UNTANGLED is a three-year interdisciplinary Horizon 2020 research project that seeks to examine the interconnected trends of globalisation, demographic change and technological transformation, and their effects on labour markets in the European Union and beyond. By engaging a broad range of stakeholders, including companies and civil society organisations, we will develop practical policy proposals to help governments cushion the negative impacts of these trends and ensure their benefits are enjoyed fairly across regions and sectors.
The final conference of Project UNTANGLED, “Labour Market Effects and Social Impact of Technological Transformation, Globalisation, and Demographic Change”, provided an opportunity to share our outcomes and engage in discussions with fellow scholars studying labour market trends.
If we are about to enter a golden age for workers, marked by higher wages, better working conditions, and the eradication of particularly hazardous tasks, then the trajectory of technological progress and the shift toward a green economy must be meticulously guided. Policies must be established to ensure that no one is left behind. This is the pivotal takeaway from the recent UNTANGLED debate.
Karina Doorley (ESRI) presented UNTANGLED research findings to business leaders, EU and national policymakers, social partners, civil society, and academics during the European Employment and Social Rights Forum held in Brussels on 16-17 November.