Digital Disruption, Education Policy, and the Future of Work: Shifting Frames of Reference in Shifting Times

  • Shane B. DugganEmail author


In this chapter, Duggan consider how forms of future policymaking are implicated and taken up within what he terms the speculative capacity of aspirations for the future. The accounts across this book are informed by a political economy approach and in closing, Chap.  6 questions how young people’s lives are implicated in discussions about the future that take—as a key logic—the embedding of networked technologies, digital transformation, and their contingent effects on learning, labouring, and life. Duggan offers a taxonomy of the future along three lines: the spaces of the future, the places in which it is realised, and the temporalities along which it is realised. He explains how the ‘digital’ operates for many as both a promise and purpose in terms of innovation and growth, and as solution-making in terms of mitigating, or at least minimising the effects of many population-level issues of health, mobility, and education.


Policymaking Futures Networked technologies Solution-making 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.RMIT UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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