CfP: Short-term rentals as a new urban frontier

Call for papers for session proposal: Short-term rentals as a new urban frontier
AAG 2019: American Association of Geographers‘ Annual Meeting
3-7 April 2019
Washington, USA 

Convenors:
Angela Hof, University of Salzburg, Austria
Ismael Yrigoy, Uppsala University, Sweden

 

Short-term rentals as a new urban frontier

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.

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.

PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR ABSTRACT (250 words) to Angela Hof (angela.hof@sbg.ac.at) or Ismael Yrigoy (ismael.yrigoy@kultgeog.uu.se) BY 31 OCTOBER 2018 so that we can include your abstract in our session organization.

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