Work in the Digital Age: Innovation, Security and Social Justice

Digital technology is radically changing the world of work. It has created jobs that did not exist a few years ago, while causing once secure occupations and professions to disappear. It is making some classes of workers more productive, while threatening the livelihoods of many others. It is making organizations more innovative and productive while accentuating economic inequality. Although the rapid development of advanced information and communications technologies (ICTs) is opening up promising avenues, it is also creating significant social tensions. In order to respond effectively to the challenges that these major changes are creating for individuals, organizations and society, the Université de Montréal (UdeM) builds on demonstrated strengths in the areas of work, digital technology, law, education and cybersecurity. Well-established research centres, including the CRIMT (Globalization and Work), the RDCG (Law, Change and Governance), the ICCC (Comparative Criminology) and the CRIFPE (Education), bring together experts from various sectors of the Humanities and Social Sciences to respond to the needs of businesses and society. With the creation of IVADO (Institute for Data Valorization) and the development of MILA (Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms), UdeM is recognized worldwide for the development of artificial intelligence and big data mining. UdeM can take advantage of this dynamic intersectoral ecosystem to provide actors in the world of work with insights to anticipate future technological advances and contribute, through the development of major research projects, to build a more innovative, more secure and fairer Canada.

Researcher Portrait

Gregor Murray

Gregor Murray, professeur titulaire, Faculté des arts et des sciences - École de relations industrielles Gregor Murray holds the Canada Research Chair in Globalization and the Work World. Her research interests was Working Conditions, Collective labor agreement, Globalization, Labor Standards and Laws, Labor Conflicts and Relations, Salary Payment, Occupational Health and Safety (Labour Relations) and Unionization

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Sonia Lupien

Sonia Lupien, Professeure titulaire, Faculté de médecine - Département de psychiatrie Sonia Lupien is interested in the effects of stress throughout life and has conducted studies in children and young adults. Her studies have shown that even children are vulnerable to the e ffects of stress, and some of them secrete high levels of stress hormones from 6 years old onwards.

Her studies in young adults led her to demonstrate the acute and chronic effects of stress hormones on memory and emotional regulation. Finally, studies on elderly populations have shown the negative effects of chronic stress on the hippocampus, a region involved in learning and memory processes.

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Karim Benyekhlef

Karim Benyekhlef, Professeur titulaire, Faculté de droit Karim Benyekhlef has been a professor in the Faculty of Law at the Université de Montréal since 1989. He has been seconded to the Centre de recherche en droit public since 1990 and served as its Director from 2006 to 2014. He was also the Director of the Regroupement stratégique Droit, changements et gouvernance (Strategic Law, Change and Governance Group), which brings together some 50 researchers, from 2006 to 2014.

At the same time, he was the Scientific Director of the Centre d’études et de recherches internationales de l’Université de Montréal (CÉRIUM – the Université de Montréal’s International Research and Study Centre) from 2009 to 2012. He is now the Director of the Cyberjustice Laboratory, which he founded in 2010.

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France Houle

France Houle, Vice-doyenne aux études de premier cycle, Faculté de droit France Houle, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies Administration and Reform, is a member of the Barreau du Québec and has been a Faculty Professor since 1999. From 1989 to 1999, she worked for a private law firm and for the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB).

She currently oversees REDTAC-(Im)mmigration, a network of researchers and social groups tackling immigration issues, and is a lead researcher at Centre de recherche interuniversitaire sur la mondialisation et le travail (CRIMT).

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Benoît Dupont

Benoît Dupont, Professeur titulaire, Faculté des arts et des sciences - École de criminologie Benoît Dupont, is the holder of the Canada Research Chair in Cybersecurity, after having held the Canada Research Chair in Security and Technology between 2006 and 2016.

He is a Professor of Criminology at the Université de Montréal and the Scientific Director of the Smart Cybersecurity Network (SERENE-RISC), which he founded in 2014.

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Thierry Karsenti

Thierry Karsenti, Professeur titulaire, Faculté des sciences de l'éducation - Département de psychopédagogie et d'andragogie Thierry Karsenti, holds the Canada Research Chair on information and communication technologies (ICTs) in education.

Furthermore, Professor Karsenti is noted for the contribution his research has made into the quality of pedagogy at the university level. His research interests are concerned with the pedagogical integration of new technologies, pedagogical teaching practices, open and distance learning, and motivation. As part of his professional activities, Professor Karsenti also participates in various projects of international scope, thereby playing a key role in a vast international network in which the technologies of information and communication in situations of open and distance learning are becoming a high priority.

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Vincent Gautrais

Vincent Gautrais, Professeur titulaire, Faculté de droit Vincent Gautrais is a Full Professor at the Université de Montréal’s Faculty of Law, as well as the director of the Centre de recherche en droit public (CRDP). On June 1st 2015, he was appointed Chairholder of the L.R. Wilson Chair in Information Technology and E-Commerce Law.

Since 1992, he has been doing research, writing books and articles, giving conferences on Electronic Business Law, Electronic Contracts, Cyber-consumption, Network Security, Dispute Resolution by and for the Internet, Intellectual Property and Privacy.

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David Décary-Hétu

David Décary-Hétu, Professeur adjoint, Faculté des arts et des sciences - École de criminologie David Décary-Hétu has a degree in criminology from the University of Montreal. He worked as a Senior Scientist at the School of Criminal Sciences of the Université de Lausanne before his current position as an Assistant Professor at the School of Criminology of the University of Montreal.

He has since continued his research on online illicit markets and is now particularly interested in cryptomarkets, 2nd generation online illicit markets. He has developed the DATACRYPTO tool that he uses to collect large amounts of information on cryptomarket participants.

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Alain Marchand

Alain Marchand, Professeur titulaire, Faculté des arts et des sciences - École de relations industrielles The research interests of Alain Marchand, have to do with occupational stress and health and safety. More specifically, he examine determinants, prevention and intervention concerning problems of psychological distress, depression, burnout, and alcohol and drug abuse.

He was am also interested in the methodological aspects surrounding the analysis of hierarchical and longitudinal data, and the analysis of data from complex sampling plans.

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