The main purpose of this report is to develop policy recommendations and discuss possible scenarios of urban governance of the platform economy that could take into account their interplay with the urban digital ecosystem and the ongoing processes of digital innovation and transformation on urban socio-economic structures.

We analysed examples, cases and best practices of policies where urban authorities and urban socio-economic actors are engaged in local governance initiatives aimed at mitigating the negative impacts of the platform economy on labour and, more generally, on urban life, and at maximizing the potential generation of public value.

The analysis aims to identify the contextual conditions and independent variables that enabled innovative urban governance policies and to explore possible paths for their dissemination and adaptation in other urban contexts.

The scope of this report component is not strictly focused on the direct regulation of the four platforms researched by PLUS (Airbnb, Deliveroo, Helpling, Uber), nor on the regulation of labour conditions under these platforms. Indeed, D 3.4 aims to explore in a more flexible manner urban policy areas that can have a direct impact on reference industries for these four platforms (i.e., tourism, delivery, transportation, cleaning services etc.), as well as cross-cutting urban policies aimed to promote digital innovation and transformation (e.g., data management policies, open access policies, open innovation initiatives, etc.).

 

Keywords: Policy recommendations, urban governance, platform economy, cases and best practices, regulatory frameworks, urban public sphere, urban technological agency.

Date: July 18, 2021.

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