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User-Centered Digital Sharing Platforms

Research project Are there other ways to critical mass? How user-centered sharing platforms and new sharing logics affects sharing opportunities in smaller societies.

Are there other ways to critical mass? How user-centered sharing platforms and new sharing logics affects sharing opportunities in smaller societies.

Head of project

Per Levén
Senior lecturer (associate professor)
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Project overview

Project period

2019-01-01 2020-12-31

Funding

Vinnova

Research subject

Informatics

Project description

The way we share is changing. Sharing economy is the umbrella term that has come to symbolize the paradigm shift which has made us go from borrowing two eggs from a neighbor to sharing car trips with strangers and finding accommodation in an unknown city, all with a few taps on our phone. One engine behind these new exchanges are digital sharing platforms. While many of these digital sharing platforms have reached great commercial success in big metropolitan cities, they do not seem to break through in other cities, and therefore struggle to contribute to richer and more sustainable societies to the degree that many has hoped. The aim of this project is therefore to study if digital sharing platforms based on a more user-centered sharing philosophy can solve shortcomings of the more resource-centered platforms. For this purpose, a prototype to a user-centered sharing platform has been developed. The goal of the project is to contribute to the knowledge on designing sustainable digital sharing platforms, and in the long term to support the spread of sharing as a natural part of a sustainable lifestyle through pilot testing of this prototype.