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From Sharing to Caring: Examining Socio-Technical Aspects of the Collaborative Economy

Project: Research Collaboration with external organisation

Effective start/end date1/05/1730/04/21


The main objective of this action is to develop a European network of actors (including scholars, practitioners, communities and policy makers) focusing on the development of collaborative economy models and platforms and on social and technological implications of the collaborative economy through a practice-focused approach.

The specific aims of the proposal are:
(i) To develop a deeper understanding of the collaborative economy phenomenon in all its aspects, by studying in-depth the sociotechnical systems and human practices involved, comparing and reflecting upon local, regional, national and international initiatives;
(ii) To discuss and critique elements of the current discourse on the collaborative economy, and proposing a richer definition and characterisation of the phenomenon;
(iii) To formulate a European research agenda for the socio-technical aspects of the collaborative economy, including specifically the design of future technological platforms, the technical infrastructure, their legal, ethical and financial implications;
(iv) To articulate a European research perspective on the collaborative economy, based on EU values of social innovation, and in line with the Europe 2020 strategy objective to become a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy by 2020.

The Action will produce online resources including publications offering a comprehensive view of the current European collaborative economy and socio-technical and policy recommendations for the future.

COST Action Working group 1 : Collaborative Economy Practices and Communities

The objective of WG1 is to systematically analyse practices of digitally-mediated collaborative economies. In particular, the activities depicted will build on in-depth ethnographic studies of selected cases that provide insights on the practices involved and on the forms community aggregates around these practices.

WG1 leaders: Penny Travlou and Airi Lampinen