Jeremias Adams-Prassl has been awarded a prestigious £100k Philip Leverhulme prize for early career researchers whose work has already had an ‘international impact’ and whose future research career is ‘exceptionally promising’.

Professor Adams-Prassl has been honoured for his work on the legal implications of artificial intelligence, for which he was awarded significant funding from the European Research Council.

Talking about the award, he said 

I’m incredibly grateful and excited - the Leverhulme Prize will support inter-disciplinary research on the global rise of algorithmic management, not least by bringing together early career researchers from across the world.

Professor Mindy Chen-Wishart, Dean of the Faculty, congratulated Professor Adams-Prassl,

Congratulations to Jeremias on this prestigious award. I am delighted that the Oxford Law Faculty will be hosting research into a subject that has such a huge impact on the working life of so many world-wide.

Professor Laura Quick from the Faculty of Theology also received a prize.

On behalf of the university, Patrick Grant, Oxford’s pro-Vice Chancellor for research, said,

Many congratulations to Jeremias and Laura for this very significant recognition of their work. The Philip Leverhulme prizes highlight and reward the research of early career academics and Jeremias and Laura have each already made substantial and impactful contributions to research. These prizes will enable them to push their work forward.

Professor Adams-Prassl’s research is at the cutting edge of 21st century technology – looking at the implications of artificial intelligence and algorithms for employment law. The prize will help fund research on how employment law can respond to a world in which automation has not replaced workers—but their bosses.

He maintains, 'I hope to provide the first systematic account of the legal challenges brought about by algorithmic management in workplaces...

'Both the theoretical foundations of employment law and its practical operation across different jurisdictions, depend on understanding and regulating the radically different organisation of the workplace of tomorrow...I hope to develop a new and positive role for employment law in ensuring algorithmic accountability and shaping the responsible use of technology at work.'

Professor Dame Sarah Whatmore, Head of the Social Sciences Division, added,

I am delighted that Jeremias Adams-Prassl has been awarded this prestigious prize as an acknowledgement of his talent and potential. His work on the future of labour markets is a vital area of social sciences research with the potential to have wide-ranging policy impacts.