Gender, disability and entrepreneurship

QUT Business School student topic

Study level


Master of Philosophy



QUT Business School

School of Management

Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.


Professor Rowena Barrett
Executive Director, Entrepreneurship
Division / Faculty
QUT Business School
Dr Jannine Williams
Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management
Division / Faculty
QUT Business School


Despite women’s entrepreneurship research encouraging scholars to expand upon the questions asked and approaches taken (Ahl, 2006; Hughes et al., 2012) there are few studies exploring the intersection of gender and disability in this field. This topic area offers students the opportunity to study gender and disability in relation to entrepreneurship, and potentially explore the experiences of disabled women entrepreneurs, an under-researched group.  Broadly, the topic has the potential to advance the gender and entrepreneurship field by exploring how and gender are (re)produced within particular social contexts and the extent to which an entrepreneur’s agency and structural constraints influence such contexts (Welter, 2011; 2012).

Depending on student’s background and interests this topic could range from a short project mapping out details of entrepreneurship and disability in Australia, to a PhD drawing on a gender and disability theoretical lens to explore the enablers and barriers shaping disabled women’s experiences of entrepreneurship.


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