Tonight (Thursday 26 November) at the launch event for the Centre for Research on Self-Employment, the CRSE will launch a book: ‘The Handbook of Research on Freelancing and Self-Employment’. The Handbook illustrates the primary aim of the CRSE – to connect a global network of academics and industry and be at the forefront of the latest leading edge research on self-employment and freelancing. As quoted by Professor Andrew Burke, Editor of the Handbook and also Chairman of the CRSE Steering Committee, it is “a comprehensive overview of the latest thinking on freelancing, serving as a platform of knowledge to enable more research on the area”.

Contributions from twenty academic authors, from countries including India, Australia, Ireland, Germany and the UK, have led to a publication which reveals a diverse exploration into the changing nature of working across the world. The Handbook is the result of passion and dedication shown towards research into self-employment, from academics and also from industry collaborators, who have helped to establish a business context to the research. 

The Handbook encapsulates the proactive approach of the CRSE towards creating a single, credible source for research into self-employment. The self-employed community has undergone a drastic transformation over recent years. Attitudes towards this changing part of the workforce, and the diversity of skillsets that are now represented in the self-employed sector, dictates that new evaluations are required. 

Topics explored within the pages of the Handbook include an analysis of job quality and satisfaction among the self-employed, the business performance and value of freelancers, insurance against social risks and observations on female entrepreneurship. 

Professor Andrew Burke comments:

“[the chapters within] provide a single source compendium of the current state of the art research on freelancing that will hopefully provide a platform and inspire further research. The chapters provide some new insights and the re-appraisal of freelancing in a 21st Century business context that will better inform public policy, industry practice and career choice.”

The CRSE will continue to publish new research and literature utilising its position amongst leading academics and organisations. This Handbook is one aspect of this.

The book can be downloaded from the Research Library.


Andrew Burke, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Contributing Authors:

Dieter Bögenhold, Alpen-Adria-University Klagenfurt, Austria
Andrew Burke, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Amit J. Chauradia, Indian School of Business, India
Jerzy Cieślik, Kozminski University, Poland
Marc Cowling, Brighton University, UK
Nardo de Vries, Maastricht University, Netherlands
Uwe Fachinger, University of Vechta, Germany
Anna Frankus, FFC, Bremen, Germany
Ruchi A. Galande, Indian School of Business, India
John Kitching, Kingston University, UK
Andrea Klinglmair, Alpen-Adria-University Klagenfurt, Austria
Patricia Leighton, IPAG Business School, France & University of South Wales, UK
Tui McKeown, Monash University, Australia
Nigel Meager, Institute for Employment Studies, UK
Ana Millán, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain
José María Millán, University of Huelva, Spain
Michel Syrett, Roffey Park Institute, UK
Concepción Román, University of Huelva, Spain 
André van Stel, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland & Kozminski University, Poland
Michael Wynn, Kingston University, UK