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

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.
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Host institution

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON

Address

Highfield
So17 1bj Southampton

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 220 305,63

Beneficiaries (4)

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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 1 220 305,63

ILS - INSTITUT FUR LANDES- UND STADTENTWICKLUNGSFORSCHUNG gGMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 85 755

UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 15 050

THE UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREWS

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 109 809,37

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 639403

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 October 2015

  • End date

    30 September 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 430 920

  • EU contribution

    € 1 430 920

Hosted by:

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON

United Kingdom