The Sharing Economy Research Network is intended to discuss opportunities for cooperation between private and public institutions doing research on the collaborative economy (i.e. “sharing economy”, collaborative consumption or production or finance or learning or governance). It enables researchers who investigate how society is transformed through diverse sharing practices, using technology to organise as networks of peers, and collaborate in more open and horizontal ways. A diversity of disciplinary approaches is represented, typical of such new and complex phenomena: e.g., economics, marketing, computer science, geography, cultural studies, sociology, philosophy, psychology, organisational studies, management, finance, open innovation, Internet law, public administration, urbanism and planning, among others.

The network was formed in 2015 by Ouishare to map out current research in the collaborative economy. Since the 1st OSR workshop, several seminars and workshops have taken place in different locations (see Previous OSR Events).

The role of research in the sharing economy is only increasing. There is a strong interest in the academic rigour for research methods and analyses, while considering the relevance of “practitioners” problems and contemporary issues. This network helps its members to represent the research community to glo-cal stakeholders (grassroots, governmental or business organisations, etc.) and collaborate for access to data, research funding, writing reports, sharing case studies and so on.

Stay tuned for future workshops and check out how to network with your other collaborative economy researchers!