The Sharing Economy in Sweden: Insights from a national program

Location: Theatre 4012, Floor 4, The Spot, 198 Berkeley St Carlton, University of Melbourne.

In this lecture Kes McCormick will analyse the development and progress of Sharing Cities Sweden. This national program aims to put Sweden on the map as a country that actively and critically works with the sharing economy in cities. The objectives of the program are to develop world-leading test-beds for the sharing economy in Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö and Umeå as well as develop a national node to significantly improve national and international cooperation and promote an exchange of experience on sharing cities. The focus areas for the program are sustainability potentials, institutional processes and business models for sharing cities, as well as understanding processes of learning, scaling, translating, and mainstreaming in the context of sharing cities.


Kes McCormick is an Associate Professor and Assistant Head at the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE) at Lund University, Sweden. He works in the fields of sustainability, governance, cities and greening the economy. He has participated in European, Swedish and Australian research and innovation projects, and since 2004, has produced over 100 publications in a diversity of formats and presented at 50 international conferences. He is the program coordinator for Sharing Cities Sweden (VINNOVA), a member of the management team for Naturvation (H2020) and Urban Nature (FORMAS), a taskforce leader for Viable Cities (Swedish Energy Agency), and a participant in When Municipalities set the Research Agenda (FORMAS) and Narrating Climate Futures (Pufendiorf Institute).