P2P accommodation research projects

The rapid growth of peer-to-peer accommodation (e.g. Xiaozhu.com and Airbnb), with its distinct operation model, not only offers an alternative accommodation experience to its users but also challenges the theories and practices developed from the conventional accommodation industry. With a group of scholars from a variety of backgrounds, including marketing, sociology, environmental engineering and computer science, there are a number of ongoing research projects that examine various aspects of peer-to-peer accommodation across various geographical locations from its user experience and satisfaction to carbon footprints and ideological struggles. We welcome the input of anyone who has genuine interest in the P2P phenomenon.  Details of each project are listed below. Please feel free to contact me: mingming.cheng@otago.ac.nz


Airbnb users’ experience
Dr Xin Jin, Griffith University, Australia

Kaikun Ma, Dr Jie Wang, Associate Professor Yunxia Zhu, University of Queensland, Australia

Discrimination with Airbnb
Associate Professor Carmel Foley, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Dr Yao-tai Li, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, China

Airbnb’s economic, social-cultural, environmental and political impacts

Dr Susan Houge Mackenzie, University of Otago

Airbnb’s carbon footprints
Dr Guangwu Chen, University of New South Wales, Australia
Airbnb host’s strategies


Selected Publications:

  • Cheng, M., & Jin, X. (2018). What do Airbnb users care about? An analysis of online review commentsInternational Journal of Hospitality Management(SSCI) (ABDC: A*)
  • Cheng, M., & Foley, C. (2018).  The sharing economy and digital discrimination: the case of AirbnbInternational Journal of Hospitality Management 10.1016/j.ijhm.2017.11.002 (SSCI)   (ABDC: A*)
  • Cheng, M., & Edwards, D. (2017). A comparative automated content analysis approach on the review of the sharing economy discourse in tourism and hospitality. Current Issues in Tourism. doi:10.1080/13683500.2017.1361908 (SSCI) (ABDC: A)
  • Cheng, M. (2016). Sharing economy: A review and agenda for future research. International Journal of Hospitality Management, 57, 60-70. (SSCI) (ABDC: A*)
  • Cheng, M. 2016. Current sharing economy media discourse in tourism. Annals of Tourism Research, 60, 111-114. (SSCI) (ABDC: A*)


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