Urban sharing of assets has emerged as a prospective solution to sustainability challenges faced by cities. However, its sustainability potential and institutionalisation pathways have not been systematically examined.
This research programme aims to examine, test and advance knowledge about design, sustainability of practices and institutionalisation pathways of urban sharing organisations across 5 cities: Amsterdam, Melbourne, Seoul, Shanghai and Toronto. The research conflates organisational, institutional and sustainability sciences. The three objectives are:
To study the sustainability impacts of urban sharing organisations and how they vary across cities.
To examine how urban sharing organisations are designed and operate as well as how they vary in different city contexts.
To advance theoretical understanding of institutionalisation pathways of urban sharing organisations across cities.
Urban Sharing research programme provides an excellent opportunity to bridge disparate academic, conceptual and empirical traditions concerned with alternative ways of consuming by undertaking a novel inter- and trans-disciplinary study of urban sharing. Using a combination of methods, including case studies, mobile research labs, interviews, observations, expert panels, in-situ field work, the Urban Sharing programme will provide outputs including:
Unique international empirical evidence about design and operations of urban sharing organisations in diverse city contexts that creates foundation for further research on emerging phenomenon of urban sharing,
A sustainability assessment framework to evaluate economic, environmental and social impacts of urban sharing organisations that helps urban sharing organisations and cities operationalise their sustainability ambitions,
Advanced theoretical understanding of institutionalisation pathways of urban sharing organisations in diverse cities bridging disparate sciences: organisational, institutional and sustainability.
This will produce a step-change in scholarship, open up new horizons for further research on urban sharing and new avenues for fostering sustainability in society.