About the project The sharing economy or collaborative consumption are widely held to offer new ways of provisioning and consuming goods and services that offer significant potential for sustainability. Through the use of digital technologies, new communities or networks of people who use various ‘platforms’ to facilitate the sharing of goods and services are emerging. This project will identify a case study of collaborative consumption or sharing and examine the community of consumers involved. How does the network operate, what are the rules (formal and informal) of membership, how is it experienced, and what is the scope for its development? Potential case studies could include local food networks, local goods and service exchange platforms, child care networks or car sharing.
Why choose this opportunity? You will have the opportunity to investigate and examine an emergent social trend and its capacity for offering alternative forms of consumption. You will work with a leading scholar in sustainable consumption. This project is idea for students interested in new ways of organising production and consumption and the societal benefits that could be derived from them.
About You Students will benefit from undergraduate training in a social science subject.
About the programme The Cabot Institute Masters by Research is a unique opportunity to work with a leading supervisor to deliver a one-year research project that you are passionate about. The programme will bring together exceptional students from all backgrounds with a common mission – protecting the planet and securing our future. As well as learning from your supervisor, you will learn from your fellow students; coming together to share your ideas and developing your problem-solving skills as part of an interdisciplinary team over the year. As well as being hosted within the Cabot Institute you will have a direct relationship within the relevant School for your research area, allowing you to fully take advantage of a wide-ranging research community. Alongside your research project, you will benefit from a unique personal development and transferable skills training schedule. These unaccredited, optional events will give you the opportunity to come together with your peers to improve your research skills and develop an innovative approach to the global challenges we face today. You will also be encouraged to propose your own interests for a seminar series, giving you a unique platform to mould your studies and get involved directly with the programme. The training schedule will focus on: • Interdisciplinarity & Collaboration • Innovation & Enterprise • Making your research a success • Research communications • Ignite your interests (your chance to propose ideas for a seminar series) You will also gain access to the Cabot Institute’s network of experts across academia, government, business and industry via networking events. These opportunities will not only support your research, but give you the edge in your future career, whatever that may be.