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Professional Networking: The Gig Economy

BNY Mellon, 160 Queen Victoria St, London EC4V 4LA
Wednesday, 15 November 2017
6.30pm to 9.30pm

What is the mushrooming gig economy and what is its impact on work and business in the UK? Does it offer freedom to workers, or just employers? How is it different to traditional self-employment, and is it really the future of work? Our panel will discuss the opportunities and dangers of this divisive change in the labour market. 


Professor Abi Adams (Oriel, 2006), Associate Professor of Economics, University of Oxford

Abi’s research focuses on identifying and estimating consumer choice. In 2016 she was awarded an ESRC Future Research Leaders grant, to work on modelling choice behaviour in areas where options are limited and flexibility is preferred. This research will be used to give further insights into the impact of zero hours contracts. 

Professor Jeremias Prassl (Corpus Christi, 2004), Associate Professor of Law, University of Oxford

Jeremias works in the areas of employment, corporate and European Union law. He is particularly interested in how employment law responds to rapidly changing labour markets, and regularly advises governments, international organisations and the social partners on the challenges and opportunities arising from emerging business models. His new book, Humans as a Service: The Promise and Perils of Work in the Gig Economy will be published by Oxford University Press in early 2018.

Professor Judith Freedman FBA, CBE, Pinsent Masons Professor of Taxation Law, University of Oxford

Judith is one of the founders of the Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation and is Director of Legal Research at the Centre.  Judith specialises in corporate and business taxation, , but she has a continuing interest in corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, and the interaction between law and accounting and small businesses

Kamaljeet Gill (Balliol, 2003), Policy Officer, TUC

At the TUC Kamaljeet focusses on employment and pay, as well as general economic issues.  He has previously worked as a policy advisor for the Electoral Commission and as a research and policy analyst at the race equality think tank The Runnymede Trust