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Negotiating the Gig Economy: How On-Demand Food Couriers Manage Risk in Edinburgh

Title
Negotiating the Gig Economy: How On-Demand Food Couriers Manage Risk in Edinburgh
Speaker(s)
Speaker: Dr Karen Gregory # University of Edinburgh
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Date and Time
28th Nov 2018 11:00 - 28th Nov 2018 12:00
Location
6th Floor Staff Room CMB
URL
http://www.sociology.ed.ac.uk/events2/seminar_series/2018_2019/negotiating_the_gig_economy_how_on-demand_food_couriers_manage_risk_in_edinburgh

Heeding calls for granularity and depth in gig or sharing economy research, this talk takes up the challenge to provide qualitative, local research into gig economy workers lives and work experience in Edinburgh, Scotland. Looking to the gendered, raced, and classed histories of delivery labour in the city, this talk draws from sociological theories of risk to articulate how one form of gig work (on-demand, app-based food delivery) produces a topology of long-standing and new risks, which workers must and do negotiate both personally and collectively. Straying from the mainstreams critiques of the gig economy as “good” or “bad” for workers, this research, which is drawn from in-depth interviews with on-demand food couriers, illustrates how local conditions, ranging from weather, geography, cycling histories, and unionisation histories, shape how workers adapt to and successfully or unsuccessfully negotiate gig work

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