For about a decade, the burgeoning “sharing economy” has been capturing the attention of policy makers, scholars and the media alike. Initially viewed as a disruptive innovation promising to deliver a more sustainable, more efficient, and more socially connected society, sharing platforms such as Airbnb, BlaBlaCar and Uber have meanwhile grown from startups into successful multinational companies that attract controversy as much as excitement.
At the same time, a multidisciplinary and lively research field on the sharing economy and collaborative economy has emerged, including economists, sociologists, management- and business scholars, innovation scholars, historians, geographers, and many others. The 6th International Workshop on the Sharing Economy (IWSE) in Utrecht aims to bring together academics and other stakeholders to discuss the latest insights on the sharing economy.
Our event follows on successful editions in Utrecht (2015), Paris (2016), Southampton (2016), Lund (2017) and Mannheim (2018).
We invite contributions on (but not limited to) the following themes:
The conference is open to theoretical, empirical and policy papers, and to any methodology.
Setup of the program
The workshop will start on Friday morning (June 28) and will end on Saturday afternoon (June 29). The workshop will be preceded by a public event on Thursday evening (June 27) in TivoliVredenburg on “Platform economy”, featuring speakers from academia, industry and policy. Confirmed speakers at this event are José van Dijck (Utrecht University) and Sara Green Bodersen (founder of Deemly).
The workshop fee is €100 for all participants, and includes lunches, refreshments, the conference dinner on Friday, and free entrance to the public event on Thursday evening (regular admittance: €12,50).
How to submit
To submit your contribution, send an abstract of between 200 and 400 words describing your topic, research question, methodology and main (tentative) results to firstname.lastname@example.org on March 15 at the latest.