The Centre for Research on Self-Employment (CRSE) is proud to announce the launch of a new track in Freelancing, Solo Self-Employment and Gig Economy Working at the annual Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) Conference that took place on 7-8 November in Birmingham.

ISBE is a network for people and organisations involved in small business and entrepreneurship research, policy, education, support and advice. Through its events and annual conference ISBE aims to disseminate this research to policymakers and business support organisations, where it can have genuine impact and inform change.

In line with this agenda, the track chaired by Professor Andrew Burke of Trinity College Dublin and Chair of the CRSE, and by Professor Marc Cowling of Brighton Business School at the University of Brighton, was devoted to the study of the impact of freelancers and solo self-employment on the transformation of careers, entrepreneurship and organisations.

The aim of this new track, sponsored by the CRSE, was to provide researchers in the area of self-employment and modern work with an opportunity to extend the reach of their work and heighten its impact. It also supported CRSE’s overall mission to advance knowledge and understanding of freelancers and the self-employed and uncover the forces that have caused growth in independent working.

Self-employment has become a growing part of entrepreneurship studies in recent years and the synergy between the two was illustrated by the great interest in the track receiving over 15 abstract submissions.

CRSE was also excited to see the quality and diversity of insight demonstrated by all authors who presented their research during the two-day event, covering topics such as:

  • Growth of solo self-employment in the UK
  • Self-employment and health
  • Starting motives of solo self-employed workers
  • Preparing freelancers for the future

CRSE is currently exploring opportunities for promoting the papers presented at the conference and will release an update on potential publishing opportunities in the following weeks.

For more information about the track, please visit ISBE’s website.