Newcastle University Business School

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The Limits of Emancipatory Entrepreneuring: The Case of Displaced Women in Jordan

The Emancipatory Entrepreneuring theoretical framework refers to how individuals or groups of individuals can bring about social change through a process comprising three core elements: seeking autonomy, authoring, and making declarations.

This presentation explores the emancipatory entrepreneuring of displaced women entrepreneurs operating within the informal economy of Jordan, and engaging in hidden networks to overcome contractual prohibitions imposed by commissioning organisations. The presentation will also discuss the feminist longitudinal methodology adopted in the study, and its implications on the findings which suggest that emancipatory entrepreneuring is context dependent and gendered. Finally, the presentation will conclude by examining the emancipatory outcomes of emancipatory entrepreneuring.

Speaker Biography

Dr Haya Al-Dajani, Associate Professor (Reader) at Futures Entrepreneurship Centre, Plymouth Business School, Plymouth University, and Programme Leader for the MSc Entrepreneurship and MSc Entrepreneurship and International Development Programmes.


Haya’s career has encompassed a combination of academic and industry based appointments in the UK, USA and Jordan. Currently, she co-chairs the Gender and Enterprise Network (Special Interest Group of the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship) and the Plymouth University Women’s Network.

Her overall research aim is understanding the intersectionality of gender, entrepreneurship and empowerment, and their collective impact on sustainable development. She has secured over one million GBPs in research funding from EU, UK and other funding bodies, and currently leads an ESRC DfID funded research project analysing entrepreneurship as a sustainable means of poverty alleviation for women refugees in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.