Sharing in Amsterdam

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Amsterdam has been pronounced the first sharing city in Europe by ShareNL in 2015. It boasts a vibrant sharing economy, including numerous car sharing and rental organisations, accommodation sharing and initiatives for exchanging, sharing and reusing physical assets. It hosts both peer-to-peer and business-to-consumer platforms, for-profits and non-profits and everything in between. The city is praised for being open and supportive to start-ups – a perfect starting point for sharing organisations, which disrupt many established industries. According to ShareNL, more than 84% of Amsterdam’s residents are willing to share. As the sharing economy in Amsterdam growths, less favourable side effects become visible, such as congestion and lack of affordable housing. The city government is therefore engaged in developing suitable regulatory frameworks that would help reduce undesirable effects. The question remains whether the sharing economy can indeed contribute to solving sustainability challenges faced by cities, or does it exacerbate them. We are coming to Amsterdam to explore these and many other questions.

Mobile Research Lab in Amsterdam

April 7-12, 2019

Urban Sharing Team has finished the project’s first Mobile Research Lab in Amsterdam and while they are reflecting on their impressions from sharing economy in Amsterdam we have a chance to have a look at how their trip has been. Every day between the 8 and 12 of April was packed with interviews, meetings, discussions with Amsterdam city officials, researchers from Utrecht and Twente universities, national organisations lobbying sharing economy, national research institutes, and of course with urban sharing organisations themselves.

Urban Sharing team is exploring the city infrastructure of Amsterdam.

Urban Sharing team is exploring the city infrastructure of Amsterdam.

Amsterdam’s sharing mobility solutions.

Amsterdam’s sharing mobility solutions.

 
On the photo (left to right): Urban Sharing team: Jagdeep Singh, Steven Curtis, Ana María Arbeláez Vélez, Lucie Zvolska, Oksana Mont, Yuliya Voytenko Palgan and (the second row): Harmen van Sprang from ShareNL and Mattia Marini from Sharing Cities Alliance in front of their office.

On the photo (left to right): Urban Sharing team: Jagdeep Singh, Steven Curtis, Ana María Arbeláez Vélez, Lucie Zvolska, Oksana Mont, Yuliya Voytenko Palgan and (the second row): Harmen van Sprang from ShareNL and Mattia Marini from Sharing Cities Alliance in front of their office.

 
The Urban Sharing team (left to right) Steven Curtis, Oksana Mont, Ana Maria Arbelaez Velez, Yuliya Voytenko-Palgan, Lucie Zvolska and Jagdeep Singh on their way to a clothes sharing library LENA.

The Urban Sharing team (left to right) Steven Curtis, Oksana Mont, Ana Maria Arbelaez Velez, Yuliya Voytenko-Palgan, Lucie Zvolska and Jagdeep Singh on their way to a clothes sharing library LENA.

Inside of a clothes sharing library LENA.

Inside of a clothes sharing library LENA.

 
At meeting with the Department of Economic Affairs, the City of Amsterdam.

At meeting with the Department of Economic Affairs, the City of Amsterdam.

 
Urban Sharing team visiting Copernicus Institute at the University of Utrecht to present our work and exchange knowledge on the sharing economy with other researchers.

Urban Sharing team visiting Copernicus Institute at the University of Utrecht to present our work and exchange knowledge on the sharing economy with other researchers.

Yuliya Voytenko Palgan is presenting on the role of the city governance at Utrecht University.

Yuliya Voytenko Palgan is presenting on the role of the city governance at Utrecht University.

Lucie Zvolska is giving a presentation on institutionalisation of sharing at Utrecht University.

Lucie Zvolska is giving a presentation on institutionalisation of sharing at Utrecht University.

Interview meeting and sharing our knowledge and snapshots on the sharing economy from other cities. The Department of Traffic and Public Space at the City of Amsterdam.

Interview meeting and sharing our knowledge and snapshots on the sharing economy from other cities. The Department of Traffic and Public Space at the City of Amsterdam.

Brainstorming meeting on a possible collaboration with a platform for sharing of physical goods in the Netherlands.

Brainstorming meeting on a possible collaboration with a platform for sharing of physical goods in the Netherlands.


 

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