Thesis: The teleworkability of the Brussels Capital Region’s economy and its potential impact on urban dynamics: the case of the food and beverage service sector
Mr. Massimo Privitera holds a Master’s Degree in “European Economy and Business Law” and an Executive Master in “Governance and Development Policy, and has acquired substantial experience in the realm of EU policy working in Brussels for consultancies and NGOs. Furthermore, he has sharpened his policy analysis skills through several post-graduate courses and is keenly interested in sustainability in all its facets. He is the former Director of the European Network of Social Integration Enterprises (ENSIE) and currently works as Communications and Policy Coordinator for the European Startup Network (ESN), where he is in charge of analysing the policy landscape relating to startups and contributing to future policy developments. He also handles internal and external communications for the network, ensuring that ESN maintains strong relationships between member associations and creates connections with new partners on a consistent basis.
Outstanding Thesis : «The teleworkability of the Brussels Capital Region’s economy and its potential impact on urban dynamics: the case of the food and beverage service sector.» by Massimo Privitera, Communications and Policy Coordinator for the European Startup Network (ESN). This work explores the implications of an uptake of teleworking for the food and beverage service activities and their employees in the Brussels Capital Region (BCR). It finds that almost half of the activities, and more than half of the workers in the sector, could potentially be impacted by such an uptake through a decrease in the demand for these services in the Central Business District (CBD). A sizable proportion of employees working in the CBD commutes from the periphery of the BCR, representing a significant source of income for the food and beverage service activities in the area. Consequently, the widespread adoption of telework will affect the demand for these services in those municipalities that currently see an inflow of workers. This fall in demand can compromise the economic viability of the food and beverage service activities in the BCR, and push them to relocate elsewhere to follow their customer base. This could relocate jobs further away from job seekers in this sector, who usually live in low income central municipalities, in the case of the BCR, thus physically disconnecting them from the employment opportunities. Furthermore, the wellbeing of workers could be adversely impacted by the resulting longer commutes, which are found to be correlated with higher levels of stress and strain in social relationships. These findings identify the potential consequences on urban dynamics triggered by an uptake in teleworking, thus informing the policymaking aimed at mitigating any adverse impact.”