In conjunction with the 4th International Workshop on the Sharing Economy, the Urban Sharing team hosted an opportunity for PhD students to study the collaborative economy in Copenhagen. This International Mobile Research Lab combined classroom activities with real-world exploration of the sharing and collaborative and sharing economy in Copenhagen, in particular, in the fashion and mobility sectors.
On 15-16 June 2017, the 4th International Workshop on the Sharing Economy took place in Lund. The workshop was arranged by the IIIEE together with the department of urban planning and environment at KTH (Royal Institute of Technology), and attracted nearly a hundred participants from around the world.
Is the future of sustainable urban transport increased car sharing in cities? Steven took part in a session at the IIIEE Alumni Network Conference in May, where he presented recent findings from Berlin that challenged our notion of car sharing and sustainable transport. The session was organised by Ella Rebalski, Researcher at RISE Victoria. Further inputs were provided by Christian Brandt (Executive Director of OGO Car Share Co-op in British Columbia, Canada) and Brayton Noll (Recent MESPOM Graduate).
We are living in an increasingly urbanising society with real challenges, and opportunities, for future urban spaces to meet the needs of their people. This context set the discussions in motion during "The Urban Planet", which took place on May 18, 2017 and sought to elevate a discussion around Smart Cities, Urban Living Labs (and more broadly, collaboration in cities for sustainability), and new ways of organising urban systems. Team members Yuliya Voytenko Palgan and Steven Curtis were on hand to present their research.
In early April, the Urban Sharing team and a group of five Master's students descending on Berlin. Our goal: to embed, map, understand, investigate, probe, interview, experience, observe everything and anything relating to the sharing economy. So, over the course of five days, we conducted 20 interviews that ranged from sharing organisations, municipal agencies, NGOs, and professional associations.
As part of our ongoing research, in collaboration with students, we will host a workshop at Supermarkt Berlin exploring the above concept on April 6th from 13:00 - 16:00.
The team is well underway in planning the first of eight Mobile Research Labs. The first will take place in Berlin between April 3 - 8, 2017.
The 4th International Workshop on the Sharing Economy is to take place in Lund, Sweden on June 15 – 16, 2017, hosted by the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE) and the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH). With growing interest in the sharing economy among academics, entrepreneurs, and policy makers, we are excited to invite you to the workshop for further understanding and discussion.
The workshop will explore the sharing economy from a variety of conceptual, methodological, and empirical lenses including concepts, methods, impacts, operations, geographical contexts, actors and governance. Visit the workshop homepage for more information.
The Urban Sharing team kicked off December with another great opportunity to discuss urban sharing. Oksana Mont, Matthias Lehner and Lucie Zvolska attended a seminar in Malmö, Sweden titled “Advancing Sustainable Cities – Implementing Agenda 2030“, which focused on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in an urban context. Discussions concluded with the need to examine further the future of the sharing economy in relation to jobs and skills. Importance was placed on the role of regulation and legislation for tackling sustainable urban issues. Finally, it was suggested that communicating urban sustainable development through the lens of public health may be a more effective driver for change.
On Wednesday morning, the 16th of November 2016, Urban Sharing team members Lucie Zvolska, Matthias Lehner, and Oksana Mont attended a breakfast seminar to discuss the role of regulation and workers’ rights, along with potential sustainability implications relating to the 'sharing economy'.
Meet Lucie and Steven! In September, two PhD researchers began their work at the IIIEE. They are both part of the project Urban Sharing: From Excess Economy to Access Economy.
Gathered on a Wednesday afternoon in Lund, a team of six meet for the first time to kick-off the project Urban Sharing: From Excess Economy to Access Economy. Around the table sit two PhD students, a postdoc, and two senior researchers as they listen to principle investigator Oksana Mont explain her vision for sharing in cities. How do you begin a project? Get our insight!