About the initiative

Computerization and automation are fundamentally changing the very nature of work, to the point where there is increased concern about its ultimate impact on global welfare. Will automation aggravate unemployment by making many jobs obsolete? Which jobs are likely to emerge and what skills will be in demand for jobs in the future? What will be the impact of the gig economy for workers in emerging economies?
The Future of Work in Developing Countries is a research initiative that seeks to answer these questions by promoting evidence-based research on the implications of digitization and the automation of work in developing countries.
The specific objetives of the iniative are:
To develop a research agenda that integrates work on automation and the gig economy with traditional development goals.
To identify research hubs (especially those based in developing countries)
To create an academic network with the capacities to implement high-quality research on priority topics.
To disseminate knowledge and engage in dialogue with relevant stakeholders about the implications of these changes to emerging countries.


Principal investigator

Hernan Galperin

Hernan is Research Associate Professor at the University of Southern California, where he is also Director of the Annenberg Research Network on International Communication (ARNIC). He is also non-resident fellow at Centro Latam Digital, a regional cyberpolicy think-tank based at CIDE (Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económica) in Mexico City. His research centers on digital inequalities, online labor and the impact of Internet adoption in development contexts.

Scientific committee

Guillermo Cruces

Deputy Director of CEDLAS


Mark Graham

Director of Fairwork Foundation


Judith Mariscal

Executive Director of Centro Latam Digital


Janneke Pieters

Assistant Professor at Wageningen University


Jeff Johnson

Chief of the World of Work


Sunil Johal

Policy Director at the Mowat Centre


Helena Barnard

Professor of the University of Pretoria


Martin Rapetti

Director of Economic Development at CIPPEC


Jane Mariara

Executive Director of PEP


Research partners

Mark Graham

Professor of Internet Geography

Martin Rapetti

Economic Development Program Director

Sunil Johal

University of Toronto

Mona Farid Badran

Associate Professor, Cairo University

Bitange Ndemo

Associate Professor UoN

Helena Barnard

Professor, Gordon Institute of Business Science

Ifeoma Ajunwa

Assistant Professor, Cornell

Tawanna Dillahunt

University of Michigan

Carl Benedikt Frey

University of Oxford

Malavika Jayaram

Digital Asia Hub

Jacki O'Neill

Microsoft Research

Niels Beerepoot

University of Amsterdam

Julie Yujie Chen

Chinese University of Hong Kong