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Annual Research Conference

Established in 1999 by five founding scholars, the Diana International Research Conference is the premier international research conference on women’s entrepreneurship, gathering a collaborative network of researchers studying women’s entrepreneurship from more than 60 countries.

The 2022 Diana International Research Conference

June 19-22, 2022 | Dublin, Ireland

The Diana International Research Conference brings together more than 100 scholars worldwide, providing a forum to share global research dedicated to gender and women’s entrepreneurship. 

Hosted by Dublin City University (DCU), the 2022 Diana conference will provide scholars with an exciting new conference experience. Delegates will have opportunities to participate in a range of innovative sessions comprising plenaries, facilitated critical synopsis, roundtable, and themed panel discussions. There will also be opportunities for scholars to debate early-stage - novel but potentially ground-breaking research ideas - with the international Diana community. 

Registration is now open. Space is limited! Learn more and register today.


2022 Conference Chairs

Diana 2020 Organizational Committee - Candy Brush

Candida Brush

Vice Provost-Global Entrepreneurial Leadership and Franklin W. Olin Professor of Entrepreneurship, Babson College


Maura McAdam, PhD

Professor of Management and Director of Entrepreneurship, Dublin City University


Regina Connolly

Professor, Director of the Health Technology Impact Assessment Research Centre, Dublin City University


Karen D. Hughes

Professor, Strategy, Entrepreneurship & Mgt (Business) and Sociology (Arts) , University of Alberta

2022 Conference Sponsors

Sponsors for the Diana International Research Conference 2022 


Diana International Research Conference - History

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.[1] 

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 Hughes & Jennings) 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

[1] https://www.babson.edu/womens-leadership-institute/diana-international-research-institute/research/diana-project/