Dr Darja Reuschke and Dr Carol Ekinsmyth

Reconceptualising Urban Landscapes of Work

Funding period: 1 January 2016 – 31 December 2017
Type of funding: Seminar Series

Seminar series organised by Dr Darja Reuschke (University of Southampton) and Dr Carol Ekinsmyth (University of Portsmouth).

The series will be conducted at the University of Portsmouth, 20 April-21 April 2017;  at the University of Southampton, 11 September -12 September 2017,; and at the National Centre for Social Research (EKKE) Athens,

Work is increasingly organized outside employer-employee systems. People hold multiple jobs and an increasingly mobile workforce works in multiple places including their own homes, other people’s homes, co-working spaces, warehouses, virtual spaces, public spaces and ‘third-spaces’. However, these new realities of practices and places of work emerging in cities, and their consequences for urban systems, are still patchy and poorly understood.

The three seminars in this series respectively explore:

(1) The spatial reconfiguration of economic practice in contemporary ‘developed economy’ cities, focusing on changing urban labour markets, commuting and work-patterns, new work technologies, new urban work sites and creative spaces.

(2)  How working spaces and places in cities are changing and what this means for urban systems in terms of infrastructure, urban design and planning.

(3) How diverse forms of work shape urban spaces in times of crisis and austerity; and the transformation of Southern European historical cities through work practices and spaces in the creative industries.

1st Seminar Series: Spatial Reconfigurations of Work in Cities

2nd Seminar series: Diversity of Work Places and Spaces in Cities

3rd Seminar series: t.b.a.