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.
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Literature acknowledges the semantic confusion surrounding the sharing economy. Recognising disconnect between the practices being included as part of the sharing economy and its purported sustainability potential, this research sought to synthesise a definition of the sharing economy that prioritised sustainability. Our research began with a systematic literature review. We used NVivo, a software to support analysis of qualitative data, to identify and synthesis the definitions of ‘sharing economy’ included in each article. In this post, we provide our definition, discuss its implications on how the sharing economy has been conceptualised this far, and provide access to our latest publication.
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.