The sharing economy appears repeatedly in academic literature as a solution to tackle some of the sustainability challenges society is facing. However, few studies quantify impacts of the sharing economy on cities due to the lack of a methodological approaches that allow a systematic and standardized measurement. Therefore, there is need to develop a method to understand how the sharing economy is influencing the sustainability of cities and their development. We discuss our approach in this blogpost.
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27th international Input-Output Association Conference and 9th Edition of the International School of I-O Analysis
This interesting week started with a school day about “Maximum Entropy and Input-Output Analysis”. In this course, we learned about different methods that can be used to solve Input-Output data related challenges. The week continued with sessions about methodological developments, practical applications and data handling. Some of the sessions that we attended focused one consumption based accounting, linking micro-data from consumption surveys and IO models, the role of Input-Output to assess environmental policy needs, Input-Output modelling at a city level, amongst others.
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.