Fare sharing: interrogating the nexus of ICT, urban food sharing, and sustainability

Published by SHARECITY on the 15th February 2018.


Sharing economies are being identified across diverse territories, including the food sector, as potential means to enact urban sustainability transitions. Within these developments ICT (information and communication technologies) are seen as a crucial enabler of sharing, stretching the spaces over which sharing can take place. However, there has been little explicit conceptual or empirical attention to these developments within the broad landscape of food sharing. In response, this paper provides the first macro-geographical analysis of urban food sharing mediated by ICT. Focusing on individual food-sharing initiatives drawn from a scoping database of 468 urban areas and ninety-one countries, this analysis reveals a variegated geography of food sharing in terms of location, what is being shared and the mode of food sharing adopted. Also documented is the extent to which these initiatives articulate sustainability claims and provide evidence to substantiate them. In conclusion, the paper reflects on the work that such a scoping database can do in relation to wider challenges of transforming urban food systems.

Please cite this article as:

Davies, Anna R., and Robert Legg. “Fare sharing: interrogating the nexus of ICT, urban food sharing, and sustainability.” Food, Culture & Society 21.2 (2018): 233-254. https://doi.org/10.1080/15528014.2018.1427924

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