Theme Project

Technology and the Evolution of Work

The ILR School is committed to providing opportunities for students, staff and faculty to work together on important topics that impact the world of work.  

As a result, we have established an annual Theme Project that is intended to bring the ILR community together around an important labor market challenge or opportunity.  Our goal is to deepen our sense of community while motivating all to develop new research, policy, practice, discussion and teaching that will significantly impact the world of work.

We reached out to students, faculty, staff and alumni to gather potential topics for our inaugural Theme Project. We selected Technology and the Evolution of Work as a top choice among several very compelling topics.  We have seen extraordinary changes in technology in the past generation and most accounts suggest even more on the horizon, even as we disagree on the short and long term implications of these technologies across the world of work. It is ripe for conversation and study.

Project Grants

With generous support from alumni, we have established a set of grants that are intended to help support projects focused on technology in the workplace.  We encourage our students, staff and faculty to apply for one of these grants and to take advantage of this opportunity to work together and bring your ideas to life.  You can find examples of potential projects and funding amounts by clicking on ‘Apply for a Grant’.  

We look forward to reviewing your projects and the outcomes they will help drive.

Book Suggestions

As part of the theme project, ILR will be selecting a book that aligns with “Technology and the Evolution of Work.” By the conclusion of the spring semester, the book will be announced and made available to the ILR community. Next fall, the book will be featured in a number of activities and incorporated into the First-year and Transfer Colloquia.

From now, until Dec. 1, please be sure to submit your favorite book and how it relates to the theme. While only one book can be selected, we will be featuring some of your recommendations on the theme project website. We are also interested in hearing about your favorite articles related to the theme, so feel free to submit those as well.