Autonomy’s Feminist Futures Programme is a theory and policy laboratory that seeks to develop visions of the future that can orientate our political and economic actions today.

It acts as a node for academics, politicians, research organisations and activists interested in the economic, technological and political questions that contemporary feminism poses.

The Feminist Futures Programme (FFP)

Dissemination

 

Via its digital platform, the FFP will showcase ideas from both new and established feminist voices. With detailed critical attention to the meaning of work, and to the gender politics surrounding what counts as work in the first place, it will regularly publish accessible, engaging, and intellectually rigorous research on a variety of relevant topics.

Collaboration

 

The programme will act to bring together researchers from different disciplines and traditions in order to address issues relating to gender and the future of work.

Invention

 

The FFP will offer training materials, media tool kits, and participatory gender audits for groups and organisations who are looking to critically assess and transform their institutional cultures in the name of more equitable working environments. Furthermore, the creation and publication of original research on the topic of gender and work will be crucial to the development of the programme. This will take the form of reports, position pieces, long-read articles, literature reviews, rapid evidence assessments, blog posts, interviews with external experts, and more.

Gender and work today: read leading economists answer 4 big questions as part of FFP's launch

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Helen Hester

Helen leads our Feminist Futures Programme. She is Professor of Gender, Technology and Cultural Politics at the University of West London. Her research interests include technofeminism, social reproduction, and post-work politics, and she is a member of the international feminist working group Laboria Cuboniks. Her books include Xenofeminism (Polity, 2018), and After Work: The Politics of Free Time (Verso, 2021, with Nick Srnicek)

Research assistants

Natasha Osben

Natasha’s research focuses on the future of work and the limits of welfare conditionality in the U.K. As part of her partnership with Autonomy, Natasha will be developing concepts related to the future of welfare, specifically on questions of space and service.

Erica Fletcher

Erica’s research investigates spoken word poetry communities in London, their use of digital media and the role inclusion plays within these communities. As part of her partnership with Autonomy, Erica will be assisting the wide-ranging research that drives the Feminist Futures Programme.

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Autonomy’s Feminist Futures Programme is supported by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation.

It is a collaboration between Autonomy and the University of West London.