The second international workshop of the Diginord project was organized in Oslo, Norway 31.8.2022-2.9.2022. Diginord project is a HS-NOS funded project, which brings together researchers from Nordic countries to discuss and coordinate research on digitalization and older workers. Our first international workshop was held in late 2021 in Helsinki. A third international workshop is planned to be held in Sweden in early 2023. The project’s most recent workshop featured a writing retreat for writing papers for the upcoming Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies special issue on older workers and digitalization.
The workshop also hosted a seminar with presentations on the first results of ongoing research related to digitalization and its effects on older workers. The joint writing retreat was attended by Diginord Team members form the University of Helsinki, the Norwegian Social Research (NOVA) and the Linköping University and project affiliates from the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and the University of Oulu. In addition, the workshop’s open seminar on Friday was remotely attended by international guests from several universities.
The seminar featured presentations from upcoming papers on digitalization and its effects on older workers. The discussed topics included the effects of computer use and computer training on longer working lives, older workers’ experiences related to adaption to Covid-19 pandemic at workplace and adaptions to transformative digitalization among older self-employed workers. In addition, Population Ageing research group member Zhen Im, gave a presentation on current theories and open research question related to digitalization, labour market participation and working lives of older workers.