Special Issue "Sharing for Caring: On the Role of Collaborative Economy in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 June 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Gustavo Morales-Alonso
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Guest Editor
ETSI Industriales, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, 2. 28006, Madrid, Spain
Interests: business model innovation; organizational design; externalities of the collaborative economy; informal finance sources; sustainability
Dr. Ruth Carrasco-Gallego
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Guest Editor
ETSI Industriales, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, 2. 28006, Madrid, Spain
Interests: sustainable supply chains; circular design of products, services and business models; vertical integration strategies; partnerships for SDGs; sustainability

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue will comprise a selection of papers dealing with how digitalization and the advances in information technology can lead to the development of innovative business models under the umbrella of the sharing or collaborative economy, focusing on their potential impact (positive or negative) from social, environmental, and economic perspectives.

We are particularly interested in research papers addressing how sharing, collaborating, merging, or establishing alliances (with B2B, B2C, and P2P perspectives) can lead to new business proposals in which services are provided with no transfer of ownership, granting temporary access, redistributing material goods, or serviticizing business models as well as their interlink with a cleaner, fairer, and more sustainable world, leaving no one behind.

Covered topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • The innovation nature of the sharing economy in terms of institutional, technical, and societal changes;
  • New collaborative and sharing business models and their interlink with sustainability;
  • Product–service strategies for manufacturers, with which better economic, social, or environmental results are achieved;
  • Development of sustainable supply chains supported by innovative information systems;
  • Alliances between companies or between companies, public sector, and/or civil society (cross-sector partnerships) leading to new, more sustainable relations based on collaboration;
  • Vertical integration of companies that allow for shorter, more effective supply chains;
  • Transportation studies, with a particular focus on car and bike sharing, pooling of reusable transportation items, and electric mobility systems for public or private transportation;
  • Decentralized systems for renewable energy generation in which prosumers (former consumers who become producers) feed the grid in many more locations, favoring the internet of energy;
  • Policy issues regarding employment and taxing for rider-hailing companies;
  • Informal sources of crowd-based finance as a fairer, more effective and inclusive wealth distribution lever;
  • Challenges for the accommodation and tourism traditional sector and the impact on cultural heritage with the rise of the collaborative economy, with both a marketing and employment focus;
  • Consumer behavior in the sharing economy with a gender perspective view;
  • Externalities of the sharing economy, regarding the effect on the loss of traditional employment due to the increase of on-demand work offers, as well as the effect on real estate pricing and long-term rental prices;
  • Proposals for circular economy business models and their effect on sustainability.

Envisioned contributions include original research, review papers, and conceptual and empirical (including case studies and action research) papers that use qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methodologies.

Papers submitted to this Special Issue will be subject to a rigorous peer review procedure with the aim of rapid and wide dissemination of research results, developments, and applications.

Dr. Gustavo Morales-Alonso
Dr. Ruth Carrasco-Gallego
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • sharing economy
  • sustainability
  • policy issues
  • business model innovation
  • servitization
  • alliances
  • car sharing
  • electric mobility
  • internet of energy
  • crowdfunding
  • Airbnb
  • Uber
  • Deliveroo
  • gender studies
  • externalities
  • circular economy

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Planned Paper 1

Effects on the Decent Work SDG  due to the touristification triggered by holiday accommodation platforms

Gonzalo Coello-Vilarino, Gustavo Morales-Alonso and Ruth Carrasco-Gallego

Department of Industrial Engineering, Business Administration and Statistics, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, C/José Gutiérrez Abascal, 2, 2006 Madrid, Spain

Abstract:The rise of the Sharing Economy has made easier to match the high demand for holiday accommodation with the offer of private apartments. However, accommodation platforms such as Airbnb are not exempt from creating negative externalities. In this research, authors focus on the effect on employment. New work relations arise from platforms, both as particular or professional activities. Employment level in the tourism sector, especially low-skilled, is affected by the substitution of regulated offer for app-driven services. Demand of instant and easy access influences an increasing trend towards flexibilization of the labor market and the rise of self-work. Results confirm previous studies on how digital platforms represent an alternative to middle and low-range accommodation offer, putting its workforce at risk

Planned Paper 2

Sustainable Entrepreneurship in the 2030 Horizon

Fernando Crecente, Maria Sarabia and M. Teresa del Val

Department of Economics and Business Organization

University of Alcalá -SPAIN

Abstract: This paper analyzes the relationship between entrepreneurship and sustainability following the worldwide reference of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework set by the United Nations. Nowadays, these SDGs are the inspiration for many types of entrepreneurship that combine value creation with conservation and social protection. Authors such as Schaper (2016), which defines the concept of eco-entrepreneur or Belz & Binder (2017), that define sustainable entrepreneurship as a model of economic and social growth study a new age of entrepreneurial behaviors (Ploum, Blok, Lans, & Omta, 2018; Muñoz, & Cohen, 2018; Espina, Phan, & Markman, 2018). The aim of this paper is to advance in five new forms of entrepreneurship aimed at the care and protection of people and their environments: 1) Circular entrepreneurship, identifying organic (on health and well-being), green (action for climate and ecosystems) and blue (clean water and underwater life); 2) inclusive entrepreneurship, defining business project focus on the promotion of equality and social justice though education; 4) female entrepreneurship; and 5) smart entrepreneurship 4.0.


Belz, F. M., & Binder, J. K. (2017). Sustainable entrepreneurship: A convergent process model. Business Strategy and the Environment, 26(1), 1-17.

Espina, M. I., Phan, P. H., & Markman, G. D. (Eds.). (2018). Social Innovation and Sustainable Entrepreneurship. Edward Elgar Publishing.

Muñoz, P., & Cohen, B. (2018). Sustainable entrepreneurship research: Taking stock and looking ahead. Business Strategy and the Environment, 27(3), 300-322.

Ploum, L., Blok, V., Lans, T., & Omta, O. (2018). Toward a validated competence framework for sustainable entrepreneurship. Organization & environment, 31(2), 113-132.

Schaper, M. (Ed.). (2016). Making ecopreneurs: Developing sustainable entrepreneurship. CRC Press.


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