Join the Journal of International Affairs to celebrate the launch of our newest issue on The Fourth Industrial Revolution at 6:30 PM on Monday, 4 February 2019. 

The event was livestreamed and can be viewed here or on our Facebook page here.


We stand on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another. We do not yet know just how it will unfold, but one thing is clear: the response to it must be integrated and comprehensive, involving all stakeholders of the global polity, from the public and private sectors to academia and civil society.” – Klaus Schwab

More than ever, the next industrial revolution is not something theoretical that will happen in the future, but a process that has already begun. This issue will contribute to and amplify essential discussion surrounding work in the age of automation and globalization. 

The launch event will feature a dynamic discussion format called the Long Conversation, where authors interact one-on-one to discuss their perspectives on contentious narratives and ask probing questions about their work. Speakers at this event will include: 

Francesca Rossi is the AI Ethics Global Leader at IBM Research, Professor of Computer Science at the University of Padova, Italy (on leave), and Member of the European Commission’s High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence.

Rachel Korberg is a Program Officer with the Future of Work Initiative at the Ford Foundation. Previously, she was an associate director of U.S. Jobs & Economic Opportunity at The Rockefeller Foundation, where she led work related to economic opportunity in the United States. She covers a range of issues, from the role of technology in the workforce to inclusive economic development. Rachel has worked in strategy, evaluation, and community engagement at several global nonprofits and in venture capital and investment advisory. She has a Master’s Degree in Global Affairs from Yale and lives in New York City with her wife Alexia Korberg (CC ’06), a corporate and constitutional rights litigator.

Federica Saliola is director of the World Development Report 2019, and she was a manager at the World Bank. Under her intellectual leadership, nine World Bank global reports have been published, including Enabling the Business of Agriculture (2015, 2016, and 2017), Benchmarking Public Procurement (2015, 2016, and 2017) and Procuring Infrastructure PPPs (2015, 2017, and 2018. She has also contributed to a number of reports, including Golden Growth: Restoring the Luster of the European Economic Model (2012)and the Jobs Study: Assessing Private Sector Contributions to Job Creation and Poverty Reduction (2013). She holds a doctorate in economics and a laurea in political science from the University of Rome, la Sapienza.

Elizabeth Pollitzer is the co-founder and director of Portia, an organisation dedicated to improving the quality of research and innovation outcomes, including for sustainable development. Previously, she spent almost 20 years as a researcher and lecturer at the Department of Computing at Imperial College, London, specializing in issues involving human-computer interaction and interface design.

Susan Hayter is a Senior Technical Advisory on the Future of Work at the International Labor Office (ILO) in Geneva. She coordinated a special issue on What Future for Industrial Relations in the International Labour Review and has been an editor and contributing author of a number of books and articles, including Collective Agreements: Extending Labour Protection (ILO); Industrial Relations in Emerging Economies: The Quest for Inclusive Development (ILO and Edward Elgar) and The Role of Collective Bargaining in the Global Economy (ILO and Edward Elgar). Her work focuses on the changing nature of work and production and the implications for work, unions, employers, and labor relations. She led the technical contributions provided by the secretariat to the ILO Global Commission on the Future of Work. She also worked on the technical secretariat of the ILO World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization where she was responsible for the knowledge network on global supply chains. Prior to joining the ILO, she was the Director of the Cape Town Office of the Independent Mediation Service of South Africa and a lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand in Industrial Relations. She played a role in the establishment of legitimate industrial relations institutions during the transition to democracy. She has an MSc in Industrial Relations from the London School of Economics.

Thomas Philbeck, Head of Technology, Society, and Policy, World Economic Forum