Although there has been structural change in European regions e.g. in political or cultural terms, there have also been areas of convergence. Since the seventies, economic development in Europe has been marked by a de-industrialisation process and tertiarisation. As part of its actions to support the growth of the European economy and its competitiveness, one of the foci of the European Commission has been to promote innovation, SME’s and entrepreneurship. Such a focus has been renewed in the Europe 2020 agenda. However, a recent survey by the Eurobarometer shows that only 45% of EU citizens would like to be self-employed, compared with 55% in the United States. In addition, only 39% of women declared having similar aspirations.

In this European network on “Entrepreneurship, Gender and Structural Transformation” researchers from different disciplines (sociology, gender studies, economics, and geography, business & regional studies) and across several ESF-countries are going to meet to exchange scientific ideas and empirical findings on gender aspects of entrepreneurship with specific regard to the role of women as entrepreneurs in structural regi onal transformation. We aim to embed this discussion in the European development from an industrial to a service society in the last century.

The organisers oft this network are:

o Professor Joanne Duberley/ Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham
o Dr. Ute Pascher/ Rhine-Ruhr Institute of Social research and Political Counselling, University of Duisburg Essen
o Professor Tadeusz Stryjakiewicz/ Institute of Socio-Economic geography and Spatial Management, Adam Mickiewicz University

The workshop will have a specific focus on the structural (economic) change which has been taking place in the more industrial regions of Europe (e.g. in Upper Silesia/ Poland, the Ruhr Area/ Germany or West Midlands/ U.K.). As such, the network will explore issues around the extent to which specific restructuring of these regions may have influenced, amongst other things, women, labour markets and work organisation, assuming that the impact on women is different than on men.

This network seeks to build a sustainable group of European experts (young scientists as well as established researchers and practitioners) from different disciplines and methodological perspectives with the objective of identifying exploratory gaps in the research topic identified above. The meetings will be a starting point and should be open to other researchers from diverse countries and regions. The interdisciplinary and international composition of the participating team of researchers will enable the development of new and innovative research designs to find solutions for the problem that the entrepreneurial discourse is still gendered and is still ignoring regional and structural barriers and conditions.

Januar 2013 bis Juni 2015



Dr. Ute Pascher-Kirsch

Tel: +49 (0)203 36303-32


Dipl.-Soz.-Wiss. Katrin Jansen

Tel: +49 (0)203 3634139

Elke Stolpe

Tel: +49 (0)203 3630330

Dipl. Verwaltungswissenschaftlerin Gabriele Thiesbrummel

Tel: +49 (0)203 36303-30


Regional Studies Association