Crowdwork in the creative industry: the case of subscription crowdfunding
This Innovation Fund project investigates the employment opportunities that subscription crowdfunding provides to creators and how funds are generated and distributed.
Levelling up or levelling down gig work? Three reasons why platforms are offering privatised social and employment protections
What is motivating platform firms to introduce private social and employment protection provisions for nominally self-employed workers?
Social media platforms for digital retail in Africa: an alternative to online retail platforms for young people
Why young people in Nigeria seeking to earn money by selling second hand clothing prefer social media to digital retail platforms.
Emotional Labour and the Autonomy of Dependent Self-Employed Workers: The Limitations of Digital Managerial Control in the Home Credit Sector
Changes to the labour process in the home credit sector have exposed the industry’s agency workforce to increased levels of digital managerial control through the introduction of lending applications and algorithmic decision-making techniques. This article highlights the heterogeneous nature of the impact of digitalisation on the labour process and [...]
Introduction to the Special Issue, Everyday Self-Employment
A “partial renaissance” of self-employment in labor markets of the global North has attracted policy concern within national, supranational, and global arenas, yet sociological thought has been somewhat slower to respond to this phenomenon. In response, this special issue focuses on everyday self-employment among workers drawn from countries across the [...]
The Experience of Self-Employment Among Young People: An Exploratory Analysis of 28 Low- to Middle-Income Countries
Youth unemployment has become the global “wicked” policy issue for governments and multilateral agencies with many regions experiencing endemically high levels. In response, governments and international organizations have introduced more active labor market interventions to address youth unemployment. Self-employment and entrepreneurship programs are seen as the key mechanisms to [...]
Self-employment programmes for young people: A review of the context, policies and evidence
The aim of this paper is to provide a comprehensive analysis of the key issues surrounding the use of self-employment interventions as labour market attachment mechanisms for young people. Access paper