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).
Lucie Zvolska, Yuliya Voytenko Palgan and Oksana Mont have recently published their new article analysing the pathways sharing organisations take to create new institutions and alter the existing ones.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Yuliya Voytenko Palgan and Lucie Zvolska attended the Smart City Expo World Congress, SCEWC, (where some 20,000 people gathered to talk about smart cities of the future) and the Sharing Cities Summit, which is the leading event for the sharing economy in cities. At the SCEWC, Lucie Zvolska presented the URBAN SHARING project and her latest research.