The Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE), is currently seeking papers for its track on Freelancing, Solo Self-Employment and Gig Economy Working as part of ISBE’s annual conference in Newcastle (14-15 November 2019). All abstracts must be submitted by 31 May by emailing them to

This new track was first introduced in 2018 and provides further opportunities for our network to extend the reach of their work. It is devoted to the study of the impact of freelancers and solo self-employment on the transformation of careers, entrepreneurship and organisations and is building on the success and fascinating discussions of the last year's track.

The track will be chaired by Professor Marc Cowling of Brighton Business School at the University of Brighton.

Aims of the track:

  • To attract contributions that will advance knowledge and understanding of freelancers and the self-employed
  • To uncover the forces that have caused the growth in independent working
  • To shed light on the economic and innovative value the self-employed may have on modern economy
  • To identify gaps in current research on self-employment

Authors who wish to present their research at this year’s conference in Newcastle, UK, (14-15 November), are required to submit for review an abstract detailing their proposed paper. Please refer to abstract guidelines here and submit your abstracts by 31 May by emailing them to For further details about the new track, please visit the ISBE website.