The Third International Conference of the Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative (SCORAI) took place on June 27–30 2018 in Copenhagen. The conference brought together 200 researchers and practitioners from around the globe, who presented on a wide range of topics from Consumer Behavior, Envisioning & Governing Social Change, Culture & Practices, Transitions to Sustainable Lifestyles, Emergent Research Trends, Practice & Education, and Innovation. The Urban Sharing team organised sessions and presented their research at the conference. Find out more!
The Urban Sharing team works closely with colleagues at the IIIEE, including Kes McCormick and Charlotte Leire, who coordinate the Sharing Cities Sweden national programme. In April, the Sharing Cities Sweden programme hosted its launch event and workshop on 23 and 24 April respectively. Oksana Mont and Yuliya Voytenko Palgan took part in the events, offering insights from the team's most recent mobile research labs.
You can find out more information about these events and the Sharing Cities Sweden national programme at https://www.sharingcities.se/.
In April 2018, the Urban Sharing team performed a mobile research lab in San Francisco, USA. The researchers met with representatives from various sharing platforms, city authorities, civic associations and the academic community. They explored the impacts of sharing on the city in terms of its economic, environmental and social effects, the ways in which the City of San Francisco engages with sharing and the degrees to which sharing is accepted and used by the citizens. Check out the corresponding snapshot here.
The International Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE) hosted of the workshop “Evaluating the Sharing Economy in Cities”, which took place workshop took place on 26 February 2018. The event was hosted by Sharing Cities Sweden, a Swedish national programme for the sharing economy in cities, with IIIEE as coordinator. The Urban Sharing research team participated as part of their ongoing work. Find out more about the workshop!
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.