GEN News and Updates

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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.

Click here to download the 2016 GEN Newsletter



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
Metropolitan University

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.

Click here to see the full Confreat Call for Abstracts.

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.

Calling Early Career Gender Researchers: Workshop in Malaysia

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We would like to share with you the opportunity for up to 15 Early Career Researchers (defined as up to 10 years post PhD) each from the UK and Malaysia (up to 40 in total) to participate in a workshop on gender in Malaysia. The new deadline is 27th May.

Those with a background in any of the following are particularly welcome to apply:

• gender, work and organization

• women and empowerment

• gender, law and policy-making

• maternal health

• economic development

• action research

The application form, with more details on the initiative, is accessible via the following link

Further details: ‘Gender and Class at Work’ workshop 

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ISBE Gender and Enterprise Network (GEN) Enterprise and Diversity Research Cluster

Gender and Class at Work
2nd of March 2016

S102, 52 Pritchard Road

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 to research gendered and classed experiences of work and enterprise.


9.30-09.45 Registration and refreshments

09.45-10.00 Welcome, Holly Birkett and Maria Villares

10.00-10.45 The ‘unhappy marriage’ revisited: gender, class and the recession, Harriet Bradley (University of the West England)

10.45-11.30 The intersection of class and gender in life course pathways to entrepreneurship, Julia Rouse (Manchester Metropolitan University) and Dilani Jayawarna (University of Liverpool)

11.30-12.00 Coffee/tea break

12.00-12.45 Austerity Measures and the Creation of ‘In-work-Poverty’: 3 Case Study Examples, Sara Nadin (University of Liverpool) Gender, work and class: Female migrants’ narratives of social mobility and social status, Maja Cederberg (Oxford Brookes University)

13.30-14.15 Lunch

14.15. 16.00 Panel discussion around key questions: Is Class still a relevant concept? How do we understand/measure Class? How can we conceptualise the relationship between Gender, Class and Work? How does Class intersect with other inequalities at work?

Sue Marlow, University of Nottingham

Andreas Giazitzoglu, Newcastle University Business School

John Kitching, Kingston University

Natalia Vershinina, University of Birmingham

Chair: Monder Ram

16.00-16.30 Closing remarks