Welcome to Sharing Cities Sweden!

Sharing Cities Sweden aims to put Sweden on the map as a country that actively and critically works with the sharing economy in cities. It is a national program with a budget of 12 million euro over 4 years. Sharing Cities Sweden is a part of Viable Cities - a strategic innovation program for smart and sustainable 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. Read our brief flyer










Sharing Cities Sweden is developing world-leading test-beds for the sharing economy in Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö and Umeå. Through test-beds, sharing services and digital solutions will be developed. The opportunities and risks of the sharing economy will be tested and evaluated.

Sharing Cities Sweden is establishing a national node to significantly improve national and international cooperation and promote an exchange of experience on sharing services. The test-beds will be supported by the national node for coordination, national learning and international exchange.

A game-changing conference and exhibition in Sweden on the emerging sharing economy in cities!
— Kes McCormick, Program Coordinator, Sharing Cities Sweden

Current Schedule for Sharing Cities Sweden

19-21 November 2019 - Smart City Expo World Congress. Sharing Cities Sweden is participating in the event and related activities on the sharing economy in cities, including the Sharing Cities Action Stand Lab.

Recent News from Sharing Cities Sweden

Sharing Cities Sweden is actively organizing events, workshops, publications and activities to support a creative discussion about the sharing economy in cities. Read all of our news

Presentations to Lund University Alumni Network

Oscar Pelin and Kes McCormick presented Sharing Cities Sweden and the developments in Sege Park at an after work event for the Lund University Alumni Network on 12 September 2019. Over 100 people from the alumni network for Lund University attended the event and a lively discussion followed about the role of the sharing cities in creatively contributing to sustainable development.

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Study Tour #6 - Gothenburg

Sharing City Göteborg organised a study tour on 27 August 2019. The purpose of the study tour was to see and learn about the “outdoor office” in Johanneberg and the new innovation arena called “A Working Lab” as well as visit “Brf Viva” – the result of research on how we can build and live in more sustainable ways. As a resident at “Brf Viva” there are all the ingredients (including sharing) to live in comfortable, green and sustainable environments.

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Evaluations Workshop #7 - Sharing Cities Sweden

An evaluations workshop for Sharing Cities Sweden was organised in Gothenburg on 28 August 2019. The purpose of the event was to revisit the evaluations planning at the start of the Sharing Cities Sweden, discuss progress on evaluations and lessons learned so far as well as present and discuss the development of evaluations summaries to draw out key findings from evaluations.

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Global Karlstad

Think globally and act locally! Through the annual event called Global Karlstad, the City of Karlstad together with SIDA wants to inspire people to try to live in a more climate-smart and sustainable way with a key theme on the sharing economy. Karlstad is one of six municipalities in Sweden designated a global municipality by SIDA and also the coordinator for the Sharing Towns strategic project in Sharing Cities Sweden.

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Governing Sharing Cities in Films

Want to learn more about how cities approach governing the sharing economy? Senior Lecturer Yuliya Voytenko Palgan shares the latest research in a new video series about governing the sharing economy. Check out the latest video and stay tuned for more information about a forthcoming Massive Open Online Course on Sharing Cities developed by Sharing Cities Sweden.

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Sharing City Göteborg - opportunities and challenges

On 3 October 2019, a roundtable on the sharing economy is being organized in Göteborg. Are you researching the sharing economy or interested in the phenomenon of sharing cities? Sign up for the roundtable and meet researchers and experts working on the issue and start a conversation about how research in Göteborg can contribute to the sharing economy.

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Sharing Cities Sweden in Canada

Kes McCormick (program coordinator for Sharing Cities Sweden) is spending an extended time as a visiting fellow at the University of Waterloo. He is collaborating with colleagues in Canada on the role of small and medium enterprises in sustainable transformations including the sharing economy. He presented the ambitions and emerging impacts of Sharing Cities Sweden at the Department of Environment and Planning.

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Building up to the Sharing Cities Summit

Kes McCormick was interviewed by Neal Gorenflo at Shareable about the fast-approaching Sharing Cities Summit. Shareable is an award-winning non-profit news, action and connection hub for the sharing transformation. The interview covered both the background and ambitions of Sharing Cities Sweden and the planning for the Sharing Cities Summit with a focus on connecting the sustainable development goals with sharing cities. The main message was “sharing cities must engage with the sustainable development goals to become a driving force for positive and sustainable change that is connected with a global agenda.”

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Sharing City Umeå - Sharing Pavilion 

The sharing pavilion is under construction at the university area in Umeå! It will be an arena for sharing activities, work space and knowledge sharing. It will be an example of how new urban infrastructure can open up possibilities for new sharing interactions between people and can also experiment with a new local economy.

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International Workshop on the Sharing Economy

Sharing Cities Sweden is participating in the International Workshop on the Sharing Economy on 28-29 June 2019 through presentations and participation by Tove Lund, Charlie Gullström and Yuliya Voytenko. The event is a meeting place for researchers and practitioners working with the sharing economy in Europe and around the world.


Global Sharing Week

To celebrate the Global Sharing Week that runs from 16-22 June 2019, Sharing Cities Sweden is highlighting a selection of key outputs and up-coming events, including the recent completion of the report on Sharing Towns focusing on the relationship between the sharing economy and small towns; the mobile research lab in Gothenburg that explores a range of sharing services; and the Sharing Cities Summit on 10-11 October 2019 in Malmö and Lund.

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Presentations at Australian Universities

Kes McCormick, the program coordinator for Sharing Cities Sweden, has presented the national program at two Australian Universities in June 2019 – the Centre for Urban Transitions at Swinburne University of Technology and the Monash Sustainable Development Institute at Monash University. The presentations focused on the ambitions of Sharing Cities Sweden, the emerging findings on the sharing economy in cities, and the relationship between sharing cities and the sustainable development goals.

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Collaboration with American Students

For three weeks in May 2019 a group of engineering students from the University of Virginia collaborated with Lund University. The purpose of the collaboration was to work with Malmö Stad and Godsinlösen on improving their sharing solutions. The work focused on Smarta Kartan in Malmö Stad and the future car pool in Sege Park.

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Podcast on Scooters, Sharing and Sustainability

In this podcast, launched in May 2019, there is a discussion on the sharing economy from a broad perspective, before elaborating on business models in the sharing economy, as well as discussing the possibilities and problems that come with sharing schemes. Nancy Bocken (who leads a strategic project for Sharing Cities Sweden on business models) is interviewed as well as representatives from the cities of Malmö, Gothenburg and Stockholm, who share some insights about sharing cities. Check out this podcast!

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Sharing City Malmö - Exhibition on Sharing Economy

NIMBY (Not In My Backyard) is an exhibition on the sharing economy inside the framework of Sharing Cities Sweden running from March-May 2019 in Malmö at the Form Design Centre. Through illustrations, animations and objects, the exhibition explores how the sharing economy aims to use resources more smartly and more efficiently.

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Sharing City Umeå - Award Nomination

Cykelstället in Umeå has been nominated to an award as “Samhällsbyggare”. The prize is awarded in May 2019. Cykelstället is a place where there is a bicycle garage, bicycle parking under cover and a service station to wash bikes and carry out simple repairs. As well as a play area for children


French–Swedish Conference on Smart and Sustainable Cities

On 9 April 2019, Charlie Gullström (Stockholm test-bed coordinator) presented Sharing Cities Sweden at a conference on smart and sustainable cities for increased French-Swedish collaboration. The theme of smart cities was selected as a key pillar of the French-Swedish Partnership for Innovation and Green Solutions. The activities and ambitions of test-beds in Sharing Cities Sweden was presented. 

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Study Tour #5 - Malmö @ Sege Park

Sharing City Malmö organised a study tour in Sege Park on 9 April 2019. The purpose of the study tour was to see how the principles of the sharing economy are being integrated into the design and development of buildings and infrastructure in Sege Park. The visit was focused on building 14 as a sharing hub for Sege Park.

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Evaluations Workshop #6 - Sharing Cities Sweden

An evaluations workshop for Sharing Cities Sweden was organised in Lund on 8 April 2019. The purpose of the event was to explore business models and the sharing economy in cities. Current and possible future business models were mapped through the ecology of business models framework. Synergies between test-beds and data availability were discussed.

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Sharing Cities Seminar on Business and Behaviour

On 8 april 2019, Sharing Cities Sweden organized a seminar as part of Sustainability Week at Lund University on the sharing economy in cities focusing on learning about business models and behavioural economics. Over 80 people attended the event from academia, municipalities and business. 

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Sharing Cities Sweden - Synthesis Report

In April 2019, Sharing Cities Sweden published a synthesis report entitled Sharing Cities: Exploring the Emerging Landscape of the Sharing Economy in Cities. It captures the lessons learned and ambitious goals of the test-beds in Stockholm, Malmö, Umeå and Göteborg. The document contains articles on the journeys of the test-beds, a discussion of designing test-beds as urban living labs, insights into governing sharing cities, and an overview of strategic thinking on sharing cities.

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Sharing City Göteborg - Launching Smarta Kartan 2.0

The sharing economy is here to stay and more and more people are discovering the benefits of renting, sharing, exchanging, borrowing and giving. In connection with the release of an updated version of Smarta Kartan, all residents of Gothenburg are invited to a launch event on 4 April 2019 in order to test the new Smarta Kartan 2.0 together.


Interview with Program Coordinator

The program coordinator for Sharing Cities Sweden, Kes McCormick, was interviewed for the Nordic Report. He talked about the place and role of the Nordic countries in greening the economy and the advancing sharing economy. The interview was published in March 2019.

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Study Tour #4 - Umeå

Sharing City Gothenburg organised a study tour in Umeå on 6 March 2019. The purpose of the study tour was to learn about the sharing economy activities in Umeå with a visit to FabLab Umeå – an open workshop with a range of digital manufacturing and prototyping tools.

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Evaluations Workshop #5 - Sharing Cities Sweden

An evaluations workshop for Sharing Cities Sweden was organised in Umeå on 7 March 2019. The purpose of the event was to identify synergies and opportunities between the test-beds in Sharing Cities Sweden and strategic projects on sharing business models, sharing behaviour, sharing digital platforms, sharing towns and sharing communities.

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Cooperative Cities Conference

On 7-8 March 2019, a conference on the theme "the city as a jointly owned sharing platform" was organized in Umeå. The purpose was to "explore cooperative digital platforms with a focus on sustainability in all dimensions". Among the speakers at the Cooperative Cities Conference were representatives of Swedish cities and organisations as well as various types of cooperative platforms. Through the conference a new meeting place was created to share knowledge of digital infrastructure that is crucial for promoting sustainable lifestyles.

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Sharing City Malmö - Award Nomination

Sege Park in Malmö has been nominated to the Plan Award 2018. The prize is awarded in March 2019. Sege Park is a development area that is a platform for urban innovation and a meeting point for creating sustainable cities and the developing the sharing economy.

National Working Group on Service and Mobility Hubs

In February 2019, a report that compiles examples and knowledge on service and mobility hubs has been published. The report provides a valuable basis for discussion, learning and improved understanding of the possibilities and challenges for designing and developing service and mobility hubs in Sweden. A national working group has been established to further collaborations on the topic. 

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Governing Sharing Cities

A new report on governing the sharing economy in cities has been published by Sharing Cities Sweden in January 2019. The report investigates both Malmö and Gothenburg, and presents a framework for understanding the role of municipalities in governing sharing cities. The report has been based on extensive case study research and interviews.