Mapping the Melbourne sharing economy

Melbourne Networked Society Institute research paper 5
27 February 2017

This report presents findings from an analysis of the scale and scope of the sharing economy in Melbourne. The central aim of this report is to outline the breadth of the sharing economy in Melbourne, and to identify future directions for further investigation. The new services that form the sharing economy are becoming widespread and are used regularly by members of the public, both in Victoria and internationally, with many of the commercial companies that form part of this economy having a market value in the billions. A critical understanding of how sharing occurs through digital technologies, how sharing itself is conceptualised by individual, community, and corporate actors, and the wider implications of these networks for our social and economic relations, are all urgently needed. This report maps the services, networks and discourses around the sharing economy across Melbourne – a designated 'sharing city' (Sharp 2016). Furthermore, it contributes the first comprehensive listing of networks active and available to people in Melbourne.

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Jenny Kennedy, Bjorn Nansen, James Meese, Rowan Wilken, Tamara Kohn, Michael Arnold, 2017, Mapping the Melbourne sharing economy, Melbourne Networked Society Institute, viewed 28 March 2017, <http://apo.org.au/node/74060>.

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