Welcome to the Centre for Research on Self-Employment (CRSE).  We are an international research think tank focused on the role and impact of freelancing in the economy and society.  

The rise in the adoption of agile and innovation driven freelance business models by industry, alongside the growth of self-employment in the labour market have been transformative features of economies over the last decade.  The CRSE’s mission is to provide a deeper understanding of these phenomena in order to better inform business performance, career choice and public policy.  We have an open and inclusive policy for those interested in engaging with us in order to contribute to and/or learn from our research.  

The CRSE is a partnership of international academics and industry experts in the area of self-employment, and is supported by the representative body for the UK’s self-employed community, IPSE (the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed). The research carried out by the CSRE is motivated and informed by real business practice and public policy, ensuring it has every opportunity to have a genuine impact and add value. 

Our website is the only one of its kind that brings together those at the forefront of freelancing and self-employment studies to share their latest thinking and research in the field. I invite you to take a look around our Research Library, and hope that you will benefit from the innovative catalogue of knowledge published within. 

We look forward to involving you on our journey to provide a more in depth understanding and appreciation of the role of freelancing in the modern economy.

Professor Andrew Burke
CRSE Chairman 
(Dean and Chair of Business Studies at Trinity Business School, Dublin)