Fair’s fair: Psychological contracts and power in platform work

Back in 2017 Prof. Mark Smith and I began studying food delivery couriers to understand why this new form of non-standard work was suddenly taking off, and what was motivating a wave of street protests and wildcat strikes that had emerged that summer. In addition to speaking to 7 couriers in France, 5 in theContinue reading “Fair’s fair: Psychological contracts and power in platform work”

PhD Tips Update: Project and Knowledge Management

This is a blogpost I published on Medium during my PhD, as an individual-level response to struggles amongst my cohort to keep up with the workload. https://medium.com/@GenShanahan/phd-tips-update-project-and-knowledge-management-577eac7d6445 As a fresh batch of students get started on their PhD journeys this month, it seems a good time to share workflows for anyone unsure how to keepContinue reading “PhD Tips Update: Project and Knowledge Management”

Could Covid-19 be the push that Europe needs for unconditional basic income?

As the wide-ranging implications of the coronavirus pandemic become clear, renewed calls have been made – by academics, economists and politicians left and right – for an unconditional basic income (UBI) that would guarantee individuals regular payments, from the state, regardless of their economic activity. Beyond its potential benefits in normal times, there are suggestionsContinue reading “Could Covid-19 be the push that Europe needs for unconditional basic income?”

PhD Tips: How I Get Organized

This is a blogpost I published on Medium during my PhD, as an individual-level response to struggles amongst my cohort to keep up with the workload: https://medium.com/@GenShanahan/phd-tips-how-i-get-organized-219edbe159b3 Note: I’ve tweaked my system since publishing this article — you can read about the update here. One great thing about working in academia is that (ideally, most ofContinue reading “PhD Tips: How I Get Organized”

Work in the ‘gig economy’: one-night stand or a meaningful relationship?

Genevieve Shanahan, Grenoble École de Management (GEM) et Mark Smith, Grenoble École de Management (GEM) In Europe and around the world, many people are delivering fast food on bicycles or acting as taxi drivers in their own cars, not quite employees and not quite self-employed. Following recent legal judgements in France, the UK and inContinue reading “Work in the ‘gig economy’: one-night stand or a meaningful relationship?”

Is basic income the solution to persistent inequalities faced by women?

March 8 is International Women’s Day, and despite a range of laws and policy measures, many gender inequalities seem firmly entrenched. Given the persistence of such discrimination, what can be done? One innovative policy measure that came to the fore in the 2017 French presidential election is the basic income. A recent Council of EuropeContinue reading “Is basic income the solution to persistent inequalities faced by women?”

Les jeunes face aux défis du travail : le rôle des mères

La plupart des gens connaissent bien les raisons pour lesquelles ils doivent être reconnaissants à leur mère. On espère se souvenir de lui être redevable tout au long de l’année pour toutes les connaissances, l’amour et les soins apportés et ce, d’autant plus le jour de la fête des Mères. Cependant, des études montrent qu’enContinue reading “Les jeunes face aux défis du travail : le rôle des mères”

Work please but poverty, no thanks: how can we avoid the rise in the working poor?

As the British rock group The Smiths famously sang in 1984, “I was looking for a job and then I found a job, heaven knows I’m miserable now”. The rise of the working poor calls into question the adage that work is the best way out of poverty. With radical changes on the labour market,Continue reading “Work please but poverty, no thanks: how can we avoid the rise in the working poor?”

The voice of youth at the ballot box: lost or unheard?

The rise of nationalism across the European Union and in the United States has led to much discussion about the impact on global trade, the future of trading blocks and the changing nature of politics. One common factor among these developments has been that young people’s voice appears to have been largely ignored. France appearsContinue reading “The voice of youth at the ballot box: lost or unheard?”