7th International Workshop on the Sharing Economy

Barcelona, Spain



Please note that the 7th IWSE in Barcelona has been rescheduled to 24th-26th February 2021, due to the global situation surrounding the COVID-19 virus. Please see below for details of the rescheduled submission process and new information. New deadline for Abstract submission is 30th September 2020.

The sharing economy is arguably coming of age. As well as becoming an increasingly consolidated phenomenon in itself, research on the topic also represents an increasingly consolidated knowledge base. This ever-dynamic field, however, is still faced with a number of conceptual, methodological and empirical challenges that are increasingly complex and are perpetually shifting.

In this spirit, we are pleased to launch this call for papers for the seventh International Workshop on the Sharing Economy (IWSE), organised by the Faculty of Economics and Business of the Open University of Catalonia (UOC). Indeed, the lifecycle of the IWSE event is in itself a testament to this increasingly consolidated research trajectory on the Sharing Economy, following successful editions in Utrecht (2015; 2019), Paris (2016), Southampton (2016), Lund (2017) and Mannheim (2018).

The city of Barcelona represents an ideal backdrop for this seventh edition of the IWSE, providing an interesting local context for reflecting upon recent developments in  sharing economy research as the platform era enters the 2020s. As well as being a major hub for a wide range of platform-based initiatives and collaborative consumption experiences in recent years, Barcelona also has a long and lively tradition of cooperativism; a movement which is arguably still strong in the city.

Keynote speakers

Professor Oksana Mont, Lund University

Dr Lizzie Richardson, University of Sheffield

Dr Mayo Fuster Morell, Open University of Catalonia (UOC)


We invite contributions on (but not limited to) the following themes:

  • Data issues
  • Democracy and platform governance
  • Environmental impacts
  • Gender and class issues
  • Geographical comparative approaches
  • Inequalities and discrimination
  • Inherent conflicts and tensions in the platform era
  • Labour and digital transformation
  • Legal issues
  • New technological solutions favouring fairness and social justice
  • Platform business strategies and models
  • Procommons and community-oriented initiatives
  • Regulatory and policy responses
  • Sectoral analyses
  • Sharing cultures
  • Sharing economy and the global South
  • Social and economic impacts
  • Trust and cooperation
  • User experiences and behaviour

Theoretical, empirical and policy contributions focused on different actors,agents and scales of analysis are welcome. Multidisciplinary, longitudinal, comparative and multi / mixed method approaches are particularly encouraged.

There will also be a special track on the commons-oriented sharing economy, organised by the Dimmons Research Group (IN3-UOC). Recent research has been identifying the different characteristics of such a model, in terms of business and governance model, knowledge and technological policies, sustainability and social impact. Special attention will be given to proposals related to platform and open cooperativism, public policies to foster it and what being a feminist platform entails. Following the event, an edited publication will be considered, depending on the contributions received.

* Given the current situation concerning the COVID-19 virus worldwide, we are postponing the event until late February 2021 - please accept our sincere apologies for the inconvenience.  More information on how to maintain your current abstract submission or send a new one will be available shortly, with a new deadline of 30th September 2020.

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The 7th International Workshop on Sharing Economy (IWSE) will be hosted in Barcelona by the Faculty of Economics and Business Studies of the Open University of Catalonia (UOC), in collaboration with the Dimmons Research Group (IN3-UOC)