Nabiyla Risfa Izzati is a labour law lecturer in Faculty of Law Universitas Gadjah Mada. She completed her Bachelor of Law in Universitas Gadjah Mada and her Master of Law in Leiden University. Her research interest is in the labour studies, specifically about Indonesian labour law, gig economy, and the relationship between gender and work. She is also the Vice Director of Research Center for Law, Gender, and Society Universitas Gadjah Mada, Adjunct Researcher in Centre for Digital Society Fisipol UGM, and Researcher for Fairwork Indonesia.
Her doctoral research is under Centre for Research in Equality and Diversity SBM QMUL, with topic "Gender Bias within Gig Economy: Exploring Women Experience in the On-Demand Work in Indonesia." This research will explore the labour condition, experiences, and challenges that women gig workers face day to day. Why gig work? In recent years, the gig economy, also known as the platform or sharing economy, is expanding quickly. As predicted, technological advances that changed social and economic labour often present opportunities as well as challenges. In Indonesia, the existence of the gig economy platform is still surrounded by intense public debates. Gig economy companies routinely invoke ‘independent contractor’ models in their terms of engagement, aiming to conceptualize gig work as a commercial contract between a service provider (worker) and client (service purchaser), as opposed to contracting within an employment relationship. Since gig economy workers mainly do not have access to important employment rights, such as minimum wage, sick pay, holiday pay or maternity provision, these particularly placed women gig workers at a disadvantage. However, very little research to date has focused on gender experiences of gig workers, especially outside North America and Europe, the extent to which gig employment affects women’s total workloads, working conditions, choices over work–life balance and economic empowerment remains unclear. This research will attempt to fill the void and examine the gendered experience in gig economy, by drawing cases from women workers of the on-demand platform in Indonesia.