Department of Political Science


Robots and Immigrants: Who is stealing jobs?

29 March 2023, 12:00 pm–2:00 pm

A drone hovers above a field of sorghum

Book Launch. Who steals jobs? Who owns jobs? Focusing on the competitive labour market, this book scrutinises the narratives created around immigration and automation.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to







Eleanor Kingwell-Banham


12-2, Nunn Hall
20 Bedford Way
United Kingdom

Robots and Immigrants: Who is stealing jobs?
This book focuses on Brexit Britain and critically engages with British Euroscepticism, the alleged over-reliance on Eastern EU workers, as well as the emancipatory promises for a more automated and more productive British economy after Brexit. Focusing on the competitive British labour market, the book scrutinises the narratives created around immigration and automation. The authors explore how the advances in AI and demands for constant flow of immigrant workers eradicate political and working rights, fuelling fears over job theft and ownership.

Join us for a light lunch and critical discussion of the book with the authors, and the key themes explored within in.

It should be an interesting, multidisciplinary and policy-relevant discussion. After a conversational exchange with the discussants, we'll take questions from the audience. All are welcome to attend.

Copies fo the book will be on sale following the event, with a discount of 50%. Use code PORBM50 at the checkout via https://bristoluniversitypress.co.uk/robots-and-immigrants. Valid until 5 April 2023.

Dr Melanie Smallman (Dept of Science and Technology studies)
Dr Richard McMahon (Dept of Political Science)

Dr Denny Pencheva is a Lecturer in European Politics and Public Policy at UCL. Her work is within the field of European and British politics, with a focus on Brexit, migration, labour and welfare policies. 

Dr Kostas Maronitis is a Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Leeds Trinity University. His research interests focus on the political theory and policies of immigration, labour and European integration.