As 2016 draws to a close, GEN has gone from strength to strength thanks to the dedication of its committee and the support of its members. In this post we would like to share and celebrate some fantastic successes for GEN, and announce some exciting things coming up for 2017.
- ‘Gender and Class at Work’ workshop in March 2016 at the University of Birmingham coordinated by Holly Birkett and Maria Villares (photos above)
- An excellent Gender track at ISBE where we developed international connections, and held a fabulous ‘confreat taster’ in which mid-career scholars contributed some great insight to some grateful early career researchers, and four best paper prizes were awarded to GEN committee members:
Best Research & Knowledge Exchange paper 2016: Beyond the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem and Mixed Embeddedness Approaches: a Review and Research Agenda
Annabell Gast | Natalia Vershinina | Kassa Woldesenbet Beta
Gender and Enterprise: Gendered Language and Student Entrepreneurship Course Choice in Universities: A Cross-Cultural Analysis
Jan Warhuus | Sally Jones
Entrepreneurship and Small Business Realities: Contemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship Research and Best Conference Paper 2016: Not as easy as it looks: Digital entrepreneurship, the great leveller?
Angela Martinez Dy | Lee Martin | Susan Marlow
17th- 18th July 2017
Sylvia Pankhurst Gender Research Center, Manchester
The Gender and Enterprise Network (GEN) invites both new and more established scholars to attend a forthcoming ‘Confreat’ (conference/retreat) on 17th and 18th of July 2017 at the Sylvia Pankhurst Gender Research Center, Manchester Metropolitan University.
The primary focus of this event is to participants to develop working papers for a conference or journal publication. This will mainly take place through feedback on papers and guidance from a prestigious team of established entrepreneurship academics, with both qualitative and quantitative research backgrounds.
During the two-day event, participants will:
- Receive personalised feedback and guidance on their working papers.
- Reflect upon the theoretical contributions of their research in the area of gender and
- Learn how to write successful grant applications.
- Engage with a unique network of internationally recognised scholars as well as early career researchers in the area of gender and entrepreneurship.
Plans are in the works for an exciting Gender Theory event organised by Prof Julia Rouse and Dr Angela Martinez Dy, featuring a number of well regarded critical realist gender theorists, to be held at Loughborough University London in April 2017. Watch this space!
We at GEN wish you a joyful and relaxing festive season!
All the best for 2017 and beyond.
The Gender and Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) invites new and more established gender and entrepreneurship scholars to attend a forthcoming ‘Confreat’ (conference/retreat) on 13th & 14th July 2016 at the University of Leeds, UK.
Our first confreat in 2015 received an overwhelmingly positive response from attendees who found it “energising”, “inspirational”, “motivating” and “essential”. We were really pleased to be able to develop, not only the attendees’ papers but also their networks and collaborative opportunities.
The primary focus is to help participants to develop a working paper for a conference or journal publication through support, feedback and guidance from a prestigious team of established entrepreneurship academics with both qualitative and quantitative research backgrounds. To do so, participants will engage with contemporary perspectives on gender and entrepreneurship as well as exploring the possibilities for developing grant proposals for future research projects.
The idea for a confreat emerged from a desire expressed by our network for a unique space where the rigour of an academic conference was combined with the supportive and encouraging aspects of a retreat environment. Over the two days, you will discuss your work in-depth with other scholars in the field, be introduced to cutting-edge research in critical gender studies, and learn how to develop grant applications for gender and entrepreneurship research. This experience is designed to sharpen your paper-writing skills and help you to develop both academically and professionally.
This confreat has been designed to support the development of full papers for those aiming to submit to the Gender Track of the ISBE conference in October 2016. However, participants are welcome to submit any paper on which they are currently working, either for a conference or journal submission. As we are really keen to support the journey to publication, last year’s attendees are free to submit the same paper as long as they have done some significant work on it in the meantime.
Who should attend: In order to provide quality feedback and a valuable experience this event will be limited to 30 attendees, and selection will be through a competitive application process. This process involves submission of an extended research abstract (1,000 words maximum) which will be reviewed by the organisers. Successful candidates will be invited to submit a full paper of approximately 7,000 words. Each paper will be reviewed by a senior academic in the field who will offer individual feedback to the author regarding how to develop their work towards journal/conference submission. Attendees will also be required to offer peer reviews upon a small number of papers.
Abstract Format (1,000 words maximum):
Objectives: e.g. What are the aims of your research? What did you want to find out? Why is this important?
Prior Work: e.g. What previous research has been done on this topic? What are the gaps your work addresses?
Approach: e.g. How did you conduct your research? What methodology and methods did you employ? How did you analyse your data?
Results: e.g. What did you find out?
Implications: e.g. What does this mean for practice, policy and/ or theory?
Value: e.g. How can others use your research? What is your contribution to theory, practice and/or policy?
We are particularly interested in applications from Early Career Researchers (fewer than five years post-PhD) and/or academics who wish to build on their current publication trajectory (i.e. aim for higher-ranked journals) in the area of gender and entrepreneurship. There are no restrictions on the topic areas for the papers, which can relate to any aspect of gender and entrepreneurship/small business management.
Please note that, with support from ISBE and ECSB, we can offer financial help for a limited number of PhD students and/or ECRs to attend. If you would like to be considered for this please request an application form and return it with your abstract by 14th March 2016.
14 March 2016 – Abstract submission deadline. Please note, due to tight timelines and limited numbers, there will be no extensions granted for abstract submissions
28 March 2016 – Successful applicants will be notified and invited to submit full papers
3 June 2016 – Full paper submission deadline
13 & 14 July 2016 – Confreat
Fee (inc all meals, an evening dinner on 13th July & bed and breakfast accommodation):
PhD students – £200
Early Career (ISBE member) – £200
Early Career (non-member) – £225
ISBE Members – £300
Non-members – £325
Please submit your abstract to Dr Sally Jones by 14 March. Please also contact her to obtain an application for financial support if you wish to apply for this.
Pleasant season’s greetings from all of us at GEN!
Below are a number of updates we wish to share regarding events for next year and some recent publications and initiatives in which you may be interested.
- New Book: Women, Business and the Law 2016: Getting to Equal
- Women’s Enterprise Scotland Launches World’s First Digital Gender Balance Certification Programme
- International Placement Scheme (IPS) is offering funded research fellowships at world-leading international research institutions for early career researchers, doctoral-level research assistants and AHRC/ESRC*-funded doctoral students.
- Prof Simon Down speaking on entrepreneurial masculinities on BBC Radio 4’s Thinking Allowed (based on this paper, co-authored with Andreas Giazitzoglu, in the ISBJ)
2016 Upcoming Events
- March 1: Westminster Forum seminar on women in the tech sector: access, skills development and policy priorities
- March 2: GEN seminar,’Gender and Class at Work’, co-sponsored by Dr Maria Villares and University of Birmingham Centre for Research on Ethnic Minority Enterprise (CREME). Guest Speaker: Prof Harriet Bradley.
- June 28-July 1: 9th Biennial Gender, Work and Organisation Conference at University of Keele.
- July 11-15: GEN Confreat #2 – Leeds University. Summary of 2015 Confreat here.
- October: ISBE Conference, Paris
Follow us on Twitter @ISBEGEN for more detailed information closer to these dates.
Wishing you and yours a happy new year and all the best for 2016!