As field work will be conducted across several continents and countries, links with international collaborators will be important. This process has already begun and relationships will continue to be developed throughout the programme. An Advisory Group of collaborators will provide guidance on key theoretical, methodological and practical aspects, including assistance with local fieldwork (e.g., contact with institutional entrepreneurs and actors). Collaboration with Prof. Julian Agyeman (Ph.D. FRSA, a Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University, USA) brings a critical view on URBAN SHARING from the North American perspective. Support in urban governance is provided by Prof. Harriet Bulkeley (Durham University, UK) with whom we have well-established collaboration via the GUST project. Prof. Koen Frenken (Utrecht University, the Netherlands) will provide support on theorising of the sharing economy field. Prof. Florian Lüdeke-Freund (ESCP Europe Business School, Germany) will help the URBAN SHARING to develop a comprehensive as well as theoretically and empirically grounded notion of sustainable business models. Prof. Renate Meyer (Professor of Organisation Studies at WU Vienna, Austria and part-time Professor of Institutional Theory at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark) will contribute with her expertise in organisational studies and institutional theory, framing strategies and changing governance structures. Prof. Renato Orsato (Professor of São Paulo School of Management at Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV) in São Paulo, Brazil) brings in entrepreneurial and organisational perspectives to URBAN SHARING. Prof. Chris Ryan (Melbourne University, Australia) will provide insights on sustainable cities, urban sharing and eco-labs.


Prof. Julian Agyeman

Tufts University, USA

Julian Agyeman Ph.D. FRSA FRGS is a Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University. He is the originator of the increasingly influential concept of just sustainabilities. He centers his research on critical explorations of the complex and embedded relations between humans and the urban environment, whether mediated by governments or social movement organisations, and their effects on public policy and planning processes and outcomes, particularly in relation to notions of justice and equity. Worldwide, he is recognised as an expert, an innovator and thought leader. One of the 15 most highly cited urban planning academics in North America, his wide-ranging and influential publications include Mind the Gap: Why do people act environmentally and what are the barriers to pro-environmental behaviour? (2002). It is the most highly cited journal article by an urban planning academic in North America. 

He is the author or editor of 11 books, including Just Sustainabilities: Development in an Unequal World (MIT Press, 2003), Sustainable Communities and the Challenge of Environmental Justice (NYU Press, 2005), The New Countryside?: Ethnicity, Nation and Exclusion in Contemporary Rural Britain (Policy Press, 2006), Environmental Justice and Sustainability in the Former Soviet Union (MIT Press, 2009), Speaking for Ourselves: Environmental Justice in Canada (UBC Press, 2010), Cultivating Food Justice: Race, Class and Sustainability (MIT Press, 2011), Environmental Inequalities Beyond Borders: Local Perspectives on Global Injustices (MIT Press, 2011), Introducing Just Sustainabilities: Policy, Planning and Practice (Zed Books, 2013), Incomplete Streets: Processes, Practices, and Possibilities (Routledge, 2014) and Sharing Cities: A Case for Truly Smart and Sustainable Cities (MIT Press, 2015), one of Nature’s Top 20 Books of 2015. His latest book is Food Trucks, Cultural Identity, and Social Justice: From Loncheras to Lobsta Love (MIT Press, 2017).

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Prof. Harriet Bulkeley

Durham University, UK and Utrecht University, the Netherlands

Harriet Bulkeley holds joint appointments as Professor in the Department of Geography, Durham University, and at the Copernicus Institute, Utrecht University. Her research is concerned with the processes, practices and politics of environmental governance, and she has particular expertise in the areas of climate change, energy and urban sustainability. Harriet has published widely, with recent work including An Urban Politics of Climate Change (Routledge 2015) and Accomplishing Climate Governance (CUP 2016). She currently Co-ordinates the H2020 NATURVATION project examining the role of urban innovation with nature based solutions for sustainable development. She has an extensive record of international collaboration and has served as a co-investigator on a wide range of projects, including multiple interdisciplinary projects working across the social and natural sciences. Harriet has undertaken commissioned research for the UK Government, European Commission, NGOs, UN-Habitat and the World Bank. In 2014 she was awarded the King Carl XVI Gustaf’s Professorship in Environmental Science and a Visiting Professorship at Lund University, Sweden and was included in the international Clarivate Analytics/Thompson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers list in 2016 and 2017.


Prof. Koen Frenken

Utrecht University, the Netherlands

Koen Frenken is Full Professor in Innovation Studies. He graduated Cum Laude from the University of Grenoble (applied economics) and the University of Amsterdam (social sciences). He won personal grants in the Marie Curie, NWO VIDI and NWO VICI programmes. Theoretical interests include evolutionary economics, institutional theory and complexity theory. He mainly works on innovation, diffusion, economic geography, sharing economy and policy. Koen Frenken also tweets on sharing economy as: @kfrenken


Prof. Dr. Florian Lüdeke-Freund

Chair for Corporate Sustainability, ESCP Europe Business School, Berlin, Germany

Florian Lüdeke-Freund is Professor for Corporate Sustainability at ESCP Europe Business School. His research deals with corporate sustainability management, sustainable entrepreneurship, sustainable business models, and values-based innovation. His publications on sustainable business models are regularly among the most downloaded and most cited papers in their respective journals (e.g., Journal of Cleaner Production, Organization & Environment). Besides publishing numerous journal articles and book chapters on sustainable business models and related topics (see, Florian is co-editor of several journal special issues, including an Organization & Environment special issue on “Business Models for Sustainability: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Transformation”, a special issue with Business & Society on “Collaborative Cross-Sector Business Models for Sustainability”, and a special issue on “Sustainable Value Creation Through Business Models” in the Journal of Business Models.

Florian’s most recent works deal with the identification and systematisation of business model patterns. Together with several international experts, including Lorenzo Massa, Alexandre Joyce, and Henning Breuer, Florian is setting up an extensive database on different types of business models, including a taxonomy of 45 sustainable business models and a typology of business models for the circular economy. Furthermore, he is working on the theoretical and empirical foundations of sustainable business models, for example from a stakeholder theory perspective or studies on the impacts of collaborative consumption business models.

In 2013, Florian founded as an international research hub with 25+ members from more than 10 countries. This hub serves as a communication platform for the wider field of sustainability and business model studies. Florian is member of various international research networks, including the Strongly Sustainable Business Model Group at OCAD University and the New Business Models Network which facilitates the International Conference on New Business Models. He is also a research fellow at the Centre for Sustainability Management (CSM) at Leuphana University as well as the SustBusy Research Center of ESCP Europe. Florian was also a visiting researcher at Copenhagen Business School (Denmark) and the Universities of Halmstad (Sweden), St. Gallen (Switzerland), and Stellenbosch (South Africa).


Renate E. Meyer is Professor of Organisation Studies at WU Vienna and part-time Professor of Institutional Theory at Copenhagen Business School. Renate is also a Visiting Fellow at UNSW, Sydney. At WU, Renate is Co-Director of the Research Institute for Urban Management & Governance. She focuses on meaning structures and has recently studied structural forms of institutional pluralism, institutions as multimodal accomplishments, novel organisational forms and patterns of management ideas mostly in areas of urban governance challenges, such as open government, collaborative governance, social inclusion, or the sharing economy.

Prof. Renate Meyer

WU Vienna, Austria and Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

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Prof. Renato Orsato

Fundação Getúlio Vargas, Brazil and INSEAD Global Institute for Business & Society, France

Renato J. Orsato is a Professor at Fundação Getúlio Vargas, São Paulo, Brazil since 2011 and a Scholar at the INSEAD Global Institute for Business & Society (previously the Social Innovation Centre), Fontainebleau, France since 2004. 

As a researcher, educator, and consultant, in the past 20 years he taught at MBA and Executive Programs at INSEAD and HEC (France), Lund University (Sweden), University of Amsterdam (Holland) and University of Technology Sydney (Australia). He worked with public organisations and private businesses in more than 30 countries.

Prof. Orsato holds a Ph.D. in Management, a Masters (Honors) in Organisation Studies and BA (Honors) in Civil Engineering and Business Administration. His work has mainly focused on the global automobile industry, with a particular emphasis on low carbon vehicles and transportation systems. Business platforms for sustainability is the main focus of Dr. Orsato’s current research.

Prof. Orsato is the author of Sustainability Strategies - When does it pay to be green? (Palgrave Macmillan, INSEAD Business Press 2009) – Runner up for the 2010 Book Award of the Academy of Management, translated into Arabic, Chinese and Portuguese. He has also written several book chapters and teaching cases, and published in academic journals such as California Management Review, Organization Studies, Journal of Industrial Ecology, Energy Policy Journal and Business Strategy & Environment.

Prof. Orsato is the co-founder of greenApes (, an award-winner BP that promotes sustainable lifestyles, which raised more than 1 million Euros in funding and partners with the Cities of Essen and Munich (in Germany), and Florence and Milan (in Italy).

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Prof. Chris Ryan

The University of Melbourne, Australia and the Technical University of Delft, the Netherlands

Chris Ryan is Professor in Urban Eco-Innovation, Professorial Fellow in the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute and founding Director of the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab, at the University of Melbourne. He is also a visiting professor at the Technical University of Delft, the Netherlands. His research interests include: Resilience and cities; low carbon cities; planning and design for urban transformation; environment and technology policy; future scenarios. He is director of the national Australian research project, Visions and Pathways 2040, categorising and analysing visions, scenarios and pathways for four Australian capital cities that could see them reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2040. He leads a Future Cities research node focusing on social and technical innovation for resilience. He is co-director of an international program, Eco-Acupuncture, that supports city governments and citizens to co-design intervention-points for transformation to deal with climate change.