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SHARECITY 2016-2021

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Led by Professor Anna Davies, SHARECITY is funded by the European Research Council and uses innovative social science and collaborative research methods to explore the practices and sustainability potential of urban food sharing. The ERC-funded element of the research finished in July 2021, however activities are ongoing around sustainable food sharing futures and the SHARE IT Sustainability Impact Assessment toolkit into 2022.

The project involved a team of international researchers and a high-level advisory panel of global experts committed to exploring novel pathways for more sustainable urban futures.
With the aim to establish the significance and potential of food sharing initiatives to transform urban areas onto more sustainable pathways, SHARECITY was built around four tasks:
Task A: Theory and mapping: Developing the SHARECITY100 Database
Task B: Food sharing practices: In-depth investigation of food sharing initiatives in nine cities
Task C: Sustainability Impact Assessment: Development of the SHARE IT tool
Task D: Sharing Futures: Exploring the future for sustainable urban food sharing
The SHARECITY project developed a deeper theoretical understanding of contemporary food sharing, generated comparative international empirical data about food sharing activities within cities, developed the first co-designed food sharing sustainability toolkit, and explored how urban food sharing might evolve in the future. Conducting such frontier science, SHARECITY opens new research horizons to substantively improve understanding of how, why and to what end people share food within cities in the 21st Century.

Outputs from this project can be accessed through the following links:
SHARECITY- Publications

  • Jackson, P., Rivera Ferre, M.G., Candel, J. et al. (2021) Food as a commodity, human right or common good. Nature Food, 2(3): 132–134.
  • Davies, A.R., Cretella, A., Edwards, F. and Marovelli, B. (2020) The social practices of hosting P2P social dining events: Insights for sustainable tourism. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 1-16. DOI:   
  • Edwards, F. (2020) Overcoming the social stigma of consuming food waste by dining at the Open Table. Agriculture and Human Values, 38(2): 397–409. DOI:
  • Davies, A.R. (2020) Toward a Sustainable Food System for the European Union: Insights from the Social Sciences. One Earth, 3(1), 27–31, DOI:
  • Rut, M., Davies, A.R. and Ng, H. (2020) Participating in food waste transitions: Exploring surplus food redistribution in Singapore through the ecologies of participation framework. Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, 23(1): 34–47. DOI:  
  • Davies, A.R. and Evans, D. (2018) Editorial: Urban food sharing: Emerging geographies of production, consumption and exchange, GeoForum.  
  • Davies, A.R. and Legg, R. (2018) Fare Sharing: Interrogating the nexus of ICT, urban food sharing and sustainability, Food Culture and Society, 21(1).
  • Davies, A.R., Cretella, A, Franck, V. (2019) Food sharing initiatives and food democracy: Practice and policy in three European cities. Politics and Governance 7.4 (2019): 8-20.
  • Davies, A.R., Edwards, F., Marovelli, B., Morrow, O., Rut, M., Weymes, M. (2017) Creative construction: Crafting, negotiating and performing urban food sharing landscapes. Area, 49(4): 510-518.
  • Davies, A.R., Edwards, F., Marovelli, B., Morrow, O., Rut, M., Weymes, M. (2017) Making visible: Interrogating the performance of food sharing across 100 urban areas GeoForum, 86: 136-149.
  • Davies, A.R., Gray, M., Donald, B., Knox-Hayes, J. (2017) Sharing economies: Moving beyond binaries in a digital age, CJRES, 10(2): 209-230.  
  • Edwards, F. and Davies, A.R. (2018) Connective Consumptions: Mapping Melbourne’s Food Sharing Ecosystem. Urban Policy and Research, 1-20.  
  • Mackenzie, S. G., Davies, A. R. (2019): SHARE IT: Co-designing a sustainability impact assessment framework for urban food sharing initiatives. Environmental Impact Assessment Review, Volume 79, 2019, 106300, ISSN 0195-9255,  
  • Marovelli, B. (2018) Cooking and Eating Together in London: Food Sharing Initiatives as Collective Spaces of Encounter, GeoForum.  
  • Morrow, O. (2018) Sharing Food and Risk in Berlin’s Urban Food Commons, GeoForum  
  • Morrow, O. (2019) Community Self-Organizing and the Urban Food Commons in Berlin and New York. Sustainability 11.13 (2019): 3641.  
  • Rut, M. and Davies, A. (2018) Transition without confrontation? Shared food growing niches and sustainable food transitions in Singapore, GeoForum Volume 96, November 2018, Pages 278-28.  
  • Weymes, M. and Davies, A.R. (2018) [Re]Valuing Surplus: Transitions, technologies and tensions in redistributing prepared food in San Francisco. GeoForum.

Special issues

  • Davies, A.R. and Evans, D. (ed.) (2018) Urban Food Sharing: Geographies, practices and disruptions. GeoForum Special Issue.
  • Davies, A.R., Gray, M., Donald, B., Knox-Hayes, J. (2017) Sharing Economies? Theories, Practices and Impacts, Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 10(2): pp. 207-378.


  • Davies, A.R. (2019) Urban Food Sharing. Rules, Tools and Networks. Policy Press: Bristol, 2019 ISBN 1447349865, 9781447349860, 104 pages.

Book chapters

  • Edwards, F. and Espelt, R. (2020) Technology for degrowth: Implementing digital platforms for community supported agriculture. In Nelson, A. and Edwards, F. (Eds.) Food for Degrowth (1st edition). Routledge, London.
  • Davies, A. R. (2020). Food Sharing. In J. Duncan, M. Carolan & J. S. C. Wiskerke (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Sustainable and Regenerative Food Systems (1st edition, pp. 204-317). Taylor & Francis, London.
  • Davies, A.R. (2019) Sharing Economies. In Kobayashi, A. et al (Eds.) The International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, 2nd Edition. Elsevier Science: London.
  • Davies, A.R. (2019) Fare Share: Justice and the mobilities of surplus food redistribution. In Butz et al., (Eds.) Mobilities, Mobility Justice & Social Justice. Routledge, London.
  • Morrow, O. (2018) Imagining Alternative Waste Futures through Community Composting in New York City. In A. Johnson (Ed.) Home Grown: New York City [Steady] State Volume 1. Terreform UR: New York.
  • Rut, M. and Davies, A.R. (2018) Sharing foodscapes: shaping urban foodscapes through messy processes of food sharing. In Plows, A. (Ed.) Messy Ethnographies in Action, Vernon Press: New York.

SHARECITY – Presentations (selected)
Full list of presentations can be found at:

  • Rut, M. and Davies, A. (2021) Food sharing in a pandemic: Urban infrastructures, prefigurative practices and lessons for the future, at the Conference of Irish Geographers (CIG) 2021 (online), 18 May 2021.
  • McGeever, A. (2020): EEEN2020 – SHARE IT: A new tool to estimate, communicate, and improve sustainability impacts of food sharing in cities, Online Presentation, at the ‘EEEN2020: European Environmental Evaluators Network Forum’, Helsinki, Finland, 4 November 2020, presented from Dublin, Ireland (online).
  • Fitzgerald, L. (2020): Futuring Food and Realising Transformative Scenarios: Insights from SHARECITY, Online Presentation, at the Transformative Metrics Conference, Medellín, Colombia, 5 October 2020, presented from Dublin, Ireland (online).
  • Cretella, A. (2019): The rules of food sharing, Policy challenges in urban systems. 2019 Annual International Conference of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS-IGB), 29 August 2019, London, UK. 
  • MacKenzie, S. (2019): SHARE IT: Challenges and opportunities in co-designing a sustainability assessment framework, the 25th International Sustainable Development Research Society Conference 2019, 27 June 2019, Nanjing, China.
  • Franck, V. (2019): Food democracy and urban food sharing governance, City Futures Conference, UCD, Dublin, 22 June 2019, Dublin, Ireland.
  • Davies, A.R. (2018) Reporting as Social Practice. Presented at the Third International Conference of the Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative (SCORAI) 2018 – Copenhagen Business School, Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Morrow, O. (2018) Researching Diverse Food Sharing Presented at the Sociology of Food and Place, Wageningen University and Research 2018, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
  • Marovelli, B. (2017) Food Sharing Activism in London: A preliminary reflection on collaborative participant observation. Presented at Birkbeck, University of London, UK.
  • Edwards, F. (2017) iFood Sharing: Creating Transformative Pathways for Utopian Urban Gastronomy. Presented at Utopian Appetites: 21st Symposium of Australian Gastronomy, Melbourne, Australia. 
  • Rut, M. (2017): Sharing Smartly: Food sharing economies in Singapore. Singapore ETH Centre Future Cities Laboratory and CREATE Centre (National Science Foundation), Singapore.
  • Weymes, M. (2017) Disruptive Technologies? Scaling relational geographies of ICT-mediated surplus food redistribution, Presented at the 18th Conference of the European Roundtable for Sustainable Consumption and Production Society, Skiathos Greece.
  • Davies, A.R. (2016) Territorial and Relational geographies of iFood Sharing. Presented at the AAG, San Francisco, USA.


SHARECITY – Dissertations/Theses

  • Rut, M. I. (2021) ICT mediated food sharing and food transitions towards sustainable food systems in Singapore. Trinity College Dublin, School of Natural Sciences.
  • Dowdall, A. (2017) Food Safety Governance and Food Redistribution: A Multilevel Governance Analysis of Food Safety Policy in Urban ICT-Mediated Food Sharing. MSc dissertation, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.
  • Murphy, B. (2016) Assessing the Sustainability of ICT Enabled Urban Food Sharing in Dublin. MSc. dissertation, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.