The Centre for Research on Self-Employment (CRSE) with IPSE is pleased to announce the programme for the fourth annual Global Workshop on Freelancing & Self-Employment Research. 

Held on the 24th and 25th November at Brighton Business School, this workshop will be the fourth of its kind that seeks to encompass the diverse and changing context of working in the UK and across the world, with a focus on translating research into policies that support self-employment. 

Download the full programme here. 

Over two days international scholars at the forefront of freelancing and self-employment studies will present their ideas, sharing research and sparking debate.  From Kingston University UK to Kozminski University Poland, Erasmus University Netherlands, Université Catholique de Louvain Belgium, and as far away as Santa Clara University USA, the seminar will be full of specialists in this area.   

How to register for the workshop

Space is limited. Please register for one or both days of the workshop here. Should you have any questions about the workshop, please contact Kayte Jenkins,  


Day one: Thursday 24th November 

09:30 - 10:00        Registration and refreshments

10:00 - 10:15        Welcome and introduction

10:15 - 10:45        Motivations of being self-employed

Self-Employment as a Career Choice            
Marcus Dejardin, University of Namur and Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium 

Determinants of expansion plans of solo self-employed at the time of start-up 
Jerzy Cieslik, Kozminski University, Poland 

10:45 - 11:35        Welfare support and the role of policy    

Going it Alone, Moving on Up: Supporting Self-Employment in the UK
Alex Metcalfe, Federation of Small Businesses, UK 

On your own, but not alone – trade union, co-operative and mutual solutions for the self-employed
Philip Ross, Great DIGITAL Company, UK

Factors Influencing Nascent Entrepreneurship of Unemployed: The Role of Labor Market Policies
Martin Lukeš, University of Economics, Prague

11:35 - 12:00        Break

12:00 - 12:50        Performance, impact and contribution to the economy 

Explaining entrepreneurial performance of solo self-employed from a motivational perspective
André van Stel, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland and Kozminski University, Poland

In search of Schumpeterians: A resource based perspective on innovative solo self-employment
Nardo de Vries, Maastricht University, Netherlands

Solo-Entrepreneurship and Economic Catch-up: Evidence from GEM Data
Andrew Burke, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland 

12:50 - 14:00        Lunch

14:00 - 14:30        Performance, impact and contribution to the economy 

Does working for yourself pay?
John Kitching, Kingston University, UK 

A recovery built on female self-employment
Erika Watson, Prowess, UK

14:30 - 15:00        Employment status and definitions 

Defragmenting the terms Self-employed, Entrepreneur and Business Owner
Mike Riberio, Middlesex University, UK

Holidays are coming: Independent professionals and the Christmas party
David Cross, University of Bath, UK 

15:00 - 15:30        Employment status and definitions 

Disclosing the ‘masked employees’ in Europe: incidence, working conditions and wellbeing of ‘false self-employed workers'
Ana Millán, University of Córdoba, Spain 

Why is it so hard to differentiate the self-employed from employees? A critique and possible ideas for change
Patricia Leighton,  IPAG Business School, France and University of South Wales, UK

15:30                    Day one concludes

Day two: Friday 25th November 

10:00 - 10:30        Registration and refreshments

10:30 - 11:00        A policy perspective on self-employment research: Update from the experts 
Rebecca Seeley Harris, Senior Policy Adviser, Office of Tax Simplification – HM Treasury and 
Andrew Chamberlain, Deputy Director of Policy and External Affairs, IPSE

11:00 - 11:30        Technology, gig economy and media

The Roles and Characteristics of ‘Gigs’ - Creating beneficial relations between freelancers and their hiring organizations
Arjen van Witteloostuijn, Tilburg University, Netherlands

Dynamics of the Digital Work Marketplace
Ekaterina Nemkova, University of Nottingham, UK 

11:30 - 12:00        Technology, gig economy and media

Freelancers and Solo Self-Employment: Towards the Real World of Independent Work and the Case of Social Media Entrepreneurs
Dieter Bögenhold, Alpen-Adria-University Klagenfurt, Austria

Designing for Incompleteness: The Case of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, Inc.
Terri Griffith, Santa Clara University, USA

12:00 - 13:00        Lunch

13:00 - 15:00        Symposium: Practical implications for the wellbeing of the solo self-employed    

Becoming self-employed from inactivity: An in depth analysis of job satisfaction
Raquel Justo, University of Huelva, Spain 

Do whatever you like! Explaining self-employed workers’ perceived career success from a self-determination and personal-environment fit perspective
Pascale Peters, Radboud University, Netherlands

Subjective well-being and solo self-employment
Peter van der Zwan, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands 

From social support to capabilities for the work-life balance of independent professionals
Anne Annink, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands

15:00 -15:30        Day two concludes