Gérard Valenduc

Associate researcher


Gérard Valenduc is an associate professor of social sciences at the Universities of Namur (UNamur) and Louvain-la-Neuve (UCL). He has a Ph.D. in computer science. He specialised in research on the human and social dimension of technological changes. Until 2016 he was a co-director of the Research Centre of the Foundation FTU (Fondation Travail-Université, Namur), whose activities are now integrated in the Chair Labour-University at UCL, within the Open Faculty for Economic and Social Policy. His research and publications address changes in work linked to the diffusion of information and communication technologies, changes in occupations and work organisation (including the gender dimension), digital skills, digital inclusion, relations between research, innovation and society.

Areas of activity

future of work, gender, digitalisation, innovation.

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Gérard Valenduc, Patricia Vendramin

The mirage of the end of work

This Foresight Brief examines whether work has a future in the digital age. A recent wave of innovation mean machines are capable of taking over from humans an ever-wider range of tasks. Will this deprive humans of work, or force them to seek out jobs involving different tasks? Authors Gérard Valenduc and Patricia Vendramin examine various... Find out more

Technological revolutions and societal transitions

Are we currently living through a new industrial and technological revolution? Does it differ qualitatively from similar revolutions in the past? How can we gauge its political implications? Researchers working within the school of evolutionary economics, in particular those who embrace the concept of techno-economic paradigms, regard the ongoing... Find out more

The future of work in the digital era

This HesaMag issue investigates the impact of new technologies on working conditions and workers’ health and safety in industrial sectors, as well as in intellectual professions. It assesses the consequences of the “digital wave” on workers’ health and safety, in areas where they face psychosocial risks, such as technostress, mental fatigue... Find out more

Gérard Valenduc, Patricia Vendramin

Work in the digital economy: sorting the old from the new

This paper sets out to analyse the digital economy and changes in work by sifting elements of continuity from others that are radically new.Aspects examined are: genuinely new features encountered in the digital economy model; major instances of technological change observable in the working environment; new forms of work in the digital economy... Find out more