Additional Information about The Diana International Research Institute
The Diana Project™ serves as the overarching platform for research activities, forums and scholarship focusing on gender and women’s entrepreneurship, with an emphasis on business growth, economic development and social change. The annual Diana International Research Conference provides the platform for researchers to investigate, connect and share a global research agenda. Diana Impact Day is a global convening of the vital stakeholders who are dedicated to changing the landscape of gender and women’s entrepreneurship and seeks to connect research, education, practice and policy to drive change.
Background on the Diana International Conferences
Established in 1999 by five founding scholars, the Diana International Research Conference is the premier international research conference on women’s entrepreneurship, gathering the collaborative network of researchers studying women’s entrepreneurship from more than 60 countries The Diana Project™ was internationalized in 2003, when the first Diana International Conference was held in Stockholm, Sweden, hosting 25 participants from 10 countries. The mailing list of scholars participating in the Diana International Conferences includes over 600 scholars from 47 countries who have submitted papers or attended the events since 2003. Over the years, Diana International scholars have published 9, soon to be 10, edited volumes of academic research on women’s entrepreneurship around the world (Edward Elgar Publishing), in addition to nine special issues of top entrepreneurship research journals.
Previous special issues emerging from Diana International Conferences devoted to gender and women’s entrepreneurship include three issues of Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice (2006 and 2007, edited by de Bruin, Brush and Welter in 2006 and 2007; and 2012, edited by Jennings & Hughes) as well one special issue for Entrepreneurship and Regional Development 2012 (edited by Cooper and McGowan), and one special issue on women entrepreneurs and ecosystems in Small Business Economics 2018 (edited by Edelman, Manolova, Brush, Welter). The most recent special issue was released in January 2019, high growth women’s entrepreneurship, in the Journal of Small Business Management. Together these special issues generated more than 60 submissions and did much to consolidate existing scholarship in this area to date. These articles are highly cited: the special issue of ET&P (2007) has over 4,000 citations with a number of individual articles in the special issues having more than 1,000 citations including those