Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Institut für Europäische Ethnologie

The Geopolitics of Automation

Projektzeitraum: 2020 - 2024 | Förderinstitution: Discovery Project, Australian Research Council


Automation threatens economic disruption. The Project aims to understand how competition between China and the US to develop automated technologies shapes the future of work. Focusing on warehouses linked to Alibaba and Amazon in Australia, Germany and Malaysia, the Project asks how automation changes labour conditions and modifies geopolitical tensions. Digital simulations of automated technologies in warehouses key to the China- US rivalry will seek to augment knowledge about the governance of labour and territory. Intended outcomes include insights into how automation is a geopolitical and economic concern for policy makers. Benefits should offer strategies for organisations negotiating automation’s effects on workforces.



Manuela Bojadžijev u.a.