7th International Workshop on the Sharing Economy:
“Sharing Cultures”
1–3 July 2020
24–26 February 2021
Faculty of Economics and Business, Open University of Catalonia (UOC),
Barcelona, Spain

Deadline (200-400 words abstract):
2 April 2020
30 September 2020

In light of the corona pandemic, the 7th IWSE has been rescheduled to 24–26 February 2021, with a new abstract deadline.

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.

The seventh International Workshop on the Sharing Economy (#IWSE2020), 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.

Important Dates
Deadline for abstract submission: March 15th 2020 [extended to April 2nd]
– Notification of acceptance: April 8th 2020
– Registration deadline: May 8th 2020
– Workshop: July 1st – 3rd 2020

The workshop registration fee is €120 for all participants and includes all workshop sessions, lunches, refreshments and the workshop dinner on Thursday 2nd July 2020. For participants presenting a paper in the special track of the workshop organised by the Dimmons research group on Friday 3rd July 2020 ,a one day registration fee of €50 is available, including participation in the Friday programme, lunch and refreshments on 03/07/2020.

To submit your contribution, send an abstract of between 200 and 400 words outlining your topic, research question / framework, methodology, main findings and 2-3 keywords to [email protected] by March 15th 2020 at the latest.
For venue capacity reasons, there will be a limit on the number of abstracts we are able to accept and as such, priority will be given to those abstracts that are clearly oriented to research finding above those with a more preliminary focus. All abstracts will be double blind reviewed by at least two members of the Scientific Committee.

More info here.