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Peter C. Smith and Andrew Street

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Peter C. Smith and Andrew Street

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Andrew Smith and Jo McBride

There is growing interest in issues of low-pay, insecure work and job quality from academics, policy-makers, employers and trade unions. Our research critically examines the work experiences and work–life ‘balance’ complexities of low-paid workers who have to work in more than one job in order to make ends meet. The research findings highlight issues over limited incomes, job insecurity and low-trust employment relations, together with long, complex and fragmented working time arrangements. In this chapter, we detail the qualitative research design employed and the practicalities of accessing a ‘hard to reach group’ of workers. Researching these workers involved working with trade unions, poverty organisations and community groups, whilst using snowball sampling strategies to arrange interviews with low-paid workers with two, three, four, five, six, and even seven different jobs. We also assess the difficulties for both the researchers and participants in uncovering emotive and sensitive issues around the indignity of work, low-pay, job insecurity and well-being issues.

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Andrew Smith, Phill Wheat and Michal Wolanski

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Edited by D. G. Smith and Andrew S. Gold

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Edited by D. G. Smith and Andrew S. Gold

The Research Handbook on Fiduciary Law offers specially commissioned chapters written by leading scholars and covers a wide range of important topics in fiduciary law. Topical contributions discuss: various fiduciary relationships; the duty of loyalty and other fiduciary obligations; fiduciary remedies; the role of equity; the role of trust; international and comparative perspectives; and public fiduciary law. This Research Handbook will be of interest to readers concerned with both theory and practice, as it incorporates significant new insights and developments in the field.
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Andrew H. Van de Ven and Peter Smith Ring

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Marcus Foth, Andrew Hudson-Smith and Dean Gifford

Digital transformations are not contained within the digital domain but are increasingly spilling over into the physical world. In this chapter, we analyse some of the transformations cities today are undergoing towards becoming smart cities. We offer a critique of smart cities and a way forward, divided into three parts. First, we explore the concept of Smart Citizens in terms of localities, the move towards a hyperlocal network and also the citizen’s role in the creation and use of data. We use the ‘Smart London’ plan drawn up by the Mayor of London, as a way to illustrate our discussion. Second, we turn to the civic innovations enabled by digital transformations and their potential impact on citizens and citizenship. Specifically, we are interested in the notion of social capital as an alternative form of in-kind currency and its function as an indicator of value, in order to ask how digital transformations can give rise to ‘civic capital’ and how such a concept can help, for instance, a local government invite more representative residents and community champions to participate in community engagement for better urban planning. Third, we introduce a hybrid, location-based game under development by design agency Preliminal Games in London, UK. This illustrative case critiques and highlights the current challenges to establishing a new economic model that bridges the digital–physical divide. The game provides a vehicle for us to explore how established principles and strategies in game design such as immersive storytelling and goal setting can be employed to encourage players to think of the interconnections of their hybrid digital–physical environments in new ways.