Microenterprise, technology and big data: new forms of digital enterprise and work and ways to research them
This seminar will focus on how technology has transformed microenterprise and work and is likely to shape these in the future. The first key aim is to contribute to understanding of digital microenterprise and work in a global perspective. Combining both Global North and Global South perspectives, this seminar seeks to show how new technology including social media and mobile phones are shaping enterprise and work practices. The potentials and risks involved in advanced technologies for how work is performed and experienced and microenterprises set up and organized will be critically interrogated. The second key aim is to explore new data and methods to reveal and understand digital work and microenterprise which are often ‘hidden’ in workers’ and entrepreneurs’ homes and therefore require novel research approaches. New (big) data sources and emerging research infrastructures will be presented and their application for studying enterprise and work practices discussed.
Monday, 10 October 10.30 – 18.00
Katherine V. Gough (Loughborough University) ‘Seizing opportunities: young entrepreneurs in the mobile telephony sector in Ghana’
Lena Giesbert (German Institute of Global and Area Studies) ‘Innovation through Mobile Marketing in Micro and Small Enterprises in Kampala, Uganda’
Angela Martinez Dy (Loughborough University London) Digital entrepreneurship, the great equaliser?
Fiona Williams (University of Chester) ‘Including the excluded in a digital age? Towards understanding the digital implications of ‘remote rural’ for home-based business
Jed Long (University of St Andrews) ‘Geographically weighted regression of heat demand as a method for studying homeworking neighbourhoods and behaviour’
Kristrún Gunnarsdóttir and Jie Jiang (University of Surrey) ‘The HomeSense project: Novel instruments for household research and observational research’
Alexander Ziegler (ISF München e.V.) Market places for labour in the digital information space. Insights into the mechanisms of crowdsourcing platforms
Maria Tsampra (University of Patras) ‘Self-employment and the role of social media in Greece’
Tuesday, 11 October 9.30 – 15.30
Mark Graham (University of Oxford) ‘Digital Labour and Development: New Knowledge Economies or Digital Sweatshops’
Pelin Demirel (University of Southampton) How the Digital Work Marketplace Shifts the Entrepreneurship Ecosystems
Andrew Leyshon (University of Nottingham) ‘Capitalising on the crowd: The monetary and financial ecologies of crowdfunding’
Nick Clifton (Cardiff Metropolitan University) ‘Co-working spaces versus the home: motivations & experiences of freelance in the digital economy’
Iveta Baltina and Aleksandra Mihnenoka (Riga Technical University) ‘Co-working spaces as facilitator of entrepreneurship in Latvia?’
Katarzyna Sila-Nowicka (Urban Big Data Centre, University of Glasgow) ‘New insights into homeworking through social media’
Stuart Middleton (IT Innovation Centre, University of Southampton) ‘Geoparsing and Realtime Social Media Analytics: Technical and Social Challenges’
Benjamin Bedwel (Horizon Digital Economy Research, University of Nottingham) ‘Wearables, mobiles and monitors – what we have learnt by putting emerging technologies to work to capture the reality of home, work and the in-between’
**Places are limited, your attendance will be confirmed. Delegates are able to register either for one of these days or both days.
The seminar series is funded by the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) and jointly organised by Dr Darja Reuschke (University of Southampton), Prof Colin Mason (University of Glasgow), Prof Stephen Syrett (Middlesex University) and Prof Maarten van Ham (Delft University of Technology).
Wednesday 15th June 2016
ESRC Seminar Series: Challenging Gendered Media Mis(s)Representations of Women Professionals & Leaders
Seminar 6: “Multi-disciplinary Approaches: Developing Research Priorities and Impact”
Time: 10am-3.30 pm
Venue: Charles Carter Building, Lancaster University Management School, Lancaster, LA1 4YX
Aims of Seminar 6:
The focus for this 6th seminar is on developing research priorities and impact. Introducing participants to different multi-disciplinary approaches, including sharing examples of research and impact, the seminar will explore effective approaches to tackling gendered media misrepresentations of women professionals and leaders and how we might put those into practice to gain maximum impact.
Charlotte Valeur is the Founder and Chair of Board Apprentice Ltd., a company committed to developing diversification on boards through a board apprentice scheme. Charlotte is the Managing Director of GFG Ltd, a Governance Consultancy. She has over 30 years’ experience in the Financial Industry as an Investment Banker in Denmark and UK, has extensive board experience as a Non-Executive Director (NED) and currently holds Chair and NED positions on various boards.
Professor Anita Biressi
Anita Biressi is Professor of Media and Society in the Department of Media, Culture and Language at the University of Roehampton. She is Convenor of the MA Media, Communication and Culture. Her research interests include: documentary and popular factual programming, popular journalism, crime and law and order, class difference in contemporary British culture and gender and political voice.
Professor Rosalind Gill
Professor Rosalind Gill joined City University London in October 2013. With an interdisciplinary background, she has worked across a number of disciplines including Sociology, Gender Studies and Media and Communications with posts at Goldsmiths and King’s College London, and the LSE’s interdisciplinary Gender Institute. Rosalind is known for her research interests in gender and media, cultural and creative work, and mediated intimacy.
To book your free place at the 15th June ESRC funded Seminar 6, please email Katrin Scherschel.
Friday 17th June 2016
ESRC-funded Seminar Series “Gendered Inclusion in Contemporary Organisations” (2015-2018).
9.30am to 4.30pm
University of Essex
To advance debates concerned with the persistence of gender inequality in contemporary organizations, this seminar series argues for a shift in how we theorise and understand the tenacity and experience of ongoing discrimination. Specifically, the series calls for a move away from explanations based on an assumption of exclusion (underpinned materially and symbolically by a masculine norm) towards a focus on the way in which women and men are included in organizations today.
The third seminar in the series will explore the ways in which we can approach researching gendered inclusion and communicating our research to different audiences.
The inclusion of women in the world of workplace organizations appears to be an inherently ‘good’ project. The current extent to which women participate in the labour market is the result of many years of struggle to create the conditions for reducing gender inequality, and as such deserves recognition. For academic researchers, however, this also poses a challenge of how to question the prevalent patterns of inclusion, and how to enter into a productive dialogue with practitioners and policymakers about the need to critically appraise and change the ways women and men tend to be included within contemporary workplace settings. The seminar will provide a forum for creative engagement with a range of innovative, interdisciplinary research methodologies aiming to explore the gendered nature of inclusion. It will also inspire and facilitate reflection on our responsibilities as academics – and possibly powerful change agents – to infuse the potential for a critical approach to issues of workplace diversity and inclusion in our research practice and in our contacts with different organizational stakeholders.
• Professor Emma Bell (Keele Management School, Keele University, UK)
• Dr Suvi Salmenniemi (Department of Sociology, University of Turku, Finland)
• Prof. Melissa Tyler (Essex Business School, University of Essex, UK)
• Louise Nash (Essex Business School, University of Essex, UK)
Registration: The seminar is FREE to attend. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Please register at EVENTBRITE https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/esrc-researching-gendered-inclusion-interdisciplinary-methodologies-tickets-24878504276
When: 17 June 2016, 9.30am to 4.30pm. Registration/coffee 9.30am. Talks start at 10.00am.
Where: University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ. Venue: Wivenhoe House Hotel.
EARLY CAREER TRAVEL BURSARIES: To encourage the participation of early career scholars and PhD students, we have a limited number of TRAVEL BURSARIES. To apply for a bursary please email Dr Maria Adamson providing a brief account of your circumstances and why you are interested in attending the seminar.
The seminar series is organised by Dr Maria Adamson (Middlesex), Prof. Elisabeth Kelan (Cranfield), Dr Patricia Lewis (Kent), Prof. Nick Rumens (Portsmouth), Prof. Martyna Śliwa (Essex)