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A Modern Guide to the Urban Sharing Economy

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A Modern Guide to the Urban Sharing Economy

9781789909555 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Thomas Sigler, Senior Lecturer in Human Geography and Jonathan Corcoran, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Queensland, Australia
Publication Date: August 2021 ISBN: 978 1 78990 955 5 Extent: c 336 pp
Providing a comprehensive overview of the urban sharing economy, this Modern Guide takes a forward-looking perspective on how sharing goods and services may facilitate future sustainability of consumption and production. It highlights recent developments and issues, with cutting-edge discussions from leading international scholars in business, engineering, environmental management, geography, law, planning, sociology and transport studies.

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Providing a comprehensive overview of the urban sharing economy, this Modern Guide takes a forward-looking perspective on how sharing goods and services may facilitate future sustainability of consumption and production. It highlights recent developments and issues, with cutting-edge discussions from leading international scholars in business, engineering, environmental management, geography, law, planning, sociology and transport studies.
 
A Modern Guide to the Urban Sharing Economy begins with basic concepts and definitions, providing broad context with a focus on shifting service modalities, regulatory frameworks, and a historical overview of how sharing came to be a staple feature of the economies of contemporary cities. The second section focusses on shared mobility, with a particular lens on micromobility, parking, ride-hailing, car-sharing and ride-sharing. The third section focusses on shared space, including co-working office spaces and short term rentals, as well as shared goods and services, including streaming music services, clothing rental services, food sharing and tool libraries. The book concludes by outlining the key ethical challenges that face the sharing economy.
 
Real-world case studies are presented from authors in more than a dozen countries, making this a helpful and invigorating read for scholars of the sharing economy, urban studies and sustainable development. A Modern Guide to the Urban Sharing Economy is likely to also be of interest to those studying urban planning, human geography, and other disciplines focussing on the future of planetary urbanisation.
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‘Spanning multiple disciplines and continents, A Modern Guide to the Urban Sharing Economy documents how sharing platforms transform mobility, space and our relationship with things. How platforms are regulated will determine whether “sharing” delivers community, prosperity and sustainability; or exclusion, precarity and hyper-extraction. Regulation requires a map. Here it is.’
– Matthew David, Durham University, UK

‘Sharing began in the family and community and has been critical to human survival. Some of this ethos remains, despite monetization of many of our sharable resources. What are the broad effects of “a sharing app life”? This guide brings together a wonderfully diverse set of minds to offer answers.’
– Russell W. Belk, York University, Canada
Contributors
Contributors include: Pia A. Albinsson, Ana María Arbeláez Vélez, Carlos Baez, Sabrina Chakori, Adam Cohen, Jonathan Corcoran, Nestor Davidson, Anna Davies, Kevin Dunn, Andrea Geissinger, Merlyn A. Griffiths, Shane Hopkinson, John Infranca, Fengjun Jin, Onat Kibaroglu, Anthony Kimpton, Eric Knight, Sirat Mahmuda, Grant McKenzie, Agnes Katharina Müller, Shirley Nieuwland, Kirsi Niinimäki, Raphaël Nowak, Oliver O’Brien, Christina Öberg, Louise Pelgander, B. Yasanthi Perera, Awais Piracha, Andrius Plepys, Dorina Pojani, Luis del Romero Renau, Susan Shaheen, Rachel Sharples, Thomas Sigler, Neil Sipe, Petter Törnberg, Kentaro Toyama

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