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Marlen de la Chaux

Marlen de la Chaux

PhD Candidate

Research topic

Entrepreneurship in Adverse Environments: An Institutional Perspective on Refugee Camp Entrepreneurs and Kenyan Tech Start-ups

Real world impact

Marlen writes for The Huffington Post and The Conversation, and her research has been featured by the World Economic Forum, Business Weekly, and Business Insider. She has also developed research reports for the United Nations, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the German Development Agency (GIZ). Before academia, Marlen worked for the UN Refugee Agency and consulted for the GIZ in Burkina Faso.

Awards & scholarships

  • Regional Finalist, Hult Social Innovation Prize, 2016

Research interests

Marlen de la Chaux is a member of the Organisational Theory & Information Systems subject group.

Publications & papers

de la Chaux, M. (2014) "Entrepreneurship and innovation: how institutional voids shape economic opportunities in refugee camps." In: Humanitarian Innovation Conference, 19-20 July 2014, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK.

de la Chaux, M. and Haugh, H. (2015) "Institutional voids and economic opportunity in refugee camps." In: Academy of Management Annual Meeting (Social Issues in Management Division), 7-12 August 2015, Vancouver, Canada.

de la Chaux, M. and Haugh, H. (2015) "How organizations shape emerging fields: innovation hubs and technology entrepreneurship in Nairobi." In: European Group of Organizational Studies Annual Colloquium,  2-4 July 2015, Athens, Greece.

de la Chaux, M. (2015) "Rethinking refugee camps: turning boredom into innovation." The Conversation, 24 September 2015

de la Chaux, M., Haugh, H. and Greenwood, R. (2017) "Revisiting 'Total institutions': the organization of refugee camps." Academy of Management Discoveries (DOI: 10.5465/amd.2017.0040) (forthcoming)

Refugee camp entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship initiatives can fill the ‘institutional void’ of long-term refugee camps, says paper authored at Cambridge Judge Business School. At a time …

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World Economic Forum: How can we address the problem of boredom in refugee camps?

Media attention on refugees is focused on chaotic scenes in Hungary and elsewhere in Europe right now, but it is worth reminding …

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The Conversation: Rethinking refugee camps: turning boredom into innovation

Media attention on refugees is focused on chaotic scenes in Hungary and elsewhere in Europe right now, but it is worth reminding …

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Business Weekly: Cambridge wants refugee camps to be hotbeds for entrepreneurs

Refugee camps could be transformed into hotbeds of entrepreneurship according to new research from Cambridge University’s Judge Business School. An enlightened strategy …

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Business Matters Magazine: Cambridge Judge Business School calls for refugee-camp entrepreneurship

At a time of global focus on refugee issues due to the war in Syria and other displacement, new research from Cambridge …

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Cambridge Business Magazine: Refugee camp entrepreneurs

A research paper from Cambridge Judge Business School calls for governments and policy makers to institute policies designed to foster entrepreneurship in …

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The Huffington Post: Translating Africa’s tech enthusiasm into an enterprise ecosystem

In her latest blog for the Huff Post, Marlen de la Chaux, a current PhD at Cambridge Judge Business School, looks at …

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The Huffington Post: Why Kenya’s public transport system is fighting cashless payment

Marlen de la Chaux, a Gates Scholar at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School, pursuing a PhD in Management Studies, investigates …

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Contact details

Marlen de la Chaux
Cambridge Judge Business School
University of Cambridge
Trumpington Street
Cambridge CB2 1AG
UK

Email: mad54@cam.ac.uk 

Year of entry

2013

Supervisors

Dr Helen Haugh (first supervisor)
Professor Paul Tracey (second supervisor)