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).
The workshop entitled ‘Gender and Class at Work’ was held on the 2nd of March 2016 at the University of Birmingham coordinated by Holly Birkett and Maria Villares from the University. The event attracted researchers interested in the area of gender, work, employment relations, migration, and entrepreneurship. The workshop was funded by the Enterprise and Diversity Cluster (EDC) at the Birmingham Business School and co-organised with the Gender and Enterprise Network (GEN), Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE). The discussion and presentations on the day brought participants up to date with current debates and empirical findings related to the role of class and gender at work.
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ISBE Gender and Enterprise Network (GEN) and Enterprise and Diversity Research Cluster
‘Gender and Class at Work’
2nd of March 2016
Garden Room, Park House
University of Birmingham
The Enterprise and Diversity Research Cluster at the Birmingham Business School is holding this ‘Gender and Class at Work’ workshop in collaboration with the ISBE Gender and Enterprise Network. The aim of this event is to place class at the centre of our understandings of gender and work, and analyse its intersections with other key socio-cultural relations. This interest follows the increasing awareness that inequalities related to class have been overlooked in the study of work, whilst other forms of social division such as gender or ethnicity have gained much more attention in the last decades. The aim of this workshop is to reflect upon how different class processes impact on gender structures, role and identities in large organisations or as entrepreneurs. This event will provide the space to discuss the sort of challenges the field is grappling with and why they are important. The keynote and discussion sessions will facilitate reflecting upon theoretical, conceptual and methodological approaches to research gendered and classed experiences of work and enterprise.
Attendance to the event is free but registration is required. Please send an email to Sophie Sinclair to confirm your attendance and dietary requirements.