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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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.