Virtual Event: The Gig Economy, A Precarious Form of Maintenance

Present by: Festival of Maintenance & The Maintainers

Wednesday, May 27 2020
5:00pm BST – 12:00 noon EDT
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Virtual Event Information and Overview

Please join us for a discussion about the “gig economy” and maintenance. Gig workers (shoppers, drivers, etc) sustain daily life, and as such have been recognized as “essential workers.” But this dependence on gig workers raises an important question: what steps do companies, governments, and individuals take to maintain gig workers–or, in other words, to ensure that this form of labor is sustainable? This discussion will feature two experts on gig economies in the United States and Europe.


Katie J. Wells is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Georgetown University’s Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor. She writes about the changing relationship between cities, technology, and work. She has published findings on smart cities, housing policy, and Washington, D.C. history in academic journals such as Environment and Planning D: Society and Space and Urban Geography, and has discussed the real-time impacts of my research in media stories in The Washington Post, National Public Radio, ABC National News, CityLab, and The San Francisco Chronicle, among others.

Niels van Doorn is an Assistant Professor in New Media and Digital Culture at the University of Amsterdam. He is also the Principal Investigator of the Platform Labor research project (2018-2023), funded by the European Research Council. His research examines how digital platforms are transforming labor, social reproduction and urban governance in post-welfare societies.

This round table will be recorded and made available on the Maintainers website after the event. The webinar series is free to attend and open to all.

We ask that all attendees review the Festival of Maintenance Code of Conduct and the Maintainers Code of Conduct prior to joining the Zoom.

Thank you for your time and consideration. We look forward to talking to you soon.

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