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Inside Airbnb: Exploring the impact of the sharing economy from New York to...

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Hobart Town Hall

50 Elizabeth Street

Hobart, TAS 7000

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Since it was founded in San Francisco in 2008 the home sharing platform Airbnb has emerged as a powerful tech firm worth US$30 billion and a global social and economic phenomenon, connecting millions of property owners with visitors in more than 65,000 cities across 191 countries.

In places like Hobart Airbnb is allowing property owners to boost their income by renting spare rooms and granny flats. However, there is clear evidence that a growing number of entire homes are being converted to Airbnb rentals and the soaring popularity of the service is impacting negatively on rental availability and housing affordability.

Critics of Airbnb say it is changing the nature and liveability of residential neighbourhoods and a crackdown on rentals is emerging in parts of Europe and the US, including Barcelona and New York.

Australian-based New York-dweller Murray Cox is a "data activist" who founded the website Inside Airbnb to analyse Airbnb listings worldwide, revealing the number of beds, rooms and entire homes available in individual cities.

In this public talk Cox will discuss the origins of Inside Airbnb, the role of a data activist, concerns about the Airbnb "gentrification effect" in places like New York and the impact on housing affordability. He will reveal new data for the Hobart market, which shows the dramatic rise of Airbnb listings in Tasmania's capital.

Cox will be in conversation with Dr Kathleen Flanagan, deputy director of the Housing and Community Research Unit (HACRU) and housing policy expert Professor Peter Phibbs from the University of Sydney.

Facilitated by Professor Richard Eccleston from the Institute for the Study of Social Change

This free event is hosted by the Institute for the Study of Social Change.

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