The research group EMBLA is a virtual excellence centre within gender and entrepreneurship studies.
EMBLA was formed in 2012 when researchers from four universities – Professors Helene Ahl, Jönköping University, Karin Berglund, Stockholm University, Malin Tillmar, Linnaeus University and Associated professor Katarina Pettersson, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences – started a research project on women's entrepreneurship. The project focused on how women's organization – or feminist activism – can be theorized in a world of strong structural change – from collectivistic and corporatist to individualistic and entrepreneurial.
The group was named EMBLA after the first woman in Nordic mythology. In contrast to other creation stories, Embla and Ask were created as equals, and independently from each other.
The project was funded by the Swedish Research Council and led by Helene Ahl between 2011 and 2016. Today, EMBLA has become an established research group that has attracted more researchers and has been granted funding for several new research projects.
Content updated 2020-06-09