BEYOND4.0 Summer School 2019

Work and Welfare in the Digital Age: What We Know and What More We Need to Know
3-4-5 JUNE 2019

Location: Palacio Miramar
20007 Donostia-San Sebastián
Gipuzkoa, Spain
Registration Fee*: 50 euros

The BEYOND4.0 Summer School 2019 aims to deepen understanding of evidence-based policies with the transformative potential to positively shape work and welfare in the Digital Age.

In June 2019, a group of about 25 people including researchers, policymakers, PhD students and practitioners will meet at the BEYOND4.0 Summer School to be held in Donostia-San Sebastian (Spain). With peers, it is an opportunity to explore and learn more about creating an inclusive European future. During the Summer School the participants will examine how to study the impact of the new technologies on the future of jobs, business models and welfare.

The BEYOND4.0 consortium, composed of nine European universities and research centres, organises the BEYOND4.0 Summer School 2019, and is designed by the University of Warwick in collaboration with TNO and the University of the Basque Country. The Summer School includes sessions focused on conceptual and historical understanding of technological transformations, as well as current studies and research in the field. The purpose is to generate a new research agenda. In addition to lectures and workshop, a parallel agenda will be organised with site visits to official institutions (Basque regional and territorial institutions, companies and social economy agents such as Mondragon Cooperative Corporation).

The Summer School will address the following topics:

  • How to study and research work and welfare in the digital age
  • What kind of data sets are useful and how to best use and connect them
  • How to study regional contexts and ecosystems and their economic digital transformation
  • How to study socio-economic consequences of technological transformations
  • How to understand future skills and roles of stakeholders
  • How to study technological transformations from a historical perspective
  • How to study company strategies that lead future economic and social performance
  • How to study platform economies in relation to welfare, tax and inclusiveness

BEYOND4.0 is a research innovation action under the topic “Research for inclusive growth: addressing the socioeconomic effects of technological transformations” of the Horizon 2020 programme fostered by the European Commission. The project has five objectives:

  1. Provide new, scientific insight into technological transformation;
  2. Provide new, scientific insight into company strategies dealing with technological transformation;
  3. Examine the impact of technological transformation on quality, content, and distribution of work; skill needs; education and training; value creation by companies;
  4. Identify policy options for fiscal policy (e.g. robot taxes) and welfare policy (e.g. basic income);
  5. Identify social investment approaches and tools for inclusive growth.

Intended participants for the summer school are:

  • PhD students and post-doc and other researchers in social sciences and history, technological innovation, data management and analytics, social policy and welfare states, organisation and management science;
  • Policy makers;
  • Practitioners and entrepreneurs in ecosystems development.

The Summer School will take place on 3-4-5 June 2019. If you would like to participate, please contact:

For further information about the Beyond4.0-project: or

A second Summer School will be held in 2021 focused on the results of the project.