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.


  • 30.05.2019 | Economy of tomorrow | News

    China-India exchange on electrical-vehicle technology could boost industry, sustainability

    India shares many development challenges with other countries, in particular regarding the energy transition and its environmental sustainability....

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  • 01.02.2019 | Economy of tomorrow | News

    The urban housing crises of Indonesia and Malaysia: Same-same but different

    The large cities of Indonesia and Malaysia are no exception to the trend or rising poor and massive shortage in affordable housing and public...

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  • 15.01.2019 | Economy of tomorrow | News

    How to put the “social” into smart cities?

    A German delegation hosted by FES, visited Singapore to find out how the city state uses technology for creating a liveable city.

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  • | Economy of tomorrow | Publication

    German Robots in China and the Alibaba Villages

    Discussion paper based on a conference on "Intelligent Manufacturing and Work 4.0 - Challenges and perspectives in China, South East Asia and Germany.

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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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