Urban sharing of assets, spaces and skills has emerged as a prospective solution to sustainability challenges faced by cities. However, its sustainability potential and institutional processes to harness it have not been systematically scrutinised.
This ambitious research programme aims to examine, test and advance knowledge about design, sustainability of practices and institutionalisation processes of urban sharing organisations across 8 cities from 5 continents. The research conflates studies on sustainable consumption and production with organisational theory and the neo-institutional field. The three objectives are:
To examine the ways in which urban sharing schemes are designed and how they vary across cities.
To study the sustainability of daily practices of urban sharing schemes and why and how they vary in different cities.