Call 25: Winter school ‘Four dimensions of the future of work’

Deadline:  30 November 2019
Open to: early-stage researchers, PhD students, policy makers, researchers affiliated to an institute, social partners
Venue: 20–  24 January 2020 ​​in Brussels, Belgium


The world of work looks different every day with unprecedented changes in their scale, speed, and depth. Not only have professions and labour markets changed, the very nature of work is changing, placing welfare states, social partners, businesses and individuals under pressure. This event aims to spark innovate dialogues, support research activities, and promote best practices exchange connected to the Future of Work.

The Winter School on ‘Four dimensions of the future of work’ hosted by CEPS, explores the changing nature of work and its effects on the life of individual and in the society. The participants of the Winter School will explore the theme through four different approaches: technological opportunities and risks, equalities and inequalities related to new forms of work, the challenges for social dialogue and collective bargaining as well as the changing skills requirements.

CEPS will provide a comprehensive course on the future of work and related changes and challenges. The speakers and teachers include leading experts in the field, social partners and policy makers. This Winter School is targeted in priority to advanced graduate students, PhD students and researchers. The one-week Winter School is divided into four pillars. Speakers are invited to conduct regular classes, but workshops and a panel debate are also expected.

Prior to the Winter School, in their abstract selected participants will choose their own approach to tackle the question of the future of work focusing in one of its dimensions: (1) social dialogue, (2) skills, (3) worker protection and new forms of work, (4) artificial intelligence.

Depending on the number of application, priority will be given to participants interested in submitting an extended essay (max.5000 words) of their research proposal to be discussed in one of the thematic working sessions.

Preparatory readings will be assigned according to chosen topics and each participant will be requested to read and comment on someone else’s essay.

Important: Exercises will be carried out using participants’ private computers. Participants will be provided with a free copy of the latest public release of CEPS relevant publications.

Participants selected will also have the opportunity to present and discuss their own research project.


This training event is open to early-stage researchers, PhD students, policy makers, researchers affiliated to an institute, social partners.

Participants will have the possibility to present their own work.

Requirements for attending the Winter School are:

  • At least a completed Master degree with interest for policy analysis;
  • a basic knowledge of quantitative analysis combined with qualitative skills;
  • familiarity with Stata/Tableau is desirable but not essential.

Cost & Scholarship

Participation in the school is free of charge and potential participants may receive a partial reimbursement of travel and subsistence costs.


Candidates to this school are expected to fill in the application form before 30 September 2019, including a motivation for attending the school.

Applications will be evaluated by CEPS and selected based on their motivation for attending the course. All candidates will be informed whether their applications have been accepted by 7 October 2019.

Important: This event is generally oversubscribed. Applicants should therefore submit a research proposal (500 words) on their own approach of future of work to be sent with their motivation statement and any supporting information they consider relevant.

Priority will be given to participants who have stated in the application their willingness to submit a full submission of their essay (5000 words) by 30 November 2019.

Attendees at previous training courses will not be prioritised. If we receive several applications from one institution, we are likely to limit places to a maximum of two colleagues (and possibly only one if we are heavily oversubscribed).

In order to apply, register HERE.

If you have any questions, please write to:

The official web-page.