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Reshaping society and space: home-based self-employment and businesses

Objective

The aim of WORKANDHOME is to develop a new framework for understanding fundamental changes currently taking place to work that situates individuals as economic actors within the context of their wider life domains, household, home and neighbourhood. This will break new ground in how we understand and classify economic activity, the home, the firm, places of economic activity, labour markets and ‘residential’ neighbourhoods. Significant and rising numbers of people work from home as a self-employed worker or business owner throughout Europe. This will be the first study that explores social, economic and spatial aspects of homeworking by self-employed workers and business owners including the role of new technologies and social media in dissolving the home-work boundary. This is an important new area for social science research since home-based self-employment and businesses vividly manifest the interconnection of ‘home’ and ‘work’ and of the ‘economic’ and the ‘social’ as part of an increasingly complex society. WORKANDHOME will integrate theoretical perspectives from economic geography, entrepreneurship and small business research, sociology, economics, housing and neighbourhood studies. In order to investigate new realities of how people work and live, this study will integrate analytical methods across the social sciences and computer sciences and create a new fusion of primary, secondary and ‘big’ social media data from the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Europe and the world. WORKANDHOME offers a major step forward in understanding how people live, work, do business and shape space. Its integrated and international approach will stimulate considerable interdisciplinary exchange across disciplines in the social sciences for better understanding and tackling contemporary societal and economic changes and challenges.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics
  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/cultural and economic geography
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences
  • /social sciences
  • /social sciences/economics and business
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/employment
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/entrepreneurship
  • /social sciences/sociology

Call for proposal

ERC-2014-STG
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Funding Scheme

ERC-STG - Starting Grant

Host institution

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON
Address
Highfield
SO17 1BJ Southampton
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 236 090,63

Beneficiaries (4)

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 1 236 090,63
Address
Highfield
SO17 1BJ Southampton
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ILS - INSTITUT FUR LANDES- UND STADTENTWICKLUNGSFORSCHUNG gGMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 91 362,58
Address
Brüderweg 22-24
44135 Dortmund
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 15 050
Address
Heidelberglaan 8
3584 CS Utrecht
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREWS

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 88 416,79
Address
North Street 66 College Gate
KY16 9AJ St Andrews
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments