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Organizado por Faculty of Economics and Business, Open University of Catalonia UOC (in collaboration with the Dimmons research group)

Sharing Cultures: 7th International Workshop on the Sharing Economy, Barcelona

  • Fechas:

    Del 24/02/21 al 26/02/21

  • Lugar:

    Carrer del Rosselló, 515 / Passeig de Sant Joan 108, Barcelona, Barcelona, España (mapa)

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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. The situation in Catalonia at present is such that the workshop will now be held as a virtual event. 


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)

Dr Igor Calzada, University of Oxford



The workshop will include 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

Presentations will comprise theoretical, empirical and policy contributions focused on different actors,agents and scales of analysis, based on multidisciplinary, longitudinal, comparative and multi / mixed method approaches.

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.


For any futher information, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us! ( iwse@uoc.edu )




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).



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Provisional Programme - subject to revisions.


Wednesday 24th February 2021 


Keynote address, Professor Oksana Mont, Lund University 

Parallel sessions 1a / 1b

Parallel sessions 2a / 2b

Keynote address, Dr Igor Calzada, University of Oxford

Thursday 25th February 2021 

Parallel sessions 3a / 3b

Keynote address, Dr Lizzie Richardson, Goethe University

Parallel sessions 4a / 4b

Parallel sessions 5a / 5b

Parallel sessions 6a / 6b


Friday 26th February 2021 

Keynote address, Dr Mayo Fuster Morell, Open University of Catalonia UOC

Parallel sessions 7a / 7b (including special track Dimmons)

Parallel sessions 8a / 8b

Panel debate

Closing session


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Keynote speakers


Professor Oksana Mont, Lund University

Dr Lizzie Richardson, Goethe University

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

Dr Igor Calzada, University of Oxford


Panel session participants: to be confirmed.

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