The Future of Airbnb and the ‘Sharing Economy’. The Collaborative Consumption of our Cities

Bristol: Channelview, 2019. Order here:

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Book review: Pascal Scherrer, Journal of Tourism Futures: “What a great little book! This book is a must-read for any researcher, policy maker and eligible voter.”

Description:: This book deconstructs the ‘sharing’ marketing narratives surrounding Airbnb and similar platforms. It provides a conceptual analysis of the ‘sharing economy’ and accommodation sector and furthers the ongoing discussion surrounding Airbnb and the social sustainability of city tourism. The volume analyses the touristification of neighbourhoods in the context of broader economic and ideological shifts, thus bridging the gap between academic and social debate. It presents four different city scenarios of potential future developments and evaluates the effects of different regulatory responses, giving readers an understanding of the forces and factors at work and envisioning the ultimate consequences of current developments. The book will appeal to students and researchers in tourism and hospitality studies, futures studies and urban planning, as well as to policymakers and strategists in the hospitality and tourism sectors.

This eminent monograph written by Jeroen Oskam constitutes essential reading for everyone interested in obtaining an in-depth and comprehensive view on the phenomenon called Airbnb. It is suitable for both academics and practitioners alike, thus fostering a broad critical debate among all stakeholders on how to best counter an ever-expanding ‘sharing’ economy, which is likely to substantially shape the future of the world’s cities.

Ulrich Gunter, MODUL University Vienna, Austria

This is a must-read book consolidating under one roof practical evidence and research findings that demystify the practice and implications of ‘sharing’ accommodation in urban environments. Apart from providing a holistic reality check of the current situation, the book also identifies and analyses four possible scenarios of the future of shared accommodation. It is a good source of critical debates and information for policymakers, professionals and researchers, but also educators and students.

Marianna Sigala, University of South Australia, Australia