Municipalities' role in non-profit sharing schemes
Municipalities have been identified as key actors in the development of the sharing economy.
The sharing economy is growing in cities around the world, and is attracting attention for its possibility to provide sustainable consumption and production. Sharing schemes are initiated by civil society actors, businesses and municipal actors, however, critics mean that profit-driven sharing schemes risk neglecting environmental and social sustainability in their quest for profit, and may simply conform to the current unsustainable consumption system. Non-profit sharing schemes that are motivated by environmental and social concern are therefore attracting attention, however these sharing schemes are often small-scale and struggle to establish and expand.
At the same time, municipalities have been identified as key actors in the development of the sharing economy, not just as initiators, but also for their potential to encourage sharing schemes. This master’s thesis zooms in on the establishment and expansion of non-profit sharing schemes, and analyses whether municipalities can contribute to the establishment and expansion of non-profit sharing schemes, as well as what enable and/or impede the municipalities in this work.
Student: Malin Whittaker
Duration: This project runs from February to July 2020
Supervisor: Hege Westskog