The Uberisation of Care? The Gig-economy, Gender, Migration and Care

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Marketization, migration and the gig-economy are transforming the provision of care. Many governments are withdrawing from direct service provision, promoting consumer-driven, home-based alternatives such as nannies, au pairs and personal assistants. In Australia, temporary migrants with limited employment rights are increasingly providing such services. This project examines the intersection of temporary migration and reduced employment regulation in the context of the gendered work of care. It investigates how economic changes are transforming care work and the implications of these changes for the rights of care workers and recipients, and considers alternative social enterprise models for better protecting carer’s rights.

The ideal candidate will have an outstanding academic record in law and or politics in some or all of the areas of international human rights, migration, work, gender and policy, ideally with an interest in the effects of technology on these areas. The candidate will be able to work in an interdisciplinary setting, engaging with literature across legal and social science disciplines including social policy, politics, gender studies and economics and be interested in a mixed methods approach including interviews, policy, law and data analysis, and in framing policy recommendations. The Scientia Scholar will have experience writing literature reviews and excellent written and verbal communication skills. Previous research experience, including data collection and analysis, is desirable.

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Australian Human Rights Institute


Arts & Social Sciences
Social Policy Research Centre