The Political Economy of Short-Term Rental Housing: Activist and Academic Perspectives

Type: Panel
Theme: Public Engagement in Geography
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Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 5:00 PM
Room: Napoleon A2, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
Organizers: John Stehlin, Breonne DeDecker
Chairs: John Stehlin


Short-term rentals (STRs) like Airbnb are part of a suite of technologies of platform capitalism that are transforming cities across the globe. This panel opens a dialogue between academics and activists on the STR phenomenon and its effects on urban housing, travel, and social life. Panelists will address: the relationships between STRs, housing speculation, and gentrification processes; comparative perspectives on STR impacts; alternative forms of space-sharing and commoning; and prospects for and models of STR regulation. Our goal is to provoke a lively conversation between practitioners and researchers on strategies for reclaiming urban space as a commons, and to promote further collaboration and public engagement.


Type Details Minutes
Introduction John Stehlin University of California, Berkeley 5
Panelist Anna Kim 20
Panelist Breonne DeDecker JPNSI 20
Panelist Nancy Holman London School of Economics 20
Panelist Roy Samaan Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy 20
Discussant David Wachsmuth McGill University 15

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