|Publication date||13 June 2019|
|Closing date||4 October 2019|
|Level of education||PhD|
|Hours||38 hours per week|
|Salary indication||€3,389 to €3,773 gross per month|
Research at the Faculty of Humanities is carried out by six research schools under the aegis of the Amsterdam Institute for Humanities Research. The Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA), one of the six research schools, currently has a vacant postdoctoral position as part of the ERC Starting Grant project 'Platform Labor: Transformations of Work and Livelihood in Post-Welfare Societies', led by Dr Niels van Doorn.
ASCA is home to more than 110 scholars and 120 PhD candidates, and is a world-leading international research school in Cultural Analysis. ASCA members share a commitment to working in an interdisciplinary framework and to maintaining a close connection with contemporary cultural and political debates.
Digital platforms like Uber, Airbnb, and Care.com are transforming how people work, create and share value, and sustain themselves in their everyday lives. Platform companies are also increasingly important in their role as institutional actors that redraw relations between civil society, the market, and the state. When we consider that these relations have historically been shaped by pervasive gender, class, and racial inequalities, it becomes crucial to ask how and to what extent platforms – as new sites of capital accumulation, governance, and norm-making – reproduce existing inequalities and if/how they also generate new vulnerabilities or tools for empowerment. Accordingly, the Platform Labor research project aims to determine how digital platforms are changing the gendered, classed, and racialized organization of labor, livelihood, and (urban) governance in societies marked by eroding welfare systems.
The project consists of four subprojects, which examine the following topics:
The Platform Labor project addresses these topics through a cross-national comparative approach. The first three subprojects, conducted by the PI (1) and two PhD students (2 & 3), are rooted in ethnographic fieldwork research conducted in three cities that have seen a major growth in platform-mediated 'gig' and 'sharing' economy activity: Amsterdam, Berlin, and New York City.
To investigate the legal and policy challenges of the platform-mediated organization of labor and social reproduction, examined in subprojects 1-3, a postdoctoral researcher with a background in comparative law and public policy will conduct subproject 4 during the third and fourth year of the Platform Labor project. In the first year, s/he will examine how the proliferation of labor platforms impacts ongoing welfare state transitions in The Netherlands, Germany, and the United States. For example, since platform labor is highly individualized and mostly performed by independent contractors, it puts significant pressure on waning/transforming institutions of collectivity in each country (from social security to collective bargaining agreements).
Research questions may include:
In the second year, the postdoc will investigate the regulatory challenges of short-term home rental (or 'home sharing') platforms, especially on a city level. Short-term home rental platform such as Airbnb and HomeAway complicate, if not upend, existing policies and regulation concerning tourism, housing, and urban planning, as they blur traditional boundaries between tourist and residential areas, reduce the permanent rental housing supply, and can thereby contribute to the rise of rental prices in cities dealing with the ongoing effects of gentrification.
Possible research questions are:
For more information on the research project, please contact:
We will appoint the selected candidate full-time (38 hours per week) for a period of 2 years at the Department of Media Studies of the Faculty of Humanities. The intended starting date is 1 February 2020. The appointment is initially for a period of one year. Contingent on satisfactory performance (i.e. completion of an academic journal article), we will extend it by a maximum of one additional year, leading to the completion of three international peer-reviewed journal articles. The gross monthly salary (on a full-time basis) will range from €3,389 during the first year to €3,773 during the second year, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement (Cao) of Dutch universitie.
The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritise diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.
Applications should include:
Shortlisted candidates may be required to provide additional materials.
Please submit your application no later than 4 October 2019 using the link below. #LI-DNP
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