Gathered around the table on a Monday morning, researchers from the Urban Sharing team sit nibbling pepparkakor, the Swedish version of gingerbread cookies. As we wait for colleagues to join us by video, we discuss the purpose of today’s meeting: to begin to develop a typology of platform models in the sharing economy. However, today is unique; we are using this opportunity to explore literature collaboratively, while learning NVivo, a computer software used for the systematic storage, retrieval and/or analysis of qualitative data.
In furthering our knowledge on new institutionalism and learning how urban sharing actors work to institutionalise the sharing economy, Lucie Zvolska from the Urban Sharing team took a PhD course ”Institutional Organizational Analysis – Change and Transformation” at Copenhagen Business School.
In Urban Sharing project, our aim is to analyse sharing economy in different cities across the world. One of the key objectives is to investigate the social, economic and environmental implications of SE in order to help devise regulatory and institutional mechanisms to mitigate the negative impacts and/or support the positive impacts of SE.
In October two Master students of Environmental Policy and Management (EMP) have defended their theses in the field of sharing economy.
At the start of the project we are revising methods that we are to employ in the project. One of our methods for collecting empirical data is the so-called Mobile Research Lab. The method of “mobile research lab” builds on the idea and term coined by Harriet Bulkeley (Durham University) and Johannes Stripple (Lund University) to represent a type of research activity when an interdisciplinary group of researchers visits various sites to study a certain phenomenon in a city.