Digital lives in coworking spaces: Do mobile lifestyles reduce rural-urban disparities?

Switzerland has witnessed a steady growth of coworking spaces (CWS) over the last 10 years. While they are predominantly located in cities, they start to feature also in rural areas.

Fiche signalétique

  • Département HESB | Economie
  • Pôle de recherche New Work
  • Champ de recherche Neue Arbeits- und Organisationsformen
  • Organisme de financement FNS
  • Durée (prévue) 01.09.2018 - 31.03.2020
  • Direction du projet Nada Endrissat
  • Équipe du projet Nada Endrissat
    Timo Ohnmacht
  • Partenaires - établissements de recherche, y c. BFH HSLU
  • Mots-clés coworking Space, transformation of work, mobility, lifestyle, rural-urban disparity

Contexte initial

Our research is based on a mixed-method approach including qualitative and quantitative data stemming from mobile workers on a micro-level (actors) and from coworking organisations on a meso-level (institutions). Four case studies of Laax and Davos (rural) as well as Bern and Zurich (urban) will be used. By doing so, our research contributes to the understanding of how digitalisation is transforming work and the economy in today’s society


The overarching goal is to investigate the transformation of work due to digitalisation and how it transforms communities. Our empirical questions include: Do CWS have the potential to reduce the rural-urban disparity?

Compétences clés

Transformation der Arbeit, Digitalisierung der Wirtschaft, Regionalentwicklung, Digital Skills.