A team of University of Wollongong (UOW) researchers including Dr Jie (Jack) Yang and Dr Matthew Berryman from SMART Infrastructure Facility are investigating the participation of female entrepreneurs in Australia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The project, ‘Networking Women Entrepreneurs in Sydney and Dubai: Innovation Hubs, Sustainable Policies and Strategies for Success’ will see the SMART researchers join with Dr Brian Yecies from UOW’s School of Humanities and Social Inquiry to investigate the topic.

Their aim is to increase mutual understanding about how women entrepreneurs in Australia and the UAE are participating in innovation hubs, and identify the strategies that are enabling them to develop effective personal and professional networks (ie. social capital) as well as cutting-edge projects.

This research project has been enabled by a grant from the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, under the 2015-2016 Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR) Grant Round. CAAR was established in 2003 as an initiative to strengthen ties between Australian and Arab countries. The organisation supports projects which enhance Australia’s economic, cultural and social relations with the Arab world.