EMBLA was formed in 2012 when researchers from four universities – Helene Ahl, Karin Berglund, Katarina Pettersson and Malin Tillmar – 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.
The researchers Birgitta Sköld and Malin Tillmar have been awarded the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence in 2016.
The Emerald Literati Awards, which include the Awards for Excellence and Citations of Excellence, were established to celebrate and reward the outstanding contributions of authors and reviewers to scholarly research.
Malin Tillmar, one of the researchers within EMBLA, and Birgitta Sköld recently received the "Awards for Excellence 2016" for their article "Resilient gender orders in Entrepreneurship: The Case of the Swedish welfare industries". The article is published in the International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship (2015, Vol 7, Issue 1, p 2-26).