The Regional Studies Association has awarded a Policy Expo to examine disabled entrepreneurship. The research will be led by:
- Helen Lawton Smith, Birkbeck, University of London, UK
- Connie L. McNeely, George Mason University, USA
- Jacqueline Winstanley, Birkbeck, University of London
- Dina Mansour, North South Consultants Exchange, UK
The focus of this Policy Expo book is entrepreneurship in different national contexts in relation to inequalities in opportunities for disabled entrepreneurs. Its purpose is to identify how and to what extent inequalities in opportunities are addressed in different countries and regions and to consider the design and implementation of policies in support of disabled entrepreneurs in order to encourage inclusion and improve larger entrepreneurship and innovation systems. It also addresses socio economic benefits beyond the individual.
The chapters in the book will be drawn from countries from around the world, including North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Target countries include, USA, MENA region, Vietnam, Ghana, Indonesia and Brazil. Each chapter will reference the regional structure of the country and explain whether and how there may be regional differences in patterns of disability entrepreneurship and related policy agenda.
This book will adopt an intersectional approach (e.g., ethnicity, age, and gender) in relation to disabled entrepreneurship opportunities. The overarching aim is to evaluate the policy foci in light of social dynamics and demographic profiles across and within countries, with policy lessons and recommendations that can be applied to broader conceptualizations of equality, diversity, and inclusion.
Publication date: 2025