One important aspect of our project is dissemination of research results. Often, we are asked to be interviewed for popular science magazines and/or blogposts. Moreover, we hope to use this blog and news section of the website as a means for disseminating research in more of a raw form, posing thought-provoking questions and being critical of the research field.
In the July 2018 issue, PhD Researcher Lucie Zvolska was interviewed for the Sharing Cities Magazine. This serves as the 9th Edition of the Sharing Cities Magazine, an online interactive magazine published by Sharing Cities Alliance.
Excerpt: "Proponents of the sharing economy, or as we call it, urban sharing, claim that sharing is beneficial to the local economy as money is spent in the community. At the same time, it allows local people to earn extra money to pay the bills, a task which is becoming increasingly difficult after the recession. Advocates of urban sharing also believe it strengthens the feeling of togetherness and fosters social interaction because it connects people in large cities who otherwise would not have met. It is even said to be good for the environment because the more we share, the fewer things we potentially need to buy. While it may sound like a panacea to many problems cities are facing today, we have to be careful not to jump in conclusions without a rigorous evaluation of its promises. Urban sharing comprises hundreds of business models and unique platforms, which impact cities in different ways. If we wish to discuss the impact of the sharing economy on our cities, we must understand the interplay between individual sharing platforms and the specific needs of urban citizens and cities. For this reason, I am working to understand how urban sharing organisations operate.
In order for cities to take advantage of the potential benefits of sharing platforms, they should understand their impacts, and choose how to best govern them based on their merits. While city officials focus on regulating the large players, it might prove beneficial to also explore what smaller and non-profit platforms are already available in the city and their impacts. These small-scale organisations are often community-led initiatives with great sustainability potentials that could help cities reach their sustainability goals. Conversely, there are many small-scale tool sharing, food sharing or bike and car sharing initiatives that could greatly benefit from the support of the municipality."
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