Upcoming Webinar: Borders, prosperity and entrepreneurial responses

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In embracing the conference theme of ‘Borders: prosperity and entrepreneurial responses’, the Gender and Enterprise Network (Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Special Interest Group) will host an international webinar during ISBE 2017.  This webinar aims to conquer some of the political borders that separate the international entrepreneurship community by bringing us together to share and discuss the potential of entrepreneurship in conquering borders through virtual and physical presence.

A panel of gender and entrepreneurship experts, listed below, will share with us their research on how entrepreneurs conquer the borders in their minds, as well as the social, political and economic borders that define our present and future.

We encourage those interested to consider hosting a ‘webinar party’ where you gather in a classroom or auditorium at your institution to watch together, so that the content can transcend the physical borders of the ISBE 2017 conference, and inspire discussion and debate amongst your communities of practice.

Prof Susan Marlow

University of Nottingham

Gender, Entrepreneurship and Prosperity
Dr Lorna Treanor

University of Nottingham

Overcoming Barriers and Borders: Crowdfunding and Women Entrepreneurs in Northern Ireland
Dr Natalia Vershinina

University of Birmingham

EU Migrant Family Businesses in Birmingham: Reactions and Responses to Brexit
Dr Haya Al-Dajani

University of Plymouth

Resourceful Arab Refugee Women Navigating Borders in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey
Prof Diane Holt

University of Essex

Women, income generation and borders in the informal economy – A focus on subsistence contexts in Africa
Prof Maura McAdam

Dublin City University

Chair and Discussant

To join webinar virtually on Wednesday, November 8th at 14:00-15:30 GMT, use the link:

Tweet us at @ISBEGEN and share your experience using the hashtag #isbegen

For technical support please email Rob Edwards at

Call for Papers – Special issue of Entrepreneurship and Regional Development

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 Full Papers Due: July 31st, 2016 

With Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, we have agreed the publication of a Special Issue that aims to further explore the contextual embeddedness of women’s entrepreneurship and to co-create useful knowledge and expertise that can feed joint learning, innovative practices and evidence-based policy-making for successful women’s entrepreneurship promotion and gender-just inclusive growth around the globe (Please see the attached Call for more details).

Specific topics that would be of interest to the special issue editors include, but not exclusively so, the following:

 • Why does the gender gap in entrepreneurship persist?

• Examples of initiatives, policies and resources successful in closing the gender gap in entrepreneurship;

• Institutional theory and women entrepreneurship;

• Regulatory institutional embeddedness: legal barriers and procedures; lack of government support in terms of policy, laws and services; inheritance, property and marriage laws; access to capital;

• Normative institutional embeddedness; gender role attitudes; women empowerment and gender equality;

• Gender-based barriers in the context in which women entrepreneurship is embedded;

• Cultural and religious embededness; normative constraints and societal views on women entrepreneurship based on cultural and religious beliefs;

• Work–family interface;

• Association of entrepreneurship with traditional male stereotypes.

The editors intend to bring with this Special Issue a significant value to women entrepreneurship researchers, policy-makers and entrepreneurs. Full papers should be submitted by email, word attachment to Alain Fayolle and Shumaila Yousafzai. First page must contain the title, author(s) and contact information for the corresponding author. For additional guidelines, please see ‘Instructions for Authors’ from a recent issue of Entrepreneurship and Regional Development or visit:

Papers suitable for publication in the Special Issue will be double-blind reviewed following the ERD’s review process guidelines. 


The Special Issue is scheduled to be published in Summer 2018. The following timetable/deadline dates are given for your information:

(1) Submission of the full papers – by 31st July 2016.

(2) First Feedback from reviewers – by 30 November 2016.

(3) Submission of the revised papers – by 31st March 2017.

(4) Expected delivery date to E&RD – by 31st January 2018.

At this stage, we kindly ask that you let us know by email whether you would be willing to contribute to the Special Issue.