On Monday 9th of September, the Urban Sharing team organized an online meeting with our Advisory Group, which includes prominent academics from a range of disciplines spanning from business models to urban studies, governance and institutionalism, to sustainability assessments of different kinds and experts on the sharing economy.
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.
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.
Urban Sharing Team is on the way home from the project’s first Mobile Research Lab in Amsterdam and while they are reflecting on their impressions from sharing economy in Amsterdam we have a chance to have a look at how their trip has been. Every day between the 8 and 12 of April was packed with interviews, meetings, discussions with Amsterdam city officials, researchers from Utrecht and Twente universities, national organisations lobbying sharing economy, national research institutes, and of course with urban sharing organisations themselves.