28 November 2018

Careers in a Technology Fuelled Future (Inverness and livestream)

Price: Free

This is the first in a series of events exploring how technology is set to impact on the way we work and the work that we do.

Guest speaker Sanna Ojanpera is a Future of Work fellow with the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development and the lead author of a recent review on the Future of Work published by The Alan Turing Institute.

Many commentators point to inevitable technological changes in the Future

of Work. However, Sanna Ojanpera says “our review of leading research on the topic suggests that multiple possible futures exist that depend on complex dynamics between context, choices, and adaptability to new circumstances”.


Sanna will briefly look at how these dynamics might shape the opportunities for individuals, firms, civil society organizations, governments, and international organizations.


Some research on the topic has focused on the potential challenges, including rising inequality between and within countries, loss of jobs, hardship faced by younger generations and the disenfranchised, and algorithmic control in the workplace.


The changing nature and organization of jobs also gives rise to new opportunities, such as new jobs in technology driven industries and technology adoption in more traditional industries, widening market access, new models to govern and regulate the changing nature and organization of work, and improved workplace technology.


While these changes affect economies and societies differently around the world, in some areas the challenges and opportunities are converging, which opens up avenues for collaboration and learning.


This talk will offer a global outlook of these changes as well as comment on the local implications for Highlands and Islands of Scotland.


The session will start at 12:00 with pizza and informal networking.

The talk will start at 12:30 sharp when we will also begin to broadcast live-online and complete by 13:30. Q&A and networking from 13:30-14:30 will not be broadcase or recorded.


Watch online

If you can’t make it in person, you can register to watch online. We will send you a link so you can watch the talk live online, or playback later.




Sanna Ojanpera is a researcher and doctoral student at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford. Her doctoral research investigates the relationship between accessing work through online platforms and informality, and how these practices impact inequality, social exclusion, well-being, productivity and economic complexity.


She also co-convenes the Data and Inequality Interest Group at The Alan Turing Institute and through her research in the Big Data and Development Research Cluster and the Connectivity, Inclusion, and Inequality Research Group at the University of Oxford endeavours to understand what development is and could be in the era of ever increasing data and computing abilities



The session will take place at #hellodigital within An Lochran, 10 Inverness Campus. Accessible car parking is available to the rear of An Lòchran.


#hellodigital was launched by HIE with aim of supporting enterprises to make the most of digital opportunities in how they promote and operate their business.

This event is organised and supported by Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the Scottish Government's economic and community development agency for the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Find out more at www.hie.co.uk



The next event in this series is:

12 December 2018 - Can technology level the playing field for disability in the workplace?

We will explore how technology is currently, and will increasingly, remove the barriers of disability inequality in the workplace.

This session is aimed at:

  • Organisational decision-makers
  • HR and Recruitment Professionals
  • Anyone with an interest in assistive technology in the workplace.



28 November 2018 12:00 - 14:00


#hellodigital - 10 Inverness Campus
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