We are now seeking additional abstracts for the forthcoming TGRG-sponsored session at the RGS-IBG AC 2021
**The FINAL deadline is Wednesday 10th March.**
Proposed Session Title:
Coworking spaces: a tool to reduce commuting and enhance well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic
Dr Thérèse Bajada (University of Malta), Dr Bernadine Satariano (University of Malta, Junior College) and Prof. Ilaria Mariotti (DAStU-Politecnico di Milano)
Session Delivery: Virtual
Proposed session abstract:
Over the last decade, there has been a proliferation of new working spaces and specifically coworking spaces (CSs) in which users (coworkers) work alongside other unaffiliated professionals for a fee and exploit dynamic and inspiring milieu for collaboration and knowledge sharing. The COVID-19 pandemic has altered working lifestyles because of social distancing and other health protocols. Indeed, groups of people, worldwide, are still working from home or searching for a safe and healthy workplace. CSs represent a valuable alternative for remote workers because they offer: 1) access to adequate technology, 2) reduced risks of isolation, 3) reduced costs for employees (i.e. by providing access to a cheaper habitat, or by reducing commuting costs), 4) improved job satisfaction and well-being, 5) enhanced work-life balance, by supplying facilities like baby-sitting, 6) reduced need to commute, and encourage active travel (walking and cycling). CSs, are therefore contributing to a change in urban design that incorporates urban and transport planning because they can be combined with the concept of the 15/20 minute city, whereby people do not need to travel long distances to reach their place of work but commute shorter distances, possibly by means of active travel.
This special session refers to the Cost Action CA18214 “The Geography of new working spaces and the impact on the periphery” (http://www.new-working-spaces.eu/; https://www.cost.eu/actions/CA18214), which has created a network of 140 research partners from 33 Countries. The session welcomes abstracts on any theoretically and empirically informed aspects of CSs associated with mobility, work-life balance and wellbeing. The topics invited include but are not restricted to the following:
• What is the role of CSs in changing the way we travel?
• How can CSs contribute to improving work-life balance and wellbeing in urban contexts?
• To what extent can CSs be related to policy packages to engage in sustainable community behaviour?
• What are the effects of CSs on the economy (keeping in mind the circular economy)?
• How can CSs contribute to the 15-/20-minute city policy concept?
We are developing a proposal for the Journal Research in Transportation Business and Management (RTBM) for a special issue associated with this session.
Abstracts of 200 words including a title, and the names, affiliations and email addresses of all authors should be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to receiving your abstract.
Therese, Bernadine and Ilaria.