Understanding how and why people consume, and the nature of relationships they develop with the products they acquire and use, has a long lineage within social science disciplines. Social sharing of food products, through analyses of cooperative, gifting or lending behaviour has been documented from hunter-gatherer societies to the present as a mechanism through which sustenance has been secured, shelter constructed and familial and friendship relations cemented. While the cultural diversity and evolutionary dynamism of food sharing amongst friends and family is well-documented, modern information and communication technologies are stretching sharing into new spaces. However, little is known about these neo-food sharing practices and their impacts.

SHARECITY will lead the development of frameworks for analysing this neo-food sharing activities in cities. It will analyse what is being shared, the territories over which sharing takes place and the modes of exchange used to share food. These frameworks were presented at the American Association of Geographers Annual Conference in Chicago in April 2015 as part of the ‘Consuming the Anthropocene’ Session and at the 1st International Sharing Workshop held at the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University, The Netherlands in June 2015.

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