Monday 19 November 2018 – The Collaborative Economy Symposium @ SHU

Professor Luigina Ciolfi will chair a workshop at the forthcoming Collaborative Economy Symposium hosted by Sheffield Hallam University on 19 November 2018.

The terms “Sharing Economy” or “Collaborative Economy” have been commonly used in recent years to refer to a proliferation of initiatives, business models and forms of work. The COST Action “Sharing and Caring” ( ) (2017-2021) is working 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 its implications on society and technology.

The COST Action provides opportunities for working and collaboration on this topic across 31 countries.  This one-day Symposium will bring together interested participants to hear about current research on the topic of the collaborative economy and its implications and to discuss possible joint initiatives and projects. Presentations will take place in the morning and discussions in small thematic groups will follow in the afternoon.

The workshop will be chaired by Prof Luigina Ciolfi (SHU), UK representative on the Action’s Management Committee and Chair for Short-Term Scientific Missions.

Hubs, Paternoster Row

Hubs, Paternoster Row


The event will feature two invited keynote speakers:

Dr Gabriela Avram (University of Limerick, Ireland), Chair of the “Sharing And Caring” COST Action

Dr Clara Crivellaro (Newcastle University), Principal Investigator of the EPSRC Network+ Social Justice Through the Digital Economy

The venue (The Hubs, Sheffield Hallam University Students Union) is part of SHU’s City Campus, close to Sheffield train station and city centre car parks.



09:00 Registration and Welcome by Prof Luigina Ciolfi (SHU)
09:30 Keynote Presentation: Dr Gabriela Avram (University of Limerick, Ireland): Collaborative Economy narratives – between digital social innovation and sharewashing

10:00 Break

10:30 Keynote Presentation: Dr Clara Crivellaro (Newcastle University): Not-Equal: a model for democratizing innovation through collaborative commissioning of research

11:00 Presentations on current SHU research:

  • Dr Joe Langley (LabForLiving, Art and Design Research Centre) “Caring and Sharing Economies in the Healthcare Sector”
  • Prof Rory Ridley-Duff (Sheffield Business School) “Multi-stakeholder cooperatives in the sharing economy: four early adoptions of the FairShares Model”
  • Prof Luigina Ciolfi (Communication and Computing Research Centre) “Community-led ‘sharing and caring’ culture and heritage initiatives”

12:30 Lunch

13:30 Small Group Discussions, ideas for joint research, funding proposals, etc.
15:00 Break
15:30 Small Group Discussions continue
16:30 Final plenary discussion and closing



For practical info please contact Kate Philp