As part of research into coworking and home-based businesses, Annabelle Wilkins recently participated in two coworking events in Winchester and London.
Winchester Jelly is a free event in which freelancers come together for social contact and to work alongside other home-based workers in a friendly and supportive environment. It is held once a month at Winchester Racquets and Fitness centre, and according to the organisers, all members need to bring is ‘a computer, some work, and a willingness to chat’.
Both events revealed fascinating insights into how coworking can facilitate a sense of community and belonging among freelancers in different contexts and areas of the UK. We look forward to learning more about the future of coworking and freelance work over the coming weeks – please get in touch with the team if you are involved in coworking and would like to take part in the research.
Research by Darja Reuschke on the importance of housing for self-employment has been featured on the Understanding Society website. The research linked data from Understanding Society and the Household Panel Survey. It revealed how a person’s housing situation can affect their chances of entrepreneurism by tracking people over a 20-year period.
The ILS Dortmund is recruiting self-employed workers and business owners who work mainly from home or use their home as the base for their business, in the Kreuzviertel in Dortmund. If this is you and you are interested in taking part in the research, please contact Cornelia Tippel
Darja Reuschke was invited to give a talk at a workshop on local entrepreneurship and business start-ups in Glasgow on 20th September 2016. The event was part of the CAN DO PLACES campaign supported by the Scottish Government. The event was aimed at local government and policy makers and was well attended.
Darja Reuschke was invited to give a seminar at the Luxembourg Institute for Social and Economic Research (LISER) in Esch, Luxembourg, on 2nd November 2016. Darja presented results from her ERC WORKANDHOME project and discussed future research collaboration with LISER.