Enhancing Diversity, Inclusion and Social Cohesion through Practices of Sharing in Housing and Public Space

The project aims to explore: 1) forms and conditions in which residents of socially mixed neighbourhoods share spaces and resources in housing and public space, and 2) the potential and limits of sharing for bringing diverse populations together. Partners will first exchange results on previous/ongoing research. Then, as a continuation of the StadtTeilen-project, they will conduct participative action research in different neighbourhoods across eight European cities and implement ‘Practices-of-Sharing-Labs’, a form of urban realworld experiments, in which to test different practices of sharing. Results will be circulated to the scientific community, stakeholders, and the general public.

Results and outcomes

The ProSHARE research project investigated conditions where sharing practices take place in socially mixed neighborhoods. As a result, the project identified necessary conditions for facilitating co-production processes between migrant groups, host communities, and stakeholders. It also fostered synergies by leveraging insights from previous research. Furthermore, the project resulted in an EU-wide knowledge base on innovative urban co-production practices.


Common-Ground (WP1). Read the report: ‘Shared Framework: Sharing Knowledge and Practice’ (d.1.1  – WP1). The report brings together results and experiences from previous research and exchanges between the consortium partners.

Transnational Research (WP2). Read the report: ‘Analysis of the Transnational Research’ (d.2.1 – WP2). The report presents the preliminary results of qualitative and quantitative research on non-commercial sharing processes and their underlying conditions in seven European cities.

ProSHARE-Labs (WP3). The ProSHARE-Labs (ULLs) conducted in the framework of the project offered open physical and virtual spaces for interaction and exchange. The Labs took place in four cities, anchored in two already existing civic hubs in Paris and London, a neighbourhood center in Berlin, and an urban initiative in Vienna. Find information about the Labs and their partner organizations in the following reports and links:

Report: ProSHARE-Lab  – Paris & London (d.3.1. – WP3)
The ProSHARE-Lab in Paris collaborated with R-Urban Bagneux as a local partner
Social media: R-Urban Bagneux

The ProSHARE-Lab in London collaborated with R-Urban Poplar as a local partner
Social media: R-Urban Poplar London

Report: ProSHARE-Lab  – Berlin (d.3.2. – WP3)
The ProSHARE-Lab in Berlin collaborated with Kiezanker 36 in Wrangelkiez and Reichenberger Kiez as a local partnerSocial media: Kiezanker 36

Report: ProSHARE-Lab  – Vienna (d.3.3. – WP3)
The ProSHARE-Lab in Vienna collaborated with Garage Grande as a local partner
Social media: garagegrande

Dissemination (WP4). As part of the research project, the article ‘Sharing and Space-Commoning Knowledge Through Urban Living Labs Across Different European Cities’ (d.4.3. – WP4) was published in the Open Access journal ‘Urban Planning.’ The article investigates sharing and space-commoning practices within the developed Urban Living Labs (ULLs).

Among the different dissemination activities undertaken in the project, the ‘Policy Brief’ of the ProSHARE Project  (d. 4. 4. – WP4), offers recommendations for supporting and further developing non-commercial sharing in socially mixed neighborhoods.




Duration: April 2021 –September 2022
Contact: Prof. Dr. Carsten Keller, University of Kassel, Helena Cermeño, University of Kassel
Budget: 307,444 Euros
Partners:Urban and Regional Sociology Research Unit, Institute for Urban Development, University of Kassel; University of Applied Sciences of Berlin (HTW Berlin); KTH School of Architecture, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm; Institute for Housing and Urban Research (IBF), Uppsala University; School of Architecture, University of Sheffield; Institute of Spatial Planning, Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien).





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