Lots of good news to share with you for 2018, including a recent publication (and more on the way), a new research project, and some excellent events to come in the fall!
Please get in touch if you would like more information!
Digital entrepreneurship is presented in popular discourse as a means to empowerment and greater economic participation for under-resourced and socially marginalised people. However, this emancipatory rhetoric relies on a flat ontology that does not sufficiently consider the enabling conditions needed for successful digital enterprise activity. To empirically illustrate this argument, we examine three paired cases of UK women digital entrepreneurs, operating in similar sectors but occupying contrasting social positionalities. The cases are comparatively analysed through an intersectional feminist lens using a critical realist methodological framework. By examining the relationships between digital entrepreneurship, social positionality, and structural and agential enabling conditions, we interrogate the notion of digital entrepreneurship as an emancipatory phenomenon producing liberated workers.
Earlier this week (19 June), Capital Enterprise announced the launch of a new Diversity in Tech programme, supported by the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, that looks to double the number of female and BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) founders accessing investment by 2020. I am leading the participation of Loughborough University London by conducting a longitudinal study related to the Diversity in Tech activities. The research will also provide lessons learnt for the programme leading to the development of a toolkit for the sector to support future strategies.
- Following the success of our two year anniversary of the Missing in Action workshop for women creatives, entrepreneurs, and techies, Digital Women UK will be hosting a similar event in Birmingham on 22 Sept 2018, venue and details TBC. Follow DWUK on Twitter for updates!
- Colleagues from Queen Mary University of London, University of Bath, and University of Keele and I are holding an anti-racist workshop, Building the Anti-Racist Classroom, on 18-19 Oct 2018. Bookmark the page and check back as the registration link and full programme will soon be up!