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Welcome to this Misum research seminar with Professor Frank Boons, Misum Research Fellow, on May 23, 10-12, in the SSE board room.

The sharing economy has gained a strong foothold in the discourse among policy-makers, business managers and academics. It comes with explicit normative expectations in terms of employment, social impact and environmental benefits, despite an incomplete understanding of the full impact of the innovative new business models and modes of provision that fall under this label. Sharing initiatives constitute a, potentially disruptive, alternative to existing practices of consumption and production, sometimes challenging the dominant corporate-driven economic model. Professor Frank Boons aims to provide a conceptualisation and assessment of the sharing economy as a systemic phenomenon, and thus open up a research agenda to understand its dynamics and critically assess its environmental impact. He thus seeks to answer the following two questions:

1. How can the transition to a sharing economy be conceptualized using the ecosystem concept?

2. How can the environmental impact of that transition be assessed?

Welcome! Open for SSE researchers.

Professor Frank Boon is a Misum Research Fellow, Professor of Innovation & Sustainability and Director, Sustainable Consumption Institute, Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, UK

Date: Thursday, 23 May 2019

Time: 10 – 12

Venue: The Board Room at the main building, SSE

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