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Dr. Darren Sharp is a Research Fellow at the Monash Sustainable Development Institute. Darren is a sustainability transitions researcher interested in urban experimentation, grassroots innovation and the sharing economy.

His work is situated at the intersection of transitions management, design for social innovation and community economies thinking, with a particular interest in collaborative governance of urban transition arenas.

His doctoral thesis in Humanities, completed at Curtin University, draws on action research of a living lab in Melbourne and multiple case studies to develop an agency-centred analysis of urban experimentation. Darren’s research speaks to the possibilities of social learning, institutional arrangements, and new urban imaginaries to drive the transformation of cities towards sustainability.

Darren is taking these insights into his role as Chief Investigator of the Water-Energy-Food Nexus project and Research Coordinator of the Net Zero Precincts program.

Darren is also the founding Director of Social Surplus, the Australian editor of Shareable, 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. 

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Research Output

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

Sharing cities: new urban imaginaries for diverse economies

Sharp, D., 2020, The Handbook of Diverse Economies. Gibson-Graham, J. K. & Dombroski, K. (eds.). 1st ed. Cheltenham UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, p. 262-269 8 p.

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

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

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
4 Citations (Scopus)