ISBE launches new conference track in Freelancing, Solo Self-Employment and Gig Economy Working


Thursday, 25th January 2018: The Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE), in partnership with the Centre for Research on Self-Employment (CRSE) – a global think tank supported by IPSE, the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed – is proud to launch a new track on Freelancing, Solo Self-Employment and Gig Economy Working at the annual ISBE conference. The track will be chaired by Professor Andrew Burke of Trinity College Dublin and the CRSE, and by Professor Marc Cowling of Brighton Business School at the University of Brighton.

The track will be devoted to the study of the impact of freelancers and solo self-employment on the transformation of careers, entrepreneurship and organisations.

The CRSE has hosted well-attended workshops over the past five years to promote research on the transformative role of freelancing, solo-self-employment and independent contracting is having on careers, entrepreneurship and organisational design/performance. The research presented at these events has been published in leading academic journals and books. Similarly, the ISBE conference has seen an increasing number of papers presented about the topic over the past few years.

The introduction of a new track as part of ISBE’s annual conference is aimed at facilitating the next stage and expansion of this exciting research trajectory.

Despite their important economic functions, freelancers are still largely under-analysed and unheralded economic agents in the modern economy. The main purpose for this ISBE research track is to fill this knowledge void by exploring the varied dimensions in the roles of freelancers, solo self-employed and independent professionals.
Authors who wish to present their research at this year’s conference in Birmingham, UK, (7-8 November) are required to submit for review an abstract detailing their proposed paper. Abstracts can be submitted via the ISBE website from the 31st of January until the 8th of April.

For further details about the new track, please visit the ISBE website.


Note to Editors
The Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) exists to enable excellence in small business and entrepreneurship across its research, policy, practice and learning communities. Celebrating its fortieth anniversary in 2017, the Institute supports an international membership of over 400 and a wider network of 4,000, and organizes events and discussions during the year that bring together this large and dynamic community. The annual ISBE conference, normally hosted in November, has grown to become one of the landmark events in the small business and entrepreneurship calendar. For more information, please visit

Centre for Research on Self-Employment (CRSE)
The CRSE is an international think tank working to improve the understanding of the self-employment sector and its impact on the economy. It delivers leading edge, robust and multidisciplinary research in collaboration with academics from around the world who are at the forefront of self-employment studies.
Key to the CRSE’s work is promoting the knowledge acquired through our research and providing comprehensive analysis into the sector to inform public policy and add value to practitioners. The CRSE is supported by IPSE, Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed. For more information, please visit


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