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Darren Sharp is a Research Fellow at Monash Monash University Sustainable Development Institute where he is Research Coordinator for the Net Zero Precincts program and Chief Investigator for the Water-Energy-Food Nexus project. Darren is a sharing economy consultant and urban transitions researcher and as founding Director of Social Surplus has worked with grassroots innovators and public sector partners to develop community empowerment strategies, collaborative governance experiments and facilitate capacity-building using strength-based and design-led approaches.

Darren is also the Australian editor of Shareable, Melbourne coordinator of the Sharing Cities Network and co-authored the book Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons which contains 137 case studies and policies that showcases how city residents around the world are using commons-based strategies to meet their needs in housing, food, transportation, work and energy.

Darren helped establish and run Livewell Yarra, an urban living lab in Melbourne and recently completed his PhD at Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute where he undertook action research on transformative urban experimentation for sustainability transitions funded by the CRC for Low Carbon Living. His recent academic publications appear in Sustainability and Urban Policy and Research.

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Projects 2019 2020

Research Output 2015 2019

  • 3 Article
  • 1 Chapter (Book)
  • 1 Conference Paper

Engaging local communities

Salter, R., Merson, J., Rauland, V., Odell, P. & Sharp, D., 2019, Decarbonising the Built Environment: Charting the Transition . Newton, P., Prasad, D., Sproul, A. & White, S. (eds.). 1st ed. Singapore Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 489-504 16 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Design experiments and co-governance for city transitions: vision mapping

Sharp, D. & Ramos, J., Jan 2018, In : Journal of Peer Production. 11

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
3 Citations (Scopus)

Sharing Cities for urban transformation: narrative, policy and practice

Sharp, D., 2 Oct 2018, In : Urban Policy and Research. 36, 4, p. 513-526 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

3 Citations (Scopus)

Direct impacts of an urban living lab from the participants' perspective: Livewell Yarra

Sharp, D. & Salter, R., 22 Sep 2017, In : Sustainability. 9, 10, 15 p., 1699.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Asset mapping and social innovation for low carbon communities

Sharp, D., 2015, Proceedings of Making Cities Liveable Conference 2015. Drayton, P., Miller, C., Potoczky, K., Veerman, L., Sugg, P. & Wilmot, K. (eds.). Nerang QLD Australia: Association for Sustainability in Business Incorporated, p. 153-172 20 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference PaperOtherpeer-review

Open Access