(English version below)
I am looking for people in Lausanne or Hong Kong, or even any cities in the world, who are willing to share with me their experiences and thoughts about coworking spaces. No matter your relation to coworking spaces is a former, current or potential one, I wish to get in touch with you. I also wish to talk to people who have experiences or thoughts about different sharing initiatives in the city, including co-living and car-sharing.
This is because I am conducting a research project about coworking spaces and different sharing initiatives in the city for my doctoral studies at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. The focus of my project lies on the relations between the rise of coworking spaces and the global urban transformation, especially relating to the changing mode of work under the pandemic, and their implications for urban and territorial planning. The opportunity of meeting you is not only an opportunity for me to gather research data, but also an occasion for you to reflect upon your experiences and share your ideas, and together we can imagine and seek the outlook for the city. I also hope that my project can benefit you and the wider community, so I am happy to share with you the research results when they are available.
Depending on your willingness, I would like to
– conduct an interview with you (either face-to-face or online),
– observe what you do in coworking spaces, and/or
– collect other relevant materials from you.
Your participation is voluntary, and research ethics shall always be the most important and prioritised concern of this project. The collected data will be securely kept and handled. For the details, please read the information sheet and the informed consent form. I will also explain them to you when we meet.
My name is Maurice Yip. I am currently a PhD candidate in Geography at the Faculty of Geosciences and Environment at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. My academic work engages in debates in social sciences, particularly geography and urban studies. My research builds upon the shoulders of giants who developed legal geography, theorised territoriality, and studied the Global East.