Synthesis report Sharing Cities: Exploring the Emerging Landscape of the Sharing Economy in Cities

Synthesis report Sharing Cities: Exploring the Emerging Landscape of the Sharing Economy in Cities

Urban Sharing researcher Yuliya Voytenko Palgan contributed to a synthesis report entitled Sharing Cities: Exploring the Emerging Landscape of the Sharing Economy in Cities, which was produced in April 2019 as part of the Sharing Cities Sweden programme. The report captures the lessons learned and ambitious goals of the sharing economy test-beds in Stockholm, Malmö, Umeå and Göteborg. Yuliya has contributed to this report with an article on insights into governing sharing cities. The document also contains articles on the journeys of the test-beds, a discussion of designing test-beds as urban living labs, and an overview of strategic thinking on sharing cities.

New member in our Advisory Group

New member in our Advisory Group

We are happy to announce that Prof. Florian Lüdeke-Freund from ESCP Europe Business School in Germany has joined URBAN SHARING advisory group, consisting of Professors Julian Agyeman, Harriet Bulkeley, Koen Frenken, Renate E. Meyer, Renato Orsato, and Chris Ryan. Prof. Lüdeke-Freund will help our project to develop a comprehensive as well as theoretically and empirically grounded notion of sustainable business models. More information about Prof. Lüdeke-Freund and other members of our advisory group can be found here.

International Spring School and International Scientific-Practitioner Conference “European Dimensions of Sustainable Development”

International Spring School and International Scientific-Practitioner Conference “European Dimensions of Sustainable Development”

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Urban Sharing researcher Yuliya Voytenko Palgan presented at the International Spring School and International Scientific-Practitioner Conference “European Dimensions of Sustainable Development”, which was held at the National University of Food Technologies in Kyiv, Ukraine, on 23-24 April 2019. Yuliya welcomed the participants with a keynote speech and gave two presentations. She spoke on “Sustainable Consumption: Principles, Challenges and Solutions” as well as presented the results of her latest research done together with Urban Sharing programme coordinator Oksana Mont and Simo Sulkakoski on “The Role of City Governments in the Sharing Economy”. Both presentations were well-received by the audience and initiated lively discussions among the participants.

Living Mobility Congress

Living Mobility Congress

On 16th April 2019, Lucie Zvolska from the Urban Sharing team attended a Living Mobility Congress in Amsterdam, which brought together over 300 representatives from mobility businesses, urban planners, the city governments and the academia. The aim of to Congress was to (re)imagine the future of mobility in cities and in new area developments. We heard examples from a number of cities, including London, Mexico City, Amsterdam, the Hague, or Bremen. Read whole blog post on Living Mobility Congress.

Mobile Research Lab in Amsterdam has started

Mobile Research Lab in Amsterdam has started

Urban Sharing team has started their first Mobile Research Lab (MRL) in Amsterdam. The trip includes among others visits to ShareNL, Rijkswaterstaat, University of Utrecht, University of Twente, city of Amsterdam as well as meetings with representatives of different urban sharing organisations active in the city of Amsterdam.

On the photo (left to right): Urban Sharing team: Jagdeep Singh, Steven Curtis, Ana María Arbeláez Vélez, Lucie Zvolska, Oksana Mont, Yuliya Voytenko Palgan and (the second row): Harmen van Sprang from ShareNL and Mattia Marini from Sharing Cities Alliance in front of their office.

On the photo (left to right): Urban Sharing team: Jagdeep Singh, Steven Curtis, Ana María Arbeláez Vélez, Lucie Zvolska, Oksana Mont, Yuliya Voytenko Palgan and (the second row): Harmen van Sprang from ShareNL and Mattia Marini from Sharing Cities Alliance in front of their office.

New colleague joined URBAN SHARING team

New colleague joined URBAN SHARING team

From the 1st of March Ana María Arbeláez Vélez has joined URBAN SHARING team as a new PhD. She is interested in comprehending how to develop sustainable urban areas as she believes this is one of the cornerstones for sustainable development. Achievements in urban sustainability in one city can lead a way to create possibilities for reducing the impacts in other urban areas. Her research will be focused on quantifying the impacts shared economy has on the sustainability of cities.

Ana has a Master in Industrial Ecology from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (2018). In her Master thesis she used a Multi-Regional Input and Output model to evaluate the impacts of trade on the gender equality of the labour force of several regions of the world. Her Bachelor was mainly focused on the economic sustainability of companies (Bachelor in Industrial Engineer).

Sharing economy has been defined

Sharing economy has been defined

2 of our researchers Steven Curtis and Matthias Lehner have worked on analysing existing studies to define the field of sharing economy. In January they have published their new study with the results shedding light on what sharing economy actually is. Steven has also wrote a blog post, where you can read more about the process.

Webinar on “The Role of City Governments in the Sharing Economy”

Webinar on “The Role of City Governments in the Sharing Economy”

On 6 February 2019, Yuliya Voytenko Palgan presented in an online webinar on “The Role of City Governments in the Sharing Economy”. She has tested a newly developed framework on the governance mechanisms and roles that cities employ when engaging with the sharing economy with the representatives from the municipalities of Malmö, Gothenburg and Umeå. These cities are members in the Sharing Cities Sweden programme. The framework is developed as part of URBAN SHARING programme and Sharing and the City project.

Scaling up sharing potential

Scaling up sharing potential

In January 2019 a new Swedish project called “Delningens potential för minskad miljöpåverkan” (in English: “The potential of sharing for reduced environmental impact”) has been finalised. The project was financed by RE:source program and led by IVL in collaboration with KTH and Lund University. Andrius Plepys was one of the collaborators in the project.

The project investigated three sharing segments in Sweden - mobility, space and goods sharing - where potential for increased resource efficiency and reduced environmental impact are expected. It estimated the scale and the nature of environmental implications and discussed how the sustainability potential could be enhanced. The project also identified several obstacles, roles of different stakeholders and provided suggestions for activities that RE: Source should continue working with. Project report (in Swedish) will soon be made available online.

Nvivo to help study urban sharing

Nvivo to help study urban sharing

On December 10, 2018 the URBAN SHARING team has organised a workshop about NVivo - a computer software used to assist researchers in qualitative content analysis. Steven Curtis led the workshop. The purpose of the workshop was to teach all the members of the team and other researchers at the IIIEE about Nvivo. Steven explained that the software is useful in analysing qualitative data in the form of text, images, video, and audio. The software allows for the systematic collection, analysis, and retrieval of data in a more effective and efficient manner. By using the learning-by-doing approach, Steven demonstrated some of the functions and features of NVivo using several articles about business models in the sharing economy. More about NVivo can be found here.

Visit to WU Wien

Visit to WU Wien

On 7th December, Lucie Zvolska from the URBAN SHARING team met with sharing and institutional researchers from Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Wien). She also got to introduce the URBAN SHARING project to Dr. Achim Oberg and PhD student Sebastian Vith, whose interests cover the sharing economy, institutionalism, institutional complexity, and governance theory. The researchers found many synergies between their projects and will look for possibilities to collaborate in the future.

 The URBAN SHARING team will soon discuss possible submissions to the EGOS conference.

PhD thesis opposition at NTNU

PhD thesis opposition at NTNU

Andrius Plepys has recently acted as a second opponent in a PhD thesis defence of Gibran Vita at Industrial Ecology Programme of Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim. The thesis titled “The environmental impacts of human needs and lifestyles - Connecting the global economy, natural resources and human well-being” discussed how different aspects of human consumption and lifestyle choices affect the environment and the quality of life.

In picture from left to right: Andrius Plepys (opponent), Konstantin Stadler (co-supervisor), Dr. Gibran Vita (defendant), Francesco Cherubini (chair of examination committee), Julie Steinberger (opponent), and Richard Wood (supervisor). Not in picture – co-supervisor prof. Edgar Hertwich (former programme director, president of the ISIE, prof. in Industrial Sustainability at Yale).