Call for contributions: “Migration and Entrepreneurship”


Publisher: Emerald, Contemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship Research Series
Editors: Natalia Vershinina, Peter Rodgers, Mirela Xheneti, Jan Brzozowski and Paul Lassalle

This book aims to explore the interconnected processes of global migration and entrepreneurship. Whilst in recent years there has been much focus on the political dimensions of migration around the world, there has been less attention given to the critical role that entrepreneurship can play in facilitating economic and social integration of migrants in new host societies.

Within this book, we welcome contributions, which take into account the relevance of social and cultural contexts (Bruton et al. 2010; Welter and Smallbone 2006) for understanding manifestations of migrant entrepreneurship by focusing at both macro and micro-levels of analysis. We are particularly interested in scholarly work, which focuses on the ‘everyday’ nature of varied manifestations of entrepreneurial practices.

Rather than simply accepting the traditional view of entrepreneurial activities involving the ‘super- hero’ stereotype of the entrepreneur (Burns, 2001), a growing strand of critical entrepreneurship (Anderson et al, 2010) calls for the recognition of the everyday (Johannisson 2011; Welter et al., 2017) and mundane nature (Rehn and Taalas, 2004) of varied forms of entrepreneurship. Embracing the desire within the ‘European tradition’ of entrepreneurship (Gartner 2008; Down 2013; McKeever, 2014) to look beyond the ‘mainstream’ has led to calls for more academic interest in the ‘other’ (Gartner, 2013) entrepreneurial individuals and practices living and taking place on the edges and margins of our societies (Imas et al., 2012; Vershinina et al., 2018; Watson 2013). 

Within this ‘age of super-diversity’ (Vertovec, 2007, Ram, Jones and Villares, 2017), new migrant groups, engaged in either voluntary or involuntary forms of migration, are yet to be fully represented in contemporary debates on self-employment and/or entrepreneurship (Edwards et al., 2016; Ram et al., 2008). In this book, we aim to offer a safe space to critically examine the specific social, cultural and political contexts of excluded groups (old and new arrivals: legal, illegal, and refugees) and develop a much-needed theoretical and policy-related set of writings that can cast light on the workings and complexities of processes of global migration and how entrepreneurship can act as an engine to drive forward social integration as well as economic growth and alleviate growth.

We welcome submissions including but not exclusive of, the following topics;

  • Global Trends in migration 
  • Variations between migration and entrepreneurship practices in the Global North and Global South
  • Role of social, cultural and political contexts impacting upon the migrants’ ability to integrate into host societies and engage in entrepreneurial endeavours
  • Role of markers of identity (Gender; Race; Class and Ethnicity) and their role in enabling or constraining entrepreneurship
  • Narratives of ‘othering’ within discourses around migration and entrepreneurship 
  • Theoretical underpinnings of migrant entrepreneurship 
  • Methodological advancements in studying the heterogeneous nature of migrant entrepreneurship

Submission Procedure

Researchers are invited to submit extended abstracts (up to 1000 words) on or before 30 November 2019, clearly explaining the aim and contribution that the chapter will make to the proposed book. 

The authors of accepted proposals will be notified by 31st December 2019 and will then be sent chapter guidance in order to assist the completion of full chapters by 28th February 2020. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis and the contributors may be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Enquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically to

Key Dates

Submission of extended abstracts: 30th of November 2019 

Acceptance of abstracts: 31st of December 2019 

Submission of chapters: 28th of February 2020 


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