Maria Figueroa

Terms and Dates:

  • Summer 2018
One Time Opportunity

Housing Options:

Student Responsibility

Cornell Affiliations:

Industrial and Labor Relations

Program Website:

ILR Fellowships


Opportunity Description

The research fellow assigned to this project will conduct applied research on the impacts of the gig-economy broadly defined to include non-standard work arrangements such as temporary and on-call work, and independent contracting. A key focus of the research will involve the effects of digital hiring platforms such as Uber and Handy on working conditions and on the economy of local communities in New York City. Additionally, this project will explore the potential of mobile applications to empower workers.

The Worker Institute has so far worked in collaborative efforts with community-based organizations to develop two applications for low wage workers in the construction industry. The research fellow will help with the field research, assisting with focus group sessions and individual interviews, convening stakeholder meetings, and testing digital applications designed for low-wage workers.

About the Worker Institute

At its heart, the Worker Institute views its work as a contribution to reversing the growing inequality, now at historic levels, which undermines the economic and social sustainability of a vibrant democratic society. The Institute provides the nation’s most comprehensive education, training, research, and organizational support for union leaders and worker advocates. Worker Institute research fellows will have the opportunity to work directly with ILR labor extension faculty based in NYC. 

The fellowship program’s goal is to provide ILR students with a unique opportunity to contribute to important projects concerning workers and unions, expand their research skills, learn about potential career paths and interact with faculty, labor leaders and other fellows.