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[ecrea] Call for Research Fellows - Field Studies of Platform-Work in India

Mon Oct 29 14:33:57 GMT 2018

      *Call for Research Fellows - Field Studies of Platform-Work in India*
      *The researchers@work programme at the CIS is undertaking a study,
      supported by research assistance from Azim Premji University, on
      ‘Mapping Digital Labour in India’ with a specific focus on

      *Description*: Platform-work refers to different kinds of
      digitally-mediated service work. Since the rise of ‘Sharing
      Economy’ (or ‘gig economy’) services like Uber, Ola, UrbanClap,
      and Swiggy, platform-work has been gaining ground as viable
      employment in India. Rough estimates suggest that various
      logistics arms of Indian e-commerce companies more than 1 Lakh
      delivery personnel for ‘last-mile’ delivery services. Similarly,
      OlaCabs ‘employs’ 6.4 Lakh ‘driver partners’ and its competitor
      Uber had 2 Lakh active drivers across 100 Indian cities in 2017.
      On the flipside, the arrival of these platform-workers has
      disrupted and threatened existing labour market arrangements as we
      have witnessed in national protests by taxi and auto rickshaw
      unions. Platform-workers have also gone on strikes to secure
      better wages and fair treatment from tech companies. However,
      given that platform companies claim to be mere “technological
      intermediaries” and not service providers, it has proven difficult
to bring them under the ambit of existing labour regulations globally.

      We invite applications for *three Research Fellow positions* to
      undertake field studies of platform-work in two cities, including
      Bangalore and another city (to be decided). The project seeks to
      produce a comparative understanding of at least two different
      kinds of platform-work as unfolding across Indian cities. Each
      fellow will be responsible for one field study (one form of work
      in one city) based on their language fluency and research
      experience. The Research Fellows will be associated with CIS from
      December 2018 to June 2019, undertake fieldwork, participate in
      two research workshops, and prepare an Ethnographic Report based
      on the fieldwork.

      *Link with more details:*

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