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Research project: The impact of transnational Pentecostalism in migrant entrepreneurship in the UK

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This project investigates the connections between religion, migration and entrepreneurship through a study of the impact of Pentecostalism in migrant entrepreneurship. Pentecostalism is a form of Christianity that promulgates an individual relationship with God based on the accumulation of wealth and which is rapidly expanding through migration.

Religion, migration and entrepreneurship: The impact of transnational Pentecostalism in migrant entrepreneurship in the UK book cover

The project investigates (i) the role of churches in the provision of business support; (ii) the role of Pentecostal values on believers’ management practices; and (iii) how these values impact gendered identities of entrepreneurs. The project will collect qualitative data from Pentecostal pastors and migrant entrepreneurs in a comparative study in London and Birmingham (20 entrepreneurs and 5 pastors in each city).

The study will advance previous research on ethnic minority entrepreneurship, which has overlooked the connection between migration, religion and enterprise. The findings will inform policy identifying alternative business support providers, as well as the role of religious values on business development.

Funder: British Academy/Leverhulme Trust Small Grant

Duration: 2016-2019


Religion, Migration and Business: Faith, Work And Entrepreneurialism in the UK. Authors: Villares-Varela, María, Sheringham, Olivia

Faith Migration Business Working paper

Religion and enterprise Workshop programme

BA project Workshop report

Policy report Faith in Business

Summary policy brief

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