Short-term rentals as a new urban frontier

Type: Paper
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Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM (MDT)
Room: Buchanan, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
Organizers: Ismael Yrigoy, Angela Hof
Chairs: Angela Hof

Call for Submissions

We invite papers that critically examine how short-term rentals are impacting on housing, tourism, urban planning practices, local communities, or labor markets in different city contexts. We especially encourage submissions that shed light on broader conceptual discussions about finance and land rents and on empirical methods to assess the impacts of STRs. This paper session aims therefore to gather conceptually and/or empirically informed papers that contribute to fill those research gaps and to better theorize about the aforementioned emerging topics.


The disruptive powers of platform economy and short term rentals have drawn research attention on the changes and challenges to urban planning, urban everyday life and practices and urban political economy in cities. Short-term rentals are said to be contributing, amongst other aspects, to tourism commodification of cities; resident displacement, gentrification, and shifts in urban tourism patterns (Cócola Gant, 2016; Wachsmuth and Weisler, 2018; Spangler, 2018).

Even if emerging literature in critical geography has firmly grounded its claims in Neil Smith´s rent gap and gentrification theories, there are still aspects that so far have received relatively little systematic attention and analysis. We are missing approaches that conceptually relate short term rental platforms (such as Airbnb) to host professionalization, urban financialization, and to new forms of rent-extracting practices in housing. Moreover, innovative and different methods and data sources to approach short-term rentals deserve more attention. Engaging with different quantitative and qualitative techniques may reveal new dimensions of STRs phenomenon and further contribute to connect STRs socio-spatial patterns with multi-scalar urban dynamics and urban political economy.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Zahratu Shabrina*, University College London, Elsa Arcaute, University College London, Michael Batty, University College London, The diversity of dwelling types in locations of Airbnb 20 3:05 PM
Presenter Wesley Roehl*, Temple University, Ideology, Public Policy, and Short-term Rental Housing Regulation 20 3:25 PM
Discussant Dimitri Ioannides Mid-Sweden University 20 3:45 PM

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