Gender, Entrepreneurship and the Digital Divide: A Global Perspective

Guest editor(s)

Anna Visvizi


Miltiadis D. Lytras


Mervat Chuman


Akila Sarirete


Krzysztof Kozłowski



The concepts and terms defining the thrust of this special issue, i.e. gender, entrepreneurship (Berger et al., 2021), the digital divide (Bowen & Morris, 2019; Millan et al., 2021; Satalkina et al., 2021), Global South (Simaan, 2020), Global North, are very well established in the literature. Nevertheless, relatively little has been written about (i) the gendered dimension of the digital divide, (ii) about the digital divide and gendered dimension of entrepreneurship (Elliot et al, 2021); and finally, about (iii) the specificity of these topics as they unfold/apply to the specific circumstances of the Global South and Global North’s peripheries (Ojediran & Anderson, 2020; Wood et al., 2021; Althalathini et al., 2020). Somewhat surprisingly, a major deficit of research in these three areas exists (but cf. Kasusse, 2005; Alden, 2003). The more important it seems to dwell on these interconnected topics in an unbiased way.   

This Special Issue (SI) of the International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship (IJGE) will focus on gender, entrepreneurship and the digital divide in the Global South and the Global North. The theme of the SI will link to the United Nation’s (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and contexts related to the Global South and Global North peripheries. The key objectives of this SI are to examine: (i) how the onset of increasingly sophisticated information and communication technology (ICT) influences gender and entrepreneurship in the Global South and in the peripheries of the Global North; (ii) what types of interpretive lens and explanatory potential are offered by the existing literature on the subject, and (iii) whether best practice-sharing and specific business and policy strategies might be helpful in alleviating negative implications.  

Two key assumptions drive the prospective conversation in this SI. First, while ICT may be the source of several advantages (and indeed a source of individual and entrepreneurial empowerment), the downside of technological progress in the form of the digital divide may lead to exclusion, poverty and precarity. Second, while notions of digital divide and lack of opportunity tend to be associated with the Global South, they remain equally valid in the Global North. Thorough conceptual and empirical research, including the identification of best practices and best practice-sharing are necessary if the UN’s SDGs are to be accomplished in this domain.  

Potential topics

For this SI, we welcome empirical and conceptual papers, comparative studies, case studies and papers providing regulatory insights, including “sandboxes.” Topics that may be covered by this SI include but are not limited to: 

  • The gendered dimension of the digital divide and entrepreneurship 

  • The digital divide and the gendered dimension of entrepreneurship  

  • Gender, the digital divide and the Global South 

  • Gender, the digital divide and the Global North 

  • Digital divide-driven exclusion and prospects for empowerment 

  • Critical insights into the digital divide, gender, entrepreneurship and the UN’s SDGs 

Submissions information

In the first instance, prospective authors are invited to submit abstracts of maximum 500 words directly to the lead Guest Editor (Professor Anna Visvizi – [email protected]) by 15th December 2021.  

Selected authors will then be invited to submit their full papers (of maximum 9,000 words) by 31st August 2022.

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For further information, or to discuss a potential paper topic, please contact the lead Guest Editor:  

Professor Anna Visvizi, SGH Warsaw School of Economics, Warsaw, Poland, [email protected] 

Guest Editors

  • Anna Visvizi 

  • Miltiadis D. Lytras 

  • Mervat Chuman 

  • Akila Sarirete 

  • Krzysztof Kozłowski 


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Althalathini, D., Al-Dajani, H. and Apostolopoulos, N. (2020), "Navigating Gaza’s conflict through women’s entrepreneurship", International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship, Vol. 12 No. 4, pp. 297-316. 

Berger, E.S.C., von Briel, F., Davidsson, Per, Kuckertz, A. (2021) Digital or not – The future of entrepreneurship and innovation: Introduction to the special issue, Journal of Business Research, Volume 125, 2021,

Bowen, R., Morris, W. (2019) The digital divide: Implications for agribusiness and entrepreneurship. Lessons from Wales, Journal of Rural Studies, Volume 72, 2019, Pages 75-84,

Elliott, C., Mantler, J. and Huggins, J. (2021), "Exploring the gendered entrepreneurial identity gap: implications for entrepreneurship education", International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship, Vol. 13 No. 1, pp. 50-74. 

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Millán, J.M., Lyalkov, S., Burke, A., Millán, A., van Stel,A. (2021) ‘Digital divide’ among European entrepreneurs: Which types benefit most from ICT implementation?, Journal of Business Research, Volume 125, 2021, Pages 533-547,

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