What is Autonomy?
We are an independent think tank that produces innovative research and policy proposals related to the future of work and economic planning. Our audiences are governments, journalists, activists, trade unions and political parties. Our research grounds policy that can function in a world of automation and underemployment, as well as persistent economic inequality and environmental crisis. Our objective is to envisage and communicate a world of work that moves beyond precarity, overwork and mass poverty to one which prioritises democracy, free time, security and sustainability.
Autonomy has established itself as an innovative, nimble research organisation that has had significant impact within public debates around the future of work. Our work has garnered praise from the MPs from a variety of political parties, leading economists and wider social campaigns. Our research regularly appears in mainstream media of all kinds, from the tabloids to the World Economic Forum.
As part of our outreach work, we engage with a network of campaign groups such as the 4 Day Week Campaign (and its international counterparts), forward-thinking trade unions like the Communication Workers Union (CWU), the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation as well as events organisations such as the World Transformed. We are also a partner and contributor to the European Network for the Fair Sharing of Working Time as well as the Green New Deal for Europe.
We currently have a number of active streams of research. Examples include:
- Covid: tracking unemployment and industrial impacts of the virus and showing its effects on the lives of the population. What will the new, post-Covid economy be?
- The shorter working week: where next for the future of working time reduction?
- Community-based foundational infrastructures: sustainable, collective infrastructure for care, SMEs and sustainable practices.
- Autonomy_Digital: understand the contours of the digital economy and develop its potential towards more sustainable and empowering horizons.
- Flexibility for the worker: flexibility in itself is no bad thing, but it is currently only benefiting employers in the labour market. How do we change this?
- The Future of Welfare: moving beyond conditionality and stigmatisation to more universal systems.
How to apply:
Our application process is quite straightforward. Just send a CV (no more than 2 pages) and 1 page statement of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org by the deadline.
Sample of work: we’d also love to see some of your previous work – whether it be static visualisations or interactive plots. Please send over a sample portfolio, or link.
Application deadline: June 1st 2021
Interviews: Interviews will be held from June 10th onwards
If you have any questions about the role or are worried about applying please email email@example.com
We are committed to providing equal opportunities for everyone regardless of their background. We acknowledge that people from certain backgrounds are under-represented in our sector and we’re committed to doing what we can to correct this. We are particularly keen to receive applications from Black, Asian and minority ethnic people; people with disabilities; people who identify as being LGTBQIA; people who have a mental health condition; and people who identify as working class or have done so in the past.