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Sustainability 2017, 9(5), 701;

How Sharing Can Contribute to More Sustainable Cities

Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts, Lancaster University, Lancaster LA1 4YW, UK
Civil Engineering, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK
School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK
Sociology, Lancaster University, Lancaster LA1 4YW, UK
Faculty of Engineering and the Environment, University of Southampton, Southampton SO17 1BJ, UK
School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT, UK
Social Statistics & Demography, University of Southampton, Southampton, SO17 1BJ, UK
Indepth Network, 38 & 40 Mensah Wood Street, East Legon, P.O. Box KD 2013, Kanda, Accra, Ghana
Department of Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering, University College London, London WC1E 6BT, UK
Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy, University College London, London WC1E 6BT, UK
Psychology and Language Sciences, University College London, London WC1E 6BT, UK
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Academic Editor: Marc A. Rosen
Received: 4 April 2017 / Revised: 25 April 2017 / Accepted: 26 April 2017 / Published: 29 April 2017
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Recently, much of the literature on sharing in cities has focused on the sharing economy, in which people use online platforms to share underutilized assets in the marketplace. This view of sharing is too narrow for cities, as it neglects the myriad of ways, reasons, and scales in which citizens share in urban environments. Research presented here by the Liveable Cities team in the form of participant workshops in Lancaster and Birmingham, UK, suggests that a broader approach to understanding sharing in cities is essential. The research also highlighted tools and methods that may be used to help to identify sharing in communities. The paper ends with advice to city stakeholders, such as policymakers, urban planners, and urban designers, who are considering how to enhance sustainability in cities through sharing. View Full-Text
Keywords: sharing; cities; sharing cities; workshops sharing; cities; sharing cities; workshops

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Boyko, C.T.; Clune, S.J.; Cooper, R.F.D.; Coulton, C.J.; Dunn, N.S.; Pollastri, S.; Leach, J.M.; Bouch, C.J.; Cavada, M.; De Laurentiis, V.; Goodfellow-Smith, M.; Hale, J.D.; Hunt, D.K.G.; Lee, S.E.; Locret-Collet, M.; Sadler, J.P.; Ward, J.; Rogers, C.D.F.; Popan, C.; Psarikidou, K.; Urry, J.; Blunden, L.S.; Bourikas, L.; Büchs, M.; Falkingham, J.; Harper, M.; James, P.A.B.; Kamanda, M.; Sanches, T.; Tuner, P.; Wu, P.Y.; Bahaj, A.S.; Ortegon, A.; Barnes, K.; Cosgrave, E.; Honeybone, P.; Joffe, H.; Kwami, C.; Zeeb, V.; Collins, B.; Tyler, N. How Sharing Can Contribute to More Sustainable Cities. Sustainability 2017, 9, 701.

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