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Urban Sharing


From Excess Economy to Access Economy

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Urban Sharing


From Excess Economy to Access Economy

 
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Project Overview

Urban sharing of assets, spaces and skills has emerged as a prospective solution to sustainability challenges faced by cities. However, its sustainability potential and institutional processes to harness it have not been systematically scrutinised. This research programme aims to examine, test and advance knowledge about design, sustainability of practices and institutionalisation processes of urban sharing organisations across three cities. The research conflates studies on sustainable consumption and production with organisational theory and the neo-institutional field.


Design

Practices

Processes

The DESIGN of urban sharing organisations differs depending on: the type of value creation model; the product, asset or service that is shared; the actors and network involved; and the infrastructure needed to support the sharing organisation.

The PRACTICES of urban sharing organisations dictate the sustainability impacts: environmental, social and financial. Sharing as a business model will be investigated, with an emphasis on the sustainability and social cohesion in cities.

The PROCESSES of institutionalisation have begun to be studied in different ways for the differing sectors within sharing. With a focus on cognitive and socio-political legitimacy, the research will focus on examining institutionalisation of sharing as a practice in cities.

 
 
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Featured City


Featured City


 

San Francisco

San Francisco and the surrounding area is known for its rich culture, its unique attractions, and its innovative start-up scene. Some of the largest tech companies in the world have gotten their start in the surrounding Bay Area, some of which are or have once been associated with the sharing economy (think Airbnb and Uber). Beyond the giants, there are also many grassroots, niche, community and up-and-coming platforms present. As such, exploring San Francisco and its dynamic entrepreneurial culture is another important layer in our study of the sharing economy. Research will focus primarily on:

 

 
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Sustainability


How does sharing impact sustainability?

 

Institutionalisation


How do cities promote or inhibit sharing?

User Engagement


Through focus groups, we will study:
How do users engage with sharing and how do organisations / platforms engage users?


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Approach


Approach


Context Counts

The research team will travel to three cities - Berlin, London, and San Francisco - to explore the contexts in which sharing takes place. This approach will seek to comprehend the situations necessary for sharing to prosper and proliferate by understanding the successes and failures of urban sharing organisations in our case cities. A framework and toolbox will be developed to be shared with politicians and practitioners, with the hope to normalise sharing in cities as a means to improve resource efficiency and social cohesion.

We utilise Mobile Research Lab as a methodology, developed as a method to quickly infiltrate a city context by conducting study visits, observations, interviews and experiments in a semi-structured approach. This method allows researchers to capture a fast-paced, all-encompassing snap-shot of the particular area of interest. In 2017-2018, the research team will plan to visit each city during a one-week intensive visit, which will require months of planning and coordination ahead of time to ensure a robust and worthwhile Mobile Research Lab. 

 
 
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Team


Team


 Principle Investigator: Oksana Mont  Senior Researchers: Yuliya Voytenko Palgan, Andrius Plepys  Postdocs: Matthias Lehner & Jagdeep Singh  PhD Students: Lucie Zvolska, Steven Curtis

Principle Investigator: Oksana Mont

Senior Researchers: Yuliya Voytenko Palgan, Andrius Plepys

Postdocs: Matthias Lehner & Jagdeep Singh

PhD Students: Lucie Zvolska, Steven Curtis

 

The research team is comprised of senior researchers, a postdoc, and PhD students, from a multitude of cultures and disciplines. To learn more about their backgrounds and research interest, check out their bios

The research is conducted at the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE) at Lund University in Lund, Sweden. This project will run 2017 -2018 with financial support provided by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond

 
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News


News