Jan Drahokoupil

Senior Researcher


Jan Drahokoupil is senior researcher on multinational corporations. He also coordinates research on digitalization and the future of work. His broader expertise lies in political economy and development, particularly in the context of east European countries. He obtained his PhD in 2007 at the Central European University, Budapest. His book publications outside of ETUI include Transition economies: political economy in Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia (with Martin Myant), Wiley-Blackwell, 2011, and Globalization and the state in Eastern Europe: The politics of foreign direct investment, Routledge, 2009.

Areas of activity

Multinational corporations, global production networks, industrial and employment relations, workers' participation, SEEUROPE - Workers participation at board level in the SE, digitalisation

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The challenge of digital transformation in the automotive industry

This book addresses the impact of new technologies, typically discussed under the heading of Industry 4.0. It focuses in particular on the automotive industry which has been at the forefront of introducing new technologies such as industrial robots. It analyses their impact on working conditions and employment as well as on the role of production... Find out more

Digital labour in central and eastern Europe

This working paper presents the results of the ETUI Internet and Platform Work Survey conducted in Bulgaria, Hungary, Latvia, Poland and Slovakia in 2018-2019. The objective is to map the extent of digital labour in central and eastern Europe (CEE) based on the analysis of two types of online sources for generating income: internet work; and its... Find out more

Unwilful ignorance: attitudes to trade unions among Deliveroo riders in Belgium

This policy brief shows that only a small minority of Deliveroo riders in Belgium, who are predominantly male, young and students, hold negative views about trade unions. Lack of exposure to and knowledge about unions was instead cited as the biggest reason why many of the riders are not members, with many of them undecided or ambivalent about the... Find out more

‘Algorithm breakers’ are not a different ‘species’: attitudes towards trade unions of Deliveroo riders in Belgium

This working paper investigates a rare case of platform work performed in the realm of regulated employment and explores the attitudes of platform workers towards collective representation. Using a case study of Deliveroo, a food delivery platform, the paper argues that platform workers are not essentially different to their peers in their... Find out more