Seminar Entrepreneurial neighbourhood

Date and venue

9-10 September 2015
Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands

Seminar Theme

We invited papers for the ESRC seminar ‘Entrepreneurial Neighbourhoods’. This is the fourth seminar in the series ‘Entrepreneurship in Homes and Neighbourhoods’ hosted by the Department OTB – Research for the Built Environment at Delft University of Technology (Prof Maarten van Ham & Dr Reinout Kleinhans). The seminar series aims to advance our knowledge of the role of homes and neighbourhoods for entrepreneurship and firm formation and to inform enterprise and housing policy and practice.

In this seminar we are interested in theoretical and empirical insights into the importance of the neighbourhood (scale) and social networks for entrepreneurship, the rise and meaning of community-based social enterprise and its relation with the ‘civic economy’, as well as the role of social capital and changing business networks of entrepreneurs located in residential neighbourhoods. Papers have been invited that present theoretical considerations or empirical research on the community- and/or neighbourhood context of entrepreneurship.
This seminar is particularly interesting for Dutch professionals who are working with community-based social enterprises and cooperatives; a state-of-the-art of research and practice will be provided, as well as cross-links between Dutch and abroad practices.

Confirmed Speakers are:
Erik Stam  (University of Utrecht, School of Economics & Utrecht Center for Entrepreneurship)
Beate Völker  (University of Amsterdam, Department of Sociology)
Joost Beunderman  (00 – Civic Systems Lab, London)
Marianne de Beer  (University of Utrecht, Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning)
Nick Bailey  (University of Westminster, Faculty of Architecture & the Built Environment)
James DeFilippis  (Rutgers University, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy)
Reinout Kleinhans  (Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture & the Built Environment)
Steve Clare  (Locality, London)
Emiel Rijshouwer (Erasmus University, Rotterdam)

The seminar series is funded by the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) and jointly organised by Dr Darja Reuschke (University of St Andrews), Dr Reinout Kleinhans & Prof Maarten van Ham (Delft University of Technology), Prof Colin Mason (University of Glasgow), Prof Stephen Syrett (Middlesex University) and Prof Duncan Maclennan (University of St Andrews). Please visit the seminar website for more information:


Here you can download the program.
The program starts at 9 September at 10.00 hrs (registration and coffee), and ends at 10 september at 15.15 hrs.

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For other information you can contact:
Christel Swarttouw-Hofmeijer (congressoffice):