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Researcher Events

DIRI Researcher Round Table Discussions

Join us for a series of virtual researcher round table calls with experts from around the world to discuss inspiring new research directions, theoretical lenses, methods, and approaches that can lead to new understandings of women’s entrepreneurship.

June 24: COVID-19 Impact on Women’s Entrepreneurship Research: New Questions, Approaches and Methods

Host: Dr. Amanda Elam, Research Fellow, Diana International Research Institute

Details: June 24, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST

The impacts of COVID19 pandemic crisis are hitting women business owners disproportionately hard. Not only are women-owned businesses as a population more vulnerable to economic impacts due to lower firm age and size, but women-owned businesses are also concentrated in the industry sectors hit hardest by the economic shutdowns (CNBC, 2020). The challenges faced by women business owners are further exacerbated by the closure of schools and limited availability of childcare services (UN Women, 2020). ). Importantly, gender is rarely taken into account by policy-makers when developing disaster recovery responses (Bradshaw, 2013; Cupples, 2007).

Global crises can be transformative from a research perspective, inspiring new research directions, theoretical lenses, methods, and approaches that can lead to new understandings of women’s entrepreneurship relative to their leadership, business innovation, community engagement, and performance. Questions of interest include:  

  • How is the current crisis inspiring new research directions on women’s entrepreneurship around the world? 
  • What does this environmental shock mean for research and policy on women’s entrepreneurship? 


  • Dr. Donna Kelley - Professor of Entrepreneurship, Frederic C. Hamilton Chair of Free Enterprise, Babson College / Board of Directors, Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) / Team Leader, GEM United States
  • Dr. Susan Marlow - Professor of Entrepreneurship, Queen’s Award for Enterprise, University of Birmingham
  • Dr. Karen Hughes - Professor in Strategic Management and Organization (School of Business) and Sociology (Faculty of Arts), University of Alberta
  • Dr. Friederike Welter - President and Managing Director of IfM Bonn, Professor of SME Management and Entrepreneurship, University of Siegen