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. (Meet the Team) The task at hand is ambitious and unique; the team will travel to eight cities across the globe to examine sharing organisations with the hopes to institutionalise sharing in cities. The motivation: reduce idling capacity of goods, improve resource efficiency, and develop social cohesion.
The project is funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, and includes researchers at the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics at Lund University in Lund, Sweden.
The kick-off meeting was all-encompassing, which included a discussion about the scope of the project, the development of a common definition of sharing, the tentative travel plan for visiting the eight cities being investigated, and the communication strategy of knowledge generated.
We will follow up with more information about these and other topics in the coming weeks and months. In the meantime, explore our website, learn more about our project, and don't hesitate to get in touch!