Special Issue "The Collaborative Economy in the Age of Digital Disruption"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Javier Jorge-Vázquez
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Guest Editor
Digital Economy& Knowledge and Information Society (DEKIS) Research Group, Catholic University of Ávila, 05005 Ávila, Spain
Interests: digital economy; collaborative economy; CBDC; digital currencies; technological entrepreneurship; digitization of the monetary system; applied economics; regional economies; rural development; depopulation
Prof. Dr. Sergio Luis Náñez Alonso
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Guest Editor
Digital Economy & Knowledge and Information Society (DEKIS) Research Group, Catholic University of Ávila, 05005 Ávila, Spain
Interests: fiscal policy and taxation; CBDC; taxation; digital economy; collaborative economy, tax; redistribution; central bank digital currency
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Prof. Dr. Mª Peana Chivite-Cebolla
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Guest Editor
Digital Economy& Knowledge and Information Society (DEKIS) Research Group, Catholic University of Ávila, 05005 Ávila, Spain
Interests: corporate social responsibility; collaborative economy; common good; digital economy; earning management

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, new technologies have been driving the strengthening of a digital ecosystem. In this context, new disruptive economic models are appearing that question the traditional balances and forms of economic and social organization. The consolidation of a cultural change, especially among the new generations, puts pressure on the transformation of traditional consumption patterns. Increased awareness of environmental sustainability is driving a transition toward more sustainable economic models in which access to assets is prioritized over their ownership.

The recent rapid growth of the collaborative economy in the global economy is evidence of its capacity to generate new employment and wealth opportunities. This new disruptive economic model contributes to boosting entrepreneurship, competitiveness, and innovation. On the other hand, the efficiency and sustainability gains derived from the use of underutilized assets and the greater supply and access to goods and services at a lower price reflect the potential for the development of these business models based on digital platforms.

This Special Issue aims to bring together recent developments in the field of the collaborative economy and the platform economy. These challenges relate to emerging business models that use digital platforms to connect different users and operate in different sectors and include among others:

 - Collaborative transportation: app-based short-distance ride-sharing services, long-distance ride-sharing services, carpooling, car-sharing networks, or parking sharing platforms;

- Collaborative accommodation: home-sharing; peer-to-peer rental platforms; home-swapping platforms or online-only vacation rental platforms;

- Collaborative finance: crowdfunding platforms (rewards-based crowdfunding or equity crowdfunding); lending platforms (peer-to-peer consumer lending or investor to SME lending);

- Collaborative e-learning: shared learning platform, open online courses, P2P education, etc.;

- On-demand household services: crowdsourced delivery networks (generalized “A-to-B” delivery networks or specialized, on-demand delivery services such as grocery delivery services or local restaurant delivery services); on-demand household chores (handyman and general DIY services or Specialized household services);

- On-demand professional services: large online-only freelancer marketplaces or specialized on-demand professional service platforms.

Prof. Dr. Javier Jorge-Vázquez
Prof. Dr. Sergio Luis Náñez Alonso
Prof. Dr. Mª Peana Chivite-Cebolla
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.

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  • Collaborative economy
  • Sharing economy
  • Digitalization
  • New technologies
  • Digital platforms
  • Collaborative platforms
  • Peer economy
  • Platform economy, Collaborative consumption
  • Gig economy
  • on-demand economy
  • Access economy
  • Commoning economy
  • Carsharing
  • Crowdfunding
  • Homesharing
  • Shared learning platforms

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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