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Disruptive Urbanism Implications of the ‘Sharing Economy’ for Cities, Regions, and Urban Policy

    148 Pages
    by Routledge

    148 Pages
    by Routledge

    Disruptive Urbanism examines how different forms and modes of the so called "sharing economy" are manifesting in cities and regions throughout the world, and how policy makers are responding to these disruptions.

    The emergence of the so called "sharing economy" and the "disruptive technologies" have profound implications for urban policy and governance. Initial expectations that "sharing" of homes, offices or vehicles could solve urban problems such as congestion or housing affordability have given way to concerns over job precarity, neighbourhood transformation, and the growing power of platforms in disrupting urban governance and regulation. Contributors to this volume canvas these issues, examining how the "sharing economy" is manifesting in urban areas, the implications of this for urban living, and how policy makers are responding to these changes. Implications for urban research, policy, and practice are highlighted through chapters which address forms of urban "sharing" across housing, transport, work, and food and wider processes of globalisation and neoliberalism as they disrupt cities and urban policy making.

    Disruptive Urbanism will be of great interest to scholars of urban planning, urban governance, the sharing economy, and housing studies. The chapters were originally published as a special issue of Urban Policy and Research.


    Disruptive Urbanism? Implications of the ‘Sharing Economy’ for Cities, Regions, and Urban Policy

    Paul J. Maginn, Paul Burton and Crystal Legacy

    1. Urban Planning in the Age of Airbnb: Coase, Property Rights, and Spatial Regulation

    Nicole Gurran, Glen Searle and Peter Phibbs

    2. “I Don’t Think My Landlord Will Find Out:” Airbnb and the Challenges of Enforcement

    Rebecca Leshinsky and Laura Schatz

    3. Is Airbnb a Sharing Economy Superstar? Evidence from Five Global Cities

    Laura Crommelin, Laurence Troy, Chris Martin and Chris Pettit

    4. Towards Understanding the Socio-Economic Patterns of Sharing Economy in Australia: An Investigation of Airbnb Listings in Sydney and Melbourne Metropolitan Regions

    Tooran Alizadeh, Reza Farid and Somwrita Sarkar

    5. Commercial Car Sharing, Complaints and Coping: Does Sharing Need Willingness?

    Jennifer L. Kent and Robyn Dowling

    6. Connective Consumptions: Mapping Melbourne’s Food Sharing Ecosystem

    Ferne Edwards and Anna R. Davies

    7. The Rise of Shared Work Spaces: A Disruption to Urban Planning Policy?

    Courtney Babb, Carey Curtis and Sam McLeod

    8. Sharing Cities for Urban Transformation: Narrative, Policy and Practice

    Darren Sharp


    Nicole Gurran is Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Sydney, where she leads Urban Housing Lab@Sydney and directs the University’s AHURI (Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute) research centre. Nicole’s research focuses on intersections between urban planning and the housing system and she has led and collaborated on a series of studies on aspects of urban policy, housing, sustainability and planning.

    Paul J Maginn is an urban planner/geographer at the University of Western Australia, and is the Programme Co-ordinator for the Masters in Urban and Regional Planning. Dr Maginn is also the Editor-in-Chief of Urban Policy and Research.

    Paul Burton is Professor of Urban Management and Planning & Director at the Cities Research Institute, Griffith University, Australia.

    Crystal Legacy is a Senior Lecturer in Urban Planning at the University of Melbourne and a former Australian Research Council DECRA recipient (2014-2017).

    Carey Curtis is Professor of City Planning and Transport and Director of the research network Urbanet at Curtin University, Australia. She is also is Managing Editor of the Journal ‘Urban Policy and Research’.

    Anthony Kent is Lecturer in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University, Australia.

    Geoffrey Binder is a casual tutor/lecturer and consultant in behaviour and organisational change/innovation for environmental sustainability, in the Department of Planning and Social Sciences at the University of Melbourne, Australia.