New think tank to research freelancing

A new think tank devoted to researching freelancing has been set up with a brief to improving the understanding of self-employment and its economic contribution.

The Centre for Research on Self-Employment will deliver robust and multidisciplinary research into the freelance sector using input from academics around the world.

It will provide the basis for international comparisons and, ultimately, create a “more informed and innovative library of knowledge” on the topic of independent working.

Another key function of the CRSE is to inform debate over regulatory issues which affect the self-employed, added freelancers’ body IPSE, which is supporting the centre.

“[We are] striving to deepen our understanding of the people we represent,” said James Collins, chairman of the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed.

“It is widely recognised that the self-employed have an important impact on modern economies, but they are a sector of the labour market that is often misunderstood and misrepresented. The CRSE will also play a key role in strengthening our ability to make evidence-based policy proposals to government.”

To coincide with its establishment, the CRSE have published a new book ‘The Handbook of Research on Freelancing and Self-Employment’.

The book includes contributions from leading international academics on several areas of self-employment, from workforce trends to the talent eco-system. It also sets out the agenda for future research.

“The self-employed and freelancers are transforming business practices and career choice,” said CRSE’s chairman, Professor Andrew Burke, dean of Trinity Business School at Trinity College Dublin.

"This new think tank brings together the world’s leading researchers in the field and engages them with industry in order to create a deeper knowledge of modern freelancing to better inform managers, entrepreneurs, public policy and those undertaking a freelance career."

 

9th December 2015

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