Program and Speakers 2023

“Stigma, Disability and Marginalisation”

We have an amazing program set up for you! Below you can find out what we have planned for each of the five days. This year’s Spring Institute will focus on Stigma and marginalisation. This Spring Institute employs an allyship model of research in which disabled and non-disabled researchers work together. Many of our faculty members are disabled themselves or are carers of disabled family members.

Every day, sessions will run from 1-5pm UK time. The entire event is free of charge and virtual and will be hosted via Zoom. .


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Anica Zeyen

Vice Dean Equality, Diversity and Inclusion & Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Sustainability, School of Business and Management, Royal Holloway University of London (UK)

Dr. Anica Zeyen is a registered blind academic who specialises on the intersection between entrepreneurship, organizing and disability research. She leads multiple research projects in the Global South and North on disability, She employs inclusive and qualitative reserach methods. Anica is also a disability activist. K. More on her work on her blog and web page.

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Oana Branzei

Professor of Strategy, Ivey Business School, Western Univesrity (Canada

Dr. Oana Branzei is a Professor of Strategy and Sustainability at the Ivey Business School, Western University. Her areas of expertise include social innovation, social enterprise, and organizing for self-, society-, and system-transformation in response to grand challenges. She has held editorial positions on the boards of the ‘Academy of Management Review’, ‘Journal of Management’, ‘Journal of International Business Studies’. She is completing her second full term as field editor of the Journal of Business Venturing and co-edited several recent special issues on prosocial, regenerative, place-based and inclusive organizing.


This session takes place before the Spring Institute and will help you prepare.

Tuesday, 21 February 2023

During this two-hour session (3-5pm UK time), we will introduce you to the Spring Institute Format, provide you with all the necessary information to get the most out of the Spring Institute.

Spring Institute 2023

Wednesday, 1 March 2023

Disability and Activism

Thursday, 2 March 2023

Panel on Inclusive Entrepreneurship

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Rene Baker

Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (Netherland)

Dr. Rene Bakker is Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University and Associate Editor at the Journal of Business Venturing. Rene is also a member of the Young Erasmus Academy and a recent laureate of an NWO VIDI grant, which supports his research on how to boost the inclusion of the differently-abled. His research has been published in the leading management journals, including the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, Academy of Management Annals, and Journal of Business Venturing.

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Hari Baputi

Professor of Management, University of Melbourne (Australia)

Hari Bapuji is a professor of management at The University of Melbourne, Australia. His research examines how economic inequality affects businesses and vice versa. He serves as a co-editor of Business & Society and is a co-founder of Action to Improve Representation

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Pascal Day

Professor of value-based management, Bern University of Applied Sciences (Switzerland)

Dr. Pascal Dey is a professor of value-based management at the Bern University of Applied Sciences and a senior research associate at the University of St. Gallen. Pascal’s current research interests are in (social) entrepreneurship, social innovation and corporate responsibility. As part of his varied research interests, Pascal is currently working on issues related to the dark side of entrepreneurship, space and place, extreme contexts, communication (rhetoric, framing, narratology), and ecosystems. 

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Pradeep Hota

Associate Professor in Strategy, LM Thapar School of Management (India)

Dr. Pradeep Hota is an associate professor in Strategy at LM Thapar School of Management, India. His research interests are in social entrepreneurship, social innovation, sustainability, and hybrid organizations. He particularly engages in research that investigates social entrepreneurial initiatives in rural areas aimed at improving the livelihood of the village poor. He has published in the Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Business Ethics, Information and Organization, and others. 

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Stefanie Mauksch

Senior Lecturer / Research Associate in Anthropology, Leipzig University (Germany)

Dr. Stefanie Mauksch is senior lecturer and research associate in anthropology at Leipzig University (Germany) who has specialized in economic anthropology, organizational ethnography and critical entrepreneurship studies. She has conducted research on startup communities and the effects of entrepreneurial initiatives in the Global South, in particular Nepal and Sudan, and in specific social fields, such as meanings and experiences of disability.

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Israr Qureshi

Professor, Social Entrepreneurship, The Australian National University (Australia)

Dr. Israr Qureshi is Professor of Social Entrepreneurship and Digital Development. He is the Director of ANU Grand Challenges in Social Cohesion (Australian Social Cohesion: Exploring New Directions) at the Australian National University. He is involved in multiple research projects that investigate various aspects of social value creation through social entrepreneurship and digital social innovation. More here

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Lee Wainwright

Lecturer in Entrepreneurship Studies, Leeds University (UK)

Dr. Lee Wainwright is a Lecturer in Entrepreneurship Studies at Leeds University Business School and is part of the Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Studies group, specialising in entrepreneurship in challenging contexts, before then he was an entrepreneur creating a series of coffee shops in Liverpool. His research focuses on how entrepreneurship can act as a process to take people out of restrictive or oppressive contexts. As such his research tends to take a highly qulaitative process view, investigating the events which take place within an individual or social group’s lived experience for causal mechanisms.  He is currently exploring how emancipatory entrepreneurship provides a transitory route for ex-offenders to improve their life circumstances and regain a sense of autonomy and agency.

Insights on Multi-Modality

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Sneer Christal

Assistant Professor in Management, Deakin University, (Australia)

Dr. Sneha Chrispal is a Lecturer/Assistant Professor in Management at Deakin University, Australia. She pursued her PhD in Management from the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Melbourne. Sneha’s research interests lie in inequality & organizations, particularly human rights issues like gender and caste, using institutional and critical theory. Key to her research has been the qualitative methods e.g., decolonizing critical ethnography and netnography, she has adopted to access and represent the voices of marginalized, and often forgotten, groups. Sneha has published in journals like Organization Studies and the Journal of Business Ethics.  Her research on caste has also been recognized by the Financial Times Responsible Business Education Awards 2022.

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Sarah Glozar

Assistant Professor in Management, Deakin University, (Australia)

Dr. Sarah Glozer is a Senior Lecturer in Marketing, Business and Society in the School of Management at the University of Bath, UK and Head of the Marketing, Business and Society Division. Her research examines corporate social responsibility (CSR) communication and the social and ethical implications of business and marketing practice, predominantly in a digital context. She has published work in Journal of Management Studies, Organization Studies, Organization and Journal of Business Ethics, among others. She is co-author of the fifth edition of Business Ethics: Managing Corporate Citizenship in the Age of Globalization (Oxford University Press). Sarah is active on Twitter via @Sarah_CSR. 

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Leighanne Higgins

Senior Lecturer in Marketing, Lancaster University (UK)

Dr. Leighanne Higgins is a Senior Lecturer at Lancaster University. She began studying marketplace accessibility for consumers with disabilities in 2016.  Leighanne has a strong publication record within leading marketing and business journals such as The Journal of Consumer Research, Annals of Tourism Research, Marketing Theory, European Journal of Marketing, Journal of Business Research and Journal of Marketing Management. She is Chair of the Academy of Marketing’s Special Interest Group on Marketplace Access. 

Friday, 3 March 2023

Disability and Identity

Saturday, 4 March 2023


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Tiffany Johnson

 Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior, Georgia Institute of Technology (USA)

Dr. Tiffany D. Johnson (she/her) is Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior at Georgia Institute of Technology. She studies topics related to equity, stigma, and disclosure. Her work has been published in outlets such as Organization ScienceJournal of Applied Psychologyand Organizational Behavior and Decision- Making Processes, and Organizational Psychology Review. For more info, visit this website.

Sunday, 5 March 2023


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Alison Pullen

Professor of Management and Organisation Studies, Macquarie University (Australia)

Dr. Alison Pullen research is concerned with analyzing and intervening in the politics of work as it concerns gender discrimination, identity and embodiment, and organizational injustice. Alison is joint Editor-in-Chief of Gender, Work and Organization. Her last book is Corporeal Ethics (2022, with Carl Rhodes).  

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Christopher T. Sutton

Chief Executive Officer, Wavefront Centre for Communication Accessibility (Canada)

Christopher T. Sutton, MBA, is the Chief Executive Officer at Wavefront Centre for Communication Accessibility. Christopher has over 20 years of cross-functional and progressive management and leadership experience, working with some of the largest organizationsserving people with disabilities in the United States and Canada.

Christopher is a sought-after expert in issues related to accessibility, diversity and inclusion, and sits on several committees nationally and provincially. As a member and founder of various consumer/industry working groups, Christopher has lead teams that have been successful in enhancing accessibility and inclusion for a broad range of audiences. 

Christopher was born with a profound hearing loss and grew up using hearing aids; in 2008, to expand his communication options, he underwent surgery to obtain a cochlear implant. 

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