In our series “Meet the LOC” we would like to introduce you to the members of our Local Organizing Committee. The previous entries in this series can be found here.
What is your main sociological field of study and what sparked your interest in it?
My main field of research is sociology of work and employment. The research area attracted my interest in the 1980s because of the rapid technological change and the implementation of ICTs. This raised a number of questions from skills and management control to job security and the gender division of labor.
What characterizes your scientific work?
My focus is on theory-driven empirical work trying to promote the understanding of current social dynamics. This often also includes developing a critical perspective on social phenomena and giving those people a voice who are usually not present in the media or in politics.
What is the main professional activity you are engaged in?
The usual mixture, I suppose: Teaching, supervising theses, supervising research grant applications, directing and participating in research projects, writing papers, giving public lectures, talking to the media.
What are your next projects or publications?
I am currently finalizing an edited volume on ‘Space, Place and Global Digital Work’ that will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2016. This has been a publication project within the framework of the European COST Action IS 1202 ‘Dynamics of Virtual Work’. The next publication project is a German-language textbook on work and employment.
Jörg Flecker is a professor of sociology at the Department of Sociology at the University of Vienna. His research is mainly focused on critical labor studies, industrial relations, public service transformation and transnationalisation. He is currently a member of the management of the European COST Action Dynamics of Virtual Work.