Investigating Informal Entrepreneurship in Indian Slums with Satellite Data

The project Investigating Informal Entrepreneurship in Indian Slums with Satellite Data is a collaborative initiative between the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, and researchers from North-Eastern Hill University and Jawaharlal Nehru University, India. Spanning three years, our objective is to enhance our understanding of informal entrepreneurship within Indian slums. By exploring the relationship between informal entrepreneurship, formal institutions, and poverty alleviation, we aim to shed light on how institutional activities can either hinder or support entrepreneurial endeavors in developing countries.

Key Objectives

Our primary focus is to identify and categorize various forms and levels of informal entrepreneurship prevalent in Indian slums. By delving into the intricacies of informal economic activities, we aim to gain a comprehensive understanding of their nature, challenges, and contributions to the local economy.

We strive to examine the influence of formal institutions, such as those offering economic and social aid, on informal entrepreneurial activities. This investigation will help us uncover the ways in which formal institutions either support or impede the growth and development of informal entrepreneurship.

We aim to investigate the potential of informal entrepreneurship in contributing to poverty alleviation efforts through our research. By analyzing the intersection of informal economic activities, formal institutions, and poverty reduction strategies, we seek to identify effective approaches for leveraging the power of informal entrepreneurship to combat poverty in India.

Contact Us:

For inquiries or further information, please feel free to contact Prof. Charlotta Sirén. We welcome collaboration and engagement with individuals and organizations.

Our Partners
Researcher(s) from our Institute involved

Charlotta Siren

Prof. Dr.

Associate Professor of Management

Institute of Responsible Innovation (IRI-HSG)
Büro 3-238
Dufourstrasse 40a
9000 St. Gallen

Michael Hudecheck

Dr. oec.

Postdoctoral Researcher

Büro 3-239
Dufourstrasse 40a
9000 St. Gallen

Nina Ramona Zachlod

Research Associate & PhD Candidate

Büro 3-239
Dufourstrasse 40a
9000 St Gallen

This project received funding from the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Indian Council of Social Sciences Research through the Indo-Swiss Joint Research Programme (209466).