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Creating Smart and Sharing Cities

Series Editors: Julian Agyeman, Tufts University, US and Duncan McLaren, Lancaster University, UK

Cities offer huge potential for sharing – of resources, services, capabilities and experiences - to help address the key environmental and social challenges of the 21st century. Smart technologies could facilitate sharing, but also bring new challenges. 

At the urban intersection of smartness and sharing there is also growing worker insecurity in the gig-economy; losses of affordable housing to space-sharing platforms; and marketing or surveillance abuses in tracking and monitoring technologies. 

This series will bring together critical analysis, case studies, international and trans-disciplinary research, and generate informed theory and practice, so as to help realize the promise of smart sharing for just and sustainable cities. We welcome proposals for both monographs and collected volumes.

Watch Duncan McLaren talk about the series:

Download the series flyer

The series welcomes proposals which:

  • Comprise research monographs or edited collections of between 70-90,000 words.
  • Feature high quality research and insights from leading scholars and practitioners.
  • Engage with the technology, sustainability, ethics or politics of smart sharing
  • Are international, trans-disciplinary, critical and socio-political in orientation.
  • Include illustrations with city-scale examples and case studies.

Desired topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Politics of smart sharing
  • Race, inequality and sharing
  • Activism & protest in smart cities
  • Smart sharing and public services
  • Ethics and rights in smart sharing
  • Social inclusion in smart sharing
  • Sharing, social & solidarity economies in smart cities
  • Circular cities as smart sharing
  • Cyber-security, data privacy in sharing cities
  • Political economy of smart technology
  • Social urbanism
  • The city as commons
  • Smart sharing and urban resilience
  • The sociology of smart technology
  • Sharing governance & public-private partnerships
  • Public participation & co-production in smart cities
  • Recognition and interculturalism in smart sharing


Editorial advisory board

Nimish Biloria, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
Ayona Datta, University College London, UK
Anna Davies, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Kes McCormick, Lund University, Sweden
Corinne Ong Pei Pei, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Call for proposals:

If you would like to submit a proposal, or to discuss ideas, then please contact the series editors:
Julian.Agyeman@tufts.edu or d.mclaren@lancaster.ac.uk