CRSE is proud to announce that the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) has accepted our proposal and we will be jointly launching a new track on Freelancing, Solo Self-Employment and Gig Economy Working at the annual ISBE conference. The track will be 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.

The track will be devoted to the study of the impact of freelancers and solo self-employment on the transformation of careers, entrepreneurship and organisations.

The CRSE has hosted well-attended workshops over the past five years to promote research on the transformative role of freelancing, solo-self-employment and independent contracting is having on careers, entrepreneurship and organisational design/performance. The research presented at these events has been published in leading academic journals and books. Similarly, the ISBE conference has seen an increasing number of papers presented about the topic over the past few years. The introduction of a new track as part of ISBE’s annual conference is aimed at facilitating the next stage and expansion of this exciting research trajectory.

Despite their important economic functions, freelancers are still largely under-analysed and unheralded economic agents in the modern economy. The main purpose for this ISBE research track is to fill this knowledge void by exploring the varied dimensions in the roles of freelancers, solo self-employed and independent professionals.

Authors who wish to present their research at this year's conference in Birmingham, UK, (7-8 November) are required to submit for review an abstract detailing their proposed paper. Abstracts can be submitted via the ISBE website from the 31st of January until the 8th of April.

The CRSE will also be holding its annual Global Research Workshop on Freelancing and Self-Employment in London, 26-27 April. Authors interested in submitting their research for the workshop are invited to send a short (200-300 word) abstract of their paper to by 5pm (GMT) 31 January. For more details on the workshop and submission guidelines visit this link.