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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 eight cities from five continents. 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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Approach


Approach


Context Counts

The research team will travel to eight cities - Berlin, Barcelona, London, San Francisco, Melbourne, São Paulo, Jakarta, and Seoul - 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 InfraLabs 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. Between 2017-2019, the research team will plan to visit each city during a one-week intensive excursion, which will require months of planning and coordination ahead of time to ensure a robust and worthwhile InfraLab. 

 
 
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Team


Team


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

Principle Investigator: Oksana Mont

Senior Researchers: Yuliya Voytenko Palgan, Andrius Plepys

Postdoc: Matthias Lehner

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. The project is funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond

 
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News


News


 

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Featured City


Featured City


 

Berlin

As the capital city of Germany, with its complex history and social structures, Berlin is a particularly interesting city to explore. The city sees many examples of grassroots, entrepreneurial and city-supported urban sharing organisations.