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


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.

Climate challenges

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.

Feminist Futures Programme

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.


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.


Shorter working weeks

Alongside helping organisations reduce their working hours through our consultancy programme, Autonomy also works at the cutting edge of research into the future of shorter working weeks. Our work looks to enrich our understanding of existing ‘four-day week’ experiements, as well as offer the policy design and modelling required to push shorter working hours into new domains, such as the public sector.

Basic income

Autonomy has an ongoing research programme into the potential of basic income policy to respond to multiple challenges facing modern societies. From pilot design and costing, to economic modelling, we look to push forward the debate on unconditional cash transfers in social and economic policy.