6th International Workshop on the Sharing Economy

Call for contributions

Please note that deadline for the call for contributions has passed. It is no longer possible to submit your contribution.

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:

Trust and cooperation
Inequality and discrimination
Regulation and policy responses
Business strategies and models
Environmental impact
Social and economic impact
Legal issues
Geographical aspects
Surveillance and privacy
User experiences and motivations

The conference is open to theoretical, empirical and policy papers, and to any methodology.


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 by e-mail to iwse@uu.nl. The deadline is March 15, 2019


Download the PDF version of the Call for contributions here.