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Women in social housing and the pursuit of entrepreneurshipWomen’s engagement in entrepreneurship from a social housing perspective has scarcely been explored in the literature. Thus, insights into how the social housing system may condition participation in entrepreneurship have been excluded from empirical understanding. In order to address this gap, we assess the entrepreneurial intention of women in a deprived area of one of the UK’s largest cities. Through an inductive analysis, we develop a conceptual model in which attitude towards entrepreneurship, self-efficacy and subjective norms emerge as mediators of entrepreneurial intention. Our findings pose theoretical implications for future variance-based analyses, as well as practical implications for social housing providers and the role of public institutions in fostering entrepreneurial outcomes.
Postdigital education in a biotech futureThis paper explores a possible future of postdigital education in 2050 using the means of social science fiction. The first part of the paper introduces the shift from 20th century primacy of physics to 21st century primacy of biology with an accent to new postdigital–biodigital reconfigurations and challenges in and after the COVID-19 pandemic. The second part of the paper presents a fictional speech at the graduation ceremony of a fictional military academy in a fictional East Asian country in 2050. This fictional world is marked by global warfare and militarization, and addressed graduates are the first generation of artificially evolved graduates in human history. The third part of the paper interprets the fictional narrative, contextualizes it into educational challenges of today, and argues for a dialogical, humanistic conception of new postdigital education in a biotech future.
The design coordination role at the pre-construction stage of construction projectThe importance of the concept of prevention through design (PtD) to the alleviation of the problem of poor health and safety (H&S) management in the construction industry is widely acknowledged. It has been adopted in the regulatory framework for H&S in the UK construction industry through the Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) which place on the project client obligations with emphasis on coordination of H&S at the pre-construction stage of the project by a client-appointed ‘Principal Designer’ (PD). Unfortunately, research into the implementation of CDM 2015 into actual practice at the pre-construction stage has been patchy. The paper reports, with respect to the PD role, on part of research undertaken to respond to this gap. It involved surveys of clients and practitioners via fourteen focus group discussion sessions with over eighty participants to develop knowledge and understanding of the PD role. The research issues included: appointments to the role; structures for discharge of the role; day-to-day functions of the PD; remuneration arrangements; and common challenges regarding the PD.
Dispute resolution in public private partnership (PPP) infrastructure projects in Nigeria: literature reviewOver the past decade, Public Private Partnership (PPP) Policy has increasingly been adopted by governments over the World and the Nigerian Government is no exception. This can be attributed to the fact that the era of government singlehandedly providing infrastructural facilities are long gone. The governments all over the world in this new dispensation now cooperate with the private sectors in the provision and management of various infrastructural facilities in their respective countries. Nigeria has also embraced the Public Private Partnerships (PPP) initiative as a means of addressing the huge infrastructure deficits and challenges. But PPP contracts are long-term, projects tend to be complex in their scope with multiple stakeholders involved and contract documents are complex and subject to interpretation Therefore, unlike the case under traditional procurement system, the proclivity for disputes arising in PPP projects is now very high. In light of this, this paper aims to review existing literature on dispute resolution methods in PPP infrastructure projects in Nigeria. This study adopts the systematic review process as a methodological approach. A total of 100 articles from 20 construction-related journals were identified and reviewed. Among these, only 25 articles focused on dispute resolution in PPP infrastructure projects in Nigeria which were then analysed, synthesised, and summarised. The study found from literature review that dispute resolution methods adopted in PPP contracts relate to binding and non-binding methods i.e. Mediation or conciliation, Negotiation, Dispute Resolution Board (DRB), Expert Determination, Arbitration and Litigation. On the other hand, from redacted PPP contract documents in Nigeria, the different dispute resolution methods identified were mutual consultation, mediation and arbitration, which are more of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). The study highlights the actual state of research into construction dispute resolution methods in PPP infrastructure projects in Nigeria.
Rocks and hard places: Exploring educational psychologists’ perspectives on ‘off rolling’ or illegal exclusionary practices in mainstream secondary schools in EnglandResearch being undertaken by the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth is exploring Educational Psychologists’ knowledge of, and perspectives on, exclusionary practices in schools in England, particularly illegal practices referred to as ‘off rolling’. Preliminary findings from the survey element of a mixed methods research project are reported here. The role of business models in the provision of Educational Psychology Services to schools is considered through the conceptual lens of Giroux, Agamben and Ball to highlight ambiguities around the client relationship and to recast individualised ethical dilemmas as systemic features that inhibit direct challenges to school practices relating to inclusion. It is suggested that traded and privatised services risk implicating educational psychologists in schools’ management of the (in)visibility of ‘off rolling’ and the manufactured legitimacy of varied exclusionary practices.