Spectacular Charity: Celebrities and the Construction of Pity

Ming Lim discusses her research with Mona Moufahim into the spectacularization of the suffering of celebrities taking part in charity fundraising campaigns.

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What Makes Reality TV So Compelling For So Many People?

Andrew MacLaren presents the idea of reality TV stars as preconceived, designed and packaged products from his co-authored JMM article: Puppets of necessity? Celebritisation in structured reality television.

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Wearables aren’t just for Christmas

Ana Canhoto discusses her research with Sabrina Arp exploring the factors that support adoption and sustained use of health and fitness wearables.

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The secrets to resurrecting town centres

Cathy Hart and Lara Stocchi discuss their research which has pinpointed key ingredients required to resurrect the fortunes of town centres.

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A study into the resilience of urban retail and service agglomerations

Christoph Teller, Steve Wood and Arne Floh investigate the competitive relationship between traditional ‘evolved’ town centres and ‘created’ shopping malls, and the drivers of competitiveness in the form of key agglomeration resources (accessibility, parking condition, tenant mix, atmosphere).

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What’s yours can be mine too

Adèle Gruen looks at a Parisian car sharing system to investigate the role of design in the relationship between consumers and objects they access but don’t own.

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Marketing urban places …

Christoph Teller and Jonathan Elms discuss the different retail-related dimensions associated with urban place attractiveness.

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Cultures of complaint

Lloyd Harris and Rebekah Russell-Bennett’s study of UK and Australian complaining behaviour finds evidence for the cultural stereotypes of “whinging Poms” and “bloody-minded” Aussies.

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Effects of augmented reality media characteristics on consumer responses

Ana Javornik investigates how augmented reality (AR) applications impact consumer responses in commercial contexts.

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Everyday dramas of conscience

Elaine Ritch and Douglas Brownlie explore how working mothers interpret and include sustainability in their everyday lives, with a particular focus on fashion consumption, use and disposability.

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What makes a customer ‘good’?

Ana Canhoto discusses her research with Sally Dibb, looking at how firm-related factors determine lending thresholds and shape who is, or is not, a creditworthy customer.

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Capturing consumer engagement

Laurence Dessart discusses her research with Cleopatra Veloutsou & Anna Morgan-Thomas, which developed a 22-question scale to measure the ABC of real online consumer engagement.

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