Processes of globalisation are sharpening focus on economics at the local level.
Local communities, whether urban or rural, are increasingly competing at an international
scale, and the success of a community’s industries – tourism, agriculture, manufacturing,
high-tech services, etc. – depends in large part on the ability of local businesses
to adapt to challenging and ever-changing global markets.
This academic conference explores how private and NGO actors seek to create and maintain
jobs as well as how local governments can support skills development and innovation
in new and existing businesses. We consider conditions affecting the prospects for
entrepreneurship, such as the availability of housing, transport, and a skilled workforce,
and we look at the formation of business clusters of entrepreneurs.
Rooted in the local.
This conference will investigate entrepreneurship in practice by visiting businesses
and local amenities in the North Isles of Shetland. After touring Shetland’s main
town of Lerwick on the afternoon of 18 March, we will travel north to our accommodation
at the remote and windswept cottages in Saxa Vord. On 19-20 March, we will speak
with business owners, self-employed entrepreneurs, and community development workers,
representing such diverse industries as fisheries processing, hospitality, the arts,
agriculture, and manufacturing. 21 March will feature presentations by conference
delegates, and we will return to Lerwick on the morning of 22 March. Throughout the
event, delegates will prepare and dine on locally produced food.
Attendance & call for papers.
Attendance is limited to around 20 delegates, accepted on a first-come, first-serve
basis. If you would like to give a talk, send an abstract (150-200 words) and biography
(max. 100 words) to convenor Adam Grydehøj at firstname.lastname@example.org.