INCODING had shaped its partnership so that it can effectively address the goals of the project.

The INCODING consortium is a balanced, complementary and transdisciplinary team formed by 5 academic organisations from five European Member States (Austria, Denmark, Germany, Hungary and Spain) and an expert advisory board interacting with an extensive network of social partners, workers’representatives and stakeholder that will provide relevant feedback at several stages of the project.

Centre for Social Innovation (Zentrum für Soziale innovation - ZSI)

ZSI is a private non-profit institute for applied social sciences and a Centre of Excellece for social innovation based in Vienna (Austria).

ZSI implements research and application projects on the social embedding and impact of all types of innovations and contributes to the design and diffusion of socially accepted and sustainable innovations to meet global challenges.

By working in science and praxis, ZSI systematically links research with application. The main areas of research of the department of “work and equal opportunities” at ZSI, where this project would be embedded, are social inclusion and employment, including industrial relations and the monitoring of labour market trends. ZSI has strong methodical competences in applying co-creation and social experimentation

designs as well as in evaluating the efficacy and impact of a policy interventions, projects and programs by deploying participative, quantitative and qualitative methods. We conduct research and advise public authorities and intermediate bodies, respectively, on how to best set up policy interventions jointly aiming at sustainable economic growth and social cohesion.

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Employment Relations Research Centre (FAOS) – University of Copenhagen

Employment Relations Research Centre – is a research centre at the Department of Sociology, University of Copenhagen. FAOS was formed on 1 January 1990 as a research group attached to the Department of Sociology. On 1 January 1999 it was given the status of a research centre. Since its formation, FAOS has focused on studies of the labour market, industrial relations and, in recent years, employment relations, applying Danish, Nordic and European perspectives. FAOS’s aims are: to add to the existing fund of basic knowledge of employment relations, thus extending our understanding of the complex pattern of development currently taking place on Europe’s labour markets. This goal is to be achieved by conducting empirical and theoretical studies in Danish, European and global perspectives, to work in close association with related research environments in Denmark and other countries, with a particular focus on participation in joint comparative research projects with an international dimension; to contribute to the training of PhD-students to publish research results; and to maintain a dialogue with the labour market parties and with the relevant administrative/political institutions. In compliance with its aims, FAOS forms and joins many international research networks. The centre participates in research projects carried out in co-operation with the labour-market parties. FAOS is also a national centre under European Observatory of Working Life – EurWORK.


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WZB Berlin Social Science Center (Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung gGmbH)

The WZB Berlin Social Science Center conducts basic research with a focus on problems of modern societies in a globalized world. The research is theory-based, problem-oriented, often long-term and mostly based on international comparisons.

Research results are published for the scientific community as well as for experts in politics, business, the media and civic organizations.

As a non-university research institute, the WZB is member of the Leibniz-Association. The WZB closely cooperates with Berlin universities. Its research directors also hold chairs at universities in Berlin and beyond.

The group Globalization, Work, and Production (GAP – Globalisierung, Arbeit und Produktion) is a research group within the research area Digitalization and Societal Transformation at the Berlin Social Science Center.

The research group GAP focuses on the changing ways in which work is organized. On the one hand, globalization has led to the rise of new industrial locations (the BRIC countries, the emerging economies, i.e., fast-growing newly industrialized and developing countries) and to changes in the global footprint of enterprises. This has been accompanied by considerable changes in working and employment conditions in traditional high-wage and low-wage countries. On the other hand, new digital technologies (discussed in Germany under the labels “Industrie 4.0” and “Arbeit 4.0”) are changing the ways work is organized. The implementation of cyber-physical systems and new robotics concepts transforms work in manufacturing and service sectors. The emergence of the platform economy challenges traditional forms of the workplace and employment relations.

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Centre for Social Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences NTRE FOR SOCIAL SCIENCES, HUNGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

The Centre for Social Sciences (Hungarian Academy of Sciences Centre of Excellence) is a research institution where 200 Hungarian and international researchers engage in exploratory and innovative national and international research projects in the Social Sciences. Founded by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and part of the Eötvös Loránd Research Network, the Centre’s charter established its freedom to research without political influence. Comprising four institutes—Political Science, Minority Studies, Legal Studies, Sociology and other research units—, the Centre has greatly contributed to understanding and addressing far-reaching societal issues that pertain to Hungarian and European societies.

The Centre’s research activities focus on sociology, political science, computational social science, network science, minority studies, and law. Researchers take an interdisciplinary approach in their scientific work. The Centre’s main goals are to extend the quality of Hungarian research to Europe and beyond, to take a prominent regional lead in social science research, and to serve as a point of scientific reference in Hungary. The Centre currently operates over 70 local and international research projects.

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Sociological Research Centre on Everyday Life and Work (QUIT) – Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

QUIT – Centre d’Estudis Sociològics sobre la Vida Quotidiana i el Treball (Sociological Research Centre on Everyday Life and Work), established in 1989, is an interdisciplinary research unit at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB) attached to the Department of Sociology.

The QUIT is based within the University’s Faculty of Political Sciences and Sociology and is a part of the Institut d’Estudis del Treball (Institute for Labour Studies). The QUIT, which has been leading research in the sociology of work in Spain over the last 25 years, has, as its fundamental aim, the development and consolidation of high-quality research, building a strong expertise in three labour market related areas: labour market structure and employment policies; gender and the relation between everyday life and work ;and industrial relations.

QUIT joins many international research networks, so has been involved in large collaborative projects with outstanding research centres, often in cooperation with policy bodies.

QUIT is also the Spanish correspondent for Eurofound.


Associate professor appointed to the Sociology Department of UAB and researcher at QUIT.

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Post-doctoral Researcher at Sociological Research Centre on Everyday Life and Work (QUIT) of UAB.

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Predoctoral researcher for the INCODING project

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Project manager at the Centre d’Estudis Sociològics sobre la Vida Quotidiana I el Treball of UAB.

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Head of the department of “Work and Equal Opportunities” of ZSI – Centre for Social Innovation GmbH in Vienna

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Researcher in the department of “Work & Equal Opportunities” of ZSI – Centre for Social Innovation GmbH in Vienna.

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Associate Professor, at the Employment Relations Research Centre (FAOS)

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Associate Professor at the Employment Relations Research Centre (FAOS)

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PhD fellow at the Employment Relations Research Centre (FAOS).

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Head of the research group «working in highly-automated digital-hybrid processes» at the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society

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Post-doctoral researcher at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center and at the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society

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Professor, Faculty of Governance and International Studies & Institute of the Information Society, University of Public Service, Budapest.

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Miklós Illéssy is senior research fellow at Institute of Sociology at the Centre for Social Sciences (Budapest), and co-director of the Research Centre on Innovation and Society within the Centre.

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Ph.D. student in the SzEEDSM program of the Doctoral School of Regional- and Economic Sciences at Széchenyi Istvan University

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Ph.D. student in the area of Management and Organizational Studies. External researcher in the Hungarian team of INCODING.

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An International Advisory Board (IAB) will be created in order to provide expert input into the project. More specifically, the members of the IAB will participate in some of the project meetings as external experts and will also provide expert input to some of the project documents and discuss them in the meetings.


Lina Dencik

Lina Dencik is Professor in Digital Communication and Society at Cardiff’s School of Journalism, Media and Culture and Co-Founder/Director of the Data Justice Lab. Her research concerns the interplay between media developments and social and political change, with a particular focus on resistance, governance and the politics of data.

Lina works across a number of projects and is Principal Investigator on the project DATAJUSTICE funded by a Starting Grant from the European Research Council (2018-2023). With the Data Justice Lab, she has also worked on two further projects, Data Scores as Governance funded by the Open Society Fondations and Data Policies funded by IDRC India (in collaboration with IT for Change), and is currently working on a two-year project Towards Democratic Auditing funded by the Open Society Foundations. Previously, she worked on the ESRC-funded project Digital Citizenship and Surveillance Society and the project Managing Threats: Social Media Uses for Policing Domestic Extremism and Disorder funded by the Media Democracy Fund, Ford Foundation and Open Society Foundations.

She has published five books including Media and Global Civil Society (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), Worker Resistance and Media: Challenging Global Corporate Power in the 21st Century (co-authored with Peter Wilkin, Peter Lang, 2015), Critical Perspectives on Social Media and Protest: Between Emancipation and Control (co-edited with Oliver Leistert, Rowman & Littlefield International, 2015) and Digital Citizenship in a Datafied Society (co-authored with Arne Hintz and Karin Wahl-Jorgensen, Polity Press 2018). Her fifth book The Media Manifesto (with Natalie Fenton, Des Freedman and Justin Schlosberg) was published by Polity Press in 2020. She holds a PhD from Goldsmiths, University of London and has previously worked at the Central European University in Budapest where she is still a Fellow with the Center for Media, Data and Society (CMDS). Prior to that she worked as a television producer/director at Brook Lapping Productions in London.


Aida Ponce

Aida Ponce Del Castillo is a lawyer by training. She obtained her European Doctorate in Law, focusing on the regulatory issues of human genetics, from the Universities of Valencia and Bonn. She also holds a Master’s degree in Bioethics. Within ETUI’s Foresight Unit, her research focuses on strategic foresight and on the legal, ethical, social and regulatory issues of emerging technologies. She is a member of the Competent Authorities Sub-Group to regulate nanomaterials at the European Commission, as well as the OECD’s Working Party ‘Nanotechnologies’ and ‘-Bio, -Nano and Convergent Technologies’. Previously, she was the Head of the ETUI Health and Safety Unit, working on occupational health and safety policies in the EU. She also was the Coordinator of the Workers’ Interest Group at the Advisory Committee of Safety and Health to the European Commission.


Valerio De Stefano

Valerio De Stefano is the BOFZAP Research Professor of Labour Law at KU Leuven, Belgium, where he does research on non-standard employment, work in the «platform» (gig) economy, technology and fundamental labour rights.

Valerio obtained his PhD (2007-2011) at Bocconi, where, after his doctorate, he received a postdoctoral fellowship for four years (2011-2014). He was a post-doctoral member at Clare Hall College at the University of Cambridge (2013) and a visiting academic at the University College of London (2012) and, until 2014, he was an associate of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in Milan. From 2014 to 2017, Valerio worked as an officer of the International Labour Office (ILO) in Geneva. He is one of the Editorial Advisers of the International Labour Review and a member of the nternational Labour and Employment Relations Association (ILERA).