team Publications


List of forthcoming publications

  1. Mont, O., Voytenko Palgan, Y., & Zvolska, L. (2019). How Sharing Economy Organizations and City Governments Engage in Institutional Work and How This Shapes Sustainability. In R. Belk, G. M. Eckhardt, & F. Bardhi (Eds.), Handbook of the Sharing Economy (pp.). Edward Elgar.

  2. Plepys, A., & Singh, J. (2019). Challenges and research needs in evaluating the sustainability impacts of sharing economy using input-output analysis. In O. Mont (Ed.), A Research Agenda for Sustainable Consumption Governance. Edward Elgar


List of Publications


Zvolska, L., Voytenko Palgan, Y., & Mont, O. (2019). How do sharing organisations create and disrupt institutions? Towards a framework for institutional work in the sharing economy. Journal of Cleaner Production.


Abstract: The sharing economy is a new form of resource distribution that is affecting traditional markets, cities and individuals, and challenging the prevalent regulatory frameworks, social norms and belief systems. While studies have examined some of its disruptive effects on institutional actors, there has been less focus on the ways in which sharing economy organisations work to create new or disrupt prevalent institutions. This study aims to fill this gap by 1) applying a framework for institutional work by Lawrence and Suddaby (2006) to help understand, map out and classify a variety of mechanisms for urban sharing organisations to engage in institutional creation and disruption, and by 2) testing and adjusting the framework to the context of the sharing economy. The analysis builds on empirical data from case studies, field observations and almost 70 interviews with representatives of urban sharing organisations and actors in their organisational field.


Curtis, S. K., & Lehner, M. (2019). Defining the Sharing Economy for Sustainability. Sustainability.


Abstract: (1) Background: The sharing economy has emerged as a phenomenon widely described by academic literature to promote more sustainable consumption practices such as access over ownership. However, there exists great semantic confusion within academic literature surrounding the term “sharing economy,” which threatens the realisation of its purported sustainability potential. (2) Objective: The aim of this paper is to synthesise the existing academic definitions and propose a definition of the sharing economy from the perspective of sustainability science in order to indicate sharing practices that are consistent with the sustainability claims attributed to the sharing economy. (3) Methods: We conduct a database search to collect relevant academic articles. Then, we leverage qualitative content analysis in order to analyse the authors’ definitions and to synthesise the broad dimensions of the sharing economy in the discourse. (4) Results: We propose the following characteristics, or semantic properties, of the sharing economy for sustainability: ICT-mediated, non-pecuniary motivation for ownership, temporary access, rivalrous and tangible goods. (5) Conclusion: The semantic properties that inform our definition of the sharing economy for sustainability indicate those sharing practices that promote sustainable consumption compared to purely market-based exchanges. This definition is relevant for academics studying the sustainability impacts of the sharing economy in order to promote comparability and compatibility in research. Furthermore, the definition is useful for policy-makers, entrepreneurs, managers and consumers that have the sharing economy on the agenda in order to promote social enterprise and support sustainable consumption.



Mont, O. (2018). Mobile Research Lab. Methodological Underpinnings. Lund: IIIEE.


This document aims to describe a methodology for conducting in-situ research for the research programme, Urban Sharing: Sustainability and Institutionalisation. Urban Sharing adopts an innovative research design by combining deductive and inductive types of research with techniques for data collection and analysis from several disciplines. This enables the inter- and transdisciplinary study of USOs in diverse city contexts.