Towards a climate change adaptation toolkit

  • The social and economic integration of refugees to the host societies: The role of entrepreneurship

    Professor Levent Altinay's Grant Application (Newton/British Academy with Dr Gurel Cetin from Istanbul University) has been successful.

    The Refugee Crisis is a Global Problem with its political, economic and social implications. Both the UK and Turkey have been experiencing refugee crisis and are exploring how to help refugees integrate to the wider society.

    Previous research has acknowledged the importance of 'developing entrepreneurship capacity’ in helping refugees with their integration endeavours. However, there seems to be limited research investigating the role of entrepreneurship in the social and economic integration of the refugees. The aim of this study is twofold; to investigate:

    • the role of entrepreneurship in the economic and social integration of refugees within the host societies in Turkey and in the UK; and
    • how this integration (disintegration) impacts upon the social well-being of the refugees.

    The study will employ a mixed methods (interviews and surveys) approach to data collection from Syrian refugees. The research will offer new insights into the interface between refugee entrepreneurship, integration and social well-being.

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  • The centre is firmly international in scope, working to build a portfolio of research and consultancy projects in the field of tourism, hospitality and events – and offers the opportunity for researchers to address key research gaps across this broad sector. We are particularly interested in cross-disciplinary studies and will be aiming to take advantage of the numerous points of intersection between tourism and other fields, including health and social care, natural science, computer science and technology. Please contact us to discuss any areas of potential collaboration or research.

    The centre aims to assist doctoral students in the early stages of their careers in tourism research. This support could take the form of advice on publication, pilot studies or facilitating access to specialist events and further funding. By capitalising on our expertise in securing funding and building partnerships on an international scale, we enable students to engage in activity which complements or extends the scope of their doctoral study. The assistance we offer ranges from helping students with small grant proposals to fund data collection, travel or pilot studies, to more involved support with post-doctoral fellowship applications. Ultimately, we want to develop the next generation of tourism researchers and create a supportive, collaborative environment in which high quality research can flourish.

    We are pleased to be offering PhD studentships. Contact us for more information.

    Does your doctoral thesis interface with tourism, hospitality or events management? If so we would be pleased to hear from you to discuss how the Centre may be able to support you in your research activity. Contact us for more information.

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    Oxford Brookes Business School
    Wheatley Campus
    Oxford OX33 1 HX
    Tel: +44 (0)1865 485858