Research and policy themes

Autonomy offers data-driven and analytically sharp research to help tackle the challenges of climate breakdown and the crisis of work

From responding to the challenges of automation, to implementing working time reduction, theorising digital platforms and updating workers’ rights for a twenty-first century economy, the future of work is at the heart of Autonomy’s research. Building on the practical insights generated by our workplace consultancy, and using the cutting-edge analytic tools of the Autonomy Data Unit, we offer policy solutions to tomorrow’s problems today.


Welfare is inseparable from modern work, and future-proof welfare systems are urgently needed to safeguard wellbeing, freedom and sustainability. Autonomy specialises in basic income policy to help move societies beyond conditionality and provide economic security for all. From pilot design and costing, to economic modelling and movement-building, we are one of the UK’s leading voices on unconditional unconditional cash transfers within social and economic policy.

We’re developing research and tools responding to the urgent challenge presented by climate crisis: from building the UK’s first green transition database analysing skills gaps across occupations and industries such as retrofit, to mitigating the impact of rising temperatures on an ageing population, and the effects of extreme heat on the UK workforce.

Research clusters

Autonomy_Urban develops projects, programs and proposals that support new forms of sustainable work and leisure within urban environments, designing radical and pragmatic visions for the future. We help create physical and digital infrastructures for community and economic resilience in the face of climate change, involving data analytics and mapping techniques.

Advances in digital technology have transformed the global economy at unprecedented speed: from the arrival of the gig economy, to new forms of ‘platform’ and ‘micro’ work. Autonomy_Digital seeks to understand the contours of this digital world and develop its potential towards more sustainable and empowering horizons.

Basic Income Conversation is the UK’s leading voice on cash transfer schemes and is central to Autonomy’s welfare research programme. Building a research network, its share findings at the cutting edge of work on basic income. Coordinating a growing network of cross-party politicians and activists, its looks to put basic income at the top of the political agenda.

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.