Changing homes and coworking

Homes are no longer places from which paid work is being excluded. This project studies how the structural change of the economy and a changing society are currently changing the meanings and functions of home. We use interviews, photographs and participant observations in the UK, Germany, France, Belgium and Sweden to explore how business owners run their businesses from home and how they use their neighbourhood for their business but also how residential homes are used  for coworking.

We are studying the home-based self-employed who work alone in their home but also how a group of self-employed people works in homes. In particular our focus on home-based coworking examines the materials, social relations, technologies and work practices that are brought together by digital platforms, and what new functions and meanings of home are emerging.