Economy of tomorrow

What We Do

With digital and urban transformation penetrating all walks of life, we foster debate on change strategies towards a sustainable economy of tomorrow in Asia.

In 2017, in continuation of the project Economy of Tomorrow, we focus on two specific sectors of transformation, Automation and The Social City.

We engage the concept of a social and inclusive city to support dialogue among political decision makers and civil society on affordable housing, public transport and civic engagement. These three priority areas for the work by FES in Asia are key to intergenerational justice, equal distribution of and opportunities for social mobility, access to social space and family friendliness in cities.

As social projects in their own right, the automation of manufacturing industries (Industry 4.0) and its consequences for the labour market (Labour 4.0) have enormous economic impact and are changing society as a whole. To this end, we bring together economists, social scientists, trade unions and policy-makers from Asia with their counterparts from Germany and elsewhere in Europe to exchange experiences on the impact of automation on labour markets, employment transition pathways and on best-practice industrial relations.

We support policy analysis and research that bridge the cleft between economics and politics, and that bring digital transformation into this relation, seeking ways to democratize new technologies, discuss adequate qualification, and overcome economic growth without a corresponding growth in jobs for people.


  • 19.06.2018 | Economy of tomorrow | News

    Jobs: The challenge of soaring unemployment, a year before 2019 Indian parliament elections

    What lies behind the looming crisis over the future of jobs and how might it might impact the politics of India in 2019?

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  • 10.05.2018 | Economy of tomorrow | News

    A question from Thailand: Is the platform economy a new face of labour exploitation?

    Ride-share platforms have been causing conflict in recent years between workers using the platform and traditional drivers in Thailand’s second city...

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  • 25.03.2018 | Economy of tomorrow | News

    Selecting the right narrative can help unify diverse stakeholders’ support

    New Delhi – A new methodology pursued by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) in India has been applying a new narrative for alliance building to energy...

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  • Truong Minh Vu and Nguyen Vu Nhat Anh | Economy of tomorrow | Publication

    The Fourth Industrial Revolution: A Vietnamese discourse

    This publications investigates the discourse revolving around the concept of Industry 4.0 in Vietnam. It explores the current Vietnamese perspectives...

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  • Rita Padawangi | Economy of tomorrow | Publication

    The Social City: Aspiration of an Urban Transformation in Asia

    In this discussion paper, Dr. Rita Padawangi is contextualizing, reflecting and comparing the urban transformation of cities like Jakarta, Singapore...

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  • Truong Hoang Truong, Truong Thanh Thao and Son Thanh Tung | Economy of tomorrow | Publication

    Housing and Transportation in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City

    The study uses case studies to analyze the impact of urban planning on mobility and housing in Vietnam.

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