What impact is automation having on our jobs? What does this mean for geographic and intergenerational inequality? What can we do about it?

According to the London Futures Deloitte report (Frey and Osborne, 2014), 35% of the current workforce in the UK is at risk of being made redundant over the next two decades as a result of the introduction of digital robots that will replace their tasks. For those that manage to remain employed, questions remain as to how automation will affect their experiences of employment.

Together with the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), at The University of Sussex, and funded by the Economic Social Research Council, The Young Foundation is conducting research and engagement activities to explore how corporate innovation is impacting upon employment and inequality, particularly intergenerational and geographic inequality, in local areas. This is a mixed-methods research project, drawing on analysis of secondary data sets and facilitation of co-production workshops to explore the policy implications of the research.

The project will culminate in a co-produced manifesto and policy paper, developed in partnership by SPRU, The Young Foundation, businesses, young people, trade unionists, researchers and policy-makers, which will outline how we think corporate innovation can be used to ensure an inclusive, as well as prosperous, economy.