The Centre for Research on Self-Employment (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.  
Paper guidelines and key dates:

  • Title and abstract due: 30 September to (if you intend to present a paper, it would be helpful if you could please let us know ahead of this date)
  • Accepted papers will be notified: Week commencing 17 October
  • Draft papers and presentation slides due: 18 November  

The CRSE will cover the cost of travel and accommodation for one presenter of each selected paper.

A selection of the best papers from the workshop will be published in special issues of Small Business Economics and the International Review of Entrepreneurship.  Guidance for the Small Business Economics special issue can be found here
We are of course interested in research on freelancing, independent contracting and solo self-employment generally, but we are also particularly interested in papers addressing the following research questions/topics:

  • Freelancing and business/economic performance
  • Organisational form and contract workers
  • Organisational behaviour and contract workers
  • False versus legitimate solo self-employment
  • Freelancing and taxation
  • Contract workers: precariat or privileged?
  • Income inequality dimensions of freelancing
  • Segmentation of the freelance workforce
  • Trends in the freelance labour market
  • Contract workers and labour market competitiveness
  • Gender dimensions of freelancing
  • Wellbeing and independent working
  • Pension provision among contract workers
  • Workers’ rights and compatibility with freelancing
  • Social insurance and contract workers

Even if you do not intend on submitting a paper, but would still like to join us at the workshop, you can reserve yourself a place by emailing Kayte Jenkins at,