Future of Work

Displaced Labour and the Future of Work in Southeast Asia

Project leads: Lukas Schlogl (University of Vienna) and Andy Sumner (King’s College London)

Employment generation is crucial to spreading the benefits of economic growth broadly and to reducing global poverty. And yet, emerging economies face a contemporary challenge to traditional pathways to employment generation: automation, digitalisation, and labour-saving technologies. This project investigates case studies of mass labour displacement in labour-abundant industries of Southeast Asia.


Schlogl, L. and Sumner, A. (2018) The Rise of the Robot Reserve Army: Automation and the Future of Economic Development, Work and Wages in Developing Countries

Kim, K. and Sumner, A. and Yusuf, A. (2017) A Job-Centered View of Inclusive Structural Transformation

Sumner, A. (2017) Is the Lewis Model of Economic Development still Relevant to Developing Countries?

Sumner, A. (2019) Deindustrialization, Tertiarization and Development in a ‘GVC-World’: What do new trajectories of structural transformation mean for developing countries?