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Global Research Workshops on Freelancing and Self-Employment

Each year the CRSE, in conjunction with IPSE (the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed), holds a research seminar in order to better our understanding of the self-employed, and set the agenda for further research in the area.

This event brings together researchers, practitioners, educators and other multidisciplinary stakeholders from around the world, to share ground-breaking research and discuss various aspects of self-employment.

During the workshops, academics present their latest work which encompass the diverse and changing context of working, as well as exploring the lifestyle of freelancers, the challenges they face and their role in modern economies.

First held in 2013, these workshops have provided us with a solid understanding of the main strengths and gaps in the research literature and has raised the profile of freelancing and self-employment on the research agenda.

2016 Research Workshop

The CRSE, in association with IPSE, is currently seeking papers for the fourth annual Global Workshop on Freelancing and Self-Employment Research, taking place 24-25 November 2016 at Brighton Business School, UK.  Click here to find out more information about how to submit your paper or register interest in the event. 

Previous Research Workshops

The last seminar, held 26-27 November 2015 in London, once again brought together leading international scholars who presented new research and survey articles of research on freelancing and self-employment. Over two days, presentations covered four key topic areas: 

  • The value of freelancing on business and the economy
  • Trends and international perspectives
  • Rights, representation and social security
  • Wellbeing and professional development 


A highlight of the 2015 workshop was the group discussion surrounding the future research agenda. A policy update from Simon McVicker, Director of Policy and External Affairs at IPSE commenced the session, ensuring that the workshop was motivated and informed by real business practice and industry context. The discussion that followed once again showcased the value of gathering the leading minds in the field to debate where to take research into this sector, and ultimately raise the profile of self-employment, on both the research and political agenda.

The 2015 workshop ran alongside the official launch of the CRSE, a monumental event which occurred at an evening reception held at the National Gallery on the evening of 26 November 2015. 

Read more about previous research workshops by following the links below: 

2015 Research Workshop

2014 Research Workshop

How to be involved

To register interest or stay informed about the next research workshop, please complete the form on the contact us page.