8. Social consequences of the fourth industrial revolution

At the 2016 World Economic Forum in Davos, the fourth industrial revolution (“50 billion new connected devices” and so on) and the acceleration of the digitisation of the economy were hot topics. Papers presented at the WEF estimated that 2.1 million new high-skill jobs would be created in the G15 economies over the next five years. At the same time, these papers predicted that more than seven million manual jobs, blue and white collar, would be lost as a result of the accelerated digitalization of the economy. And all this before 2020.

Industrial revolution. Photo Colourbox

Old jobs lost, new jobs gained.

UN Global goals.

Connected to multiple goals.

This points towards an accelerating and far-reaching change in the global labour market. It coincides with the rise of the so-called precariat, a growing and heterogeneous class or group of people with much looser and irregular ties to the labour market. They also have less work and income security than previous generations of workers. Emerging research  points towards major societal consequences of the proliferation of the precariat; consequences which might be exacerbated by the fourth industrial revolution.

Key Note Speaker: Guy Standing, Professorial Research Associate from University of London

Date: 30 November, 10.30 am - 11.15 am

Technical visit: STPLN
STPLN, Malmö’s pioneering creative space situated at the slipway of the former Kockums shipyard, 10 minutes’ walk from the conference venue, Headed by: Bertil Björk, Director of STPLN.

Date: 30 November, 1.30 pm – 4.00 pm

Dialogue Seminars

  • Seminar on the impact on the global labor-market of digitalization and the rise of the precariat.
    Speaker: Henrik Ehrenberg, Head of Policy at labour organisation Unionen.
  • Discourse on precarious working conditions and health equity.
    Speaker: Per-Olof Östergren, Professor Social Medicine and Global Health, member of Government Commission on Equity in health and the Commission for a Socially sustainable Malmö.
  • Date: 1 December, 10.00 am – 12.00 pm

Round table discussions
Discussions centred on three themes:

  1. Sharing economy, gig economy and platform based labour markets: risks and opportunities in a social perspective
    Host: Åsa Minoz, leading expert on innovation and the sharing/collaborative economy at ModigMinoz.
  2. Commons, platform cooperatives and peer-to-peer networks: power to the outsiders?
    Host: Fredrik Björk, Lecturer at Malmo University, specializing on social innovation and new forms of collaboration.
  3. Impact of precarious work conditions on public health. How can society respond?
    Host: Anna Balkfors, head secretary Commission for a socially sustainable Malmö and secretary Government Commission on Equity in Health.

Date: 1 December, 1.30pm – 3.30 pm

For more information contact:

Eva Renhammar


R&D and socially sustainable development unit 

City office

City of Malmö

Cell phone +46 70 667 87 55


Bjarne Stenqvist


R&D and socially sustainable development unit 

City office

City of Malmö

Cell phone +46 73 434 00 70


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