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Foresight unit

In 2016, the European Trade Union Institute set up the 'Foresight Unit' to study the long-term challenges facing the European trade union movement and their implications for the work of the institute.

Foresight Brief

The ETUI’s Foresight Brief features articles intended for a wide audience within the European trade union movement, including social actors and NGOs, as well as think tanks and European decision-makers. The themes of this publication are linked to the Foresight Unit’s priority areas of work: climate change and new technologies.

Latest issue

#5 Artificial intelligence: a game changer for the world of work

Aïda Ponce Del Castillo (ETUI)

'Whoever becomes the ruler of AI will become the ruler of the world,’ said Vladimir Putin in September 2017. The USA, Russia and China are all adamant that artificial intelligence (AI) will be the key technology underpinning their national power in the future. 

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Six scenarios for the future of work in the digital economy

31 January 2018
Scenario 1

In January 2018 six scenarios on the future of the world of work were published. They have been elaborated by the researchers and experts who participated in the seminar of June 28, 2017, and discussed by the union leaders at the November 2017 seminar (see other news below).

Conference Sharers and Workers

23 January 2018

“Starting a European Dialogue on the Platform Economy”: it was the main aim of this conference held in Brussels on 23 January 2018. Co-organised by the ETUI, the ETUC, IRES, ASTREES and Sharers and Workers, this conference gathered more than 130 people from platform economy, trade unions, research centers in order to freely discuss new ways to work together to shape the digital economy and make it financially sustainable, technically innovative and socially responsible.

Work in the digital economy in 2030: From research to action

8 November 2017

On 8 November 2017, the Foresight Unit organized its second seminar dedicated to the future of the world of work in the digital economy, in close collaboration with the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC). This meeting, intended primarily for trade union leaders affiliated to the ETUC, was an opportunity to present the work done during the seminar of June 2017 (see other news).

Work in the digital economy in 2030

28 June 2017

On 20 and 21 June 2017, the ETUI Foresight Unit organised its first prospective seminar on the theme "Work in the digital economy in 2030". For two days, some twenty researchers, mainly academics but also from trade unions, from different countries of the European Union and experts in the fields of digitisation of the economy met in Brussels, at ETUI's premises, to discuss and debate possible scenarios.


Christophe Degryse Senior Researcher - Head of the Foresight Unit


Aïda Ponce Del Castillo Senior Researcher - Foresight


Gérard Valenduc Associate researcher