Sustainable Cities and Communities

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Sharing Economy: Risks and Opportunities in a Framework of SDGs

  • Valeria AndreoniEmail author
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Sharing economy is defined by a large set of for-profit and not-for-profit activities developed alongside the expansion of information technologies. Based on the idea of temporary access rather than ownership, the sharing economy proposes an alternative consumption model based on the shared use of private resources. In recent years, large academic and political debates have been devoted to investigate the contributions that sharing activities could provide to the transition toward a more sustainable future.


The rapid expansion of information technologies and the related availability of Internet connection are creating new forms of collaborations across developed and developing countries. The sharing economy, including a large set of activities based on the use of digital platforms and peer-to-peer relationships, is an example of that. Developed alongside the growth of online connections and fueled by the global financial...
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Manchester Metropolitan University Business SchoolManchesterUK

Section editors and affiliations

  • Olga Kuznetsova
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  1. 1.Economics, Policy and International BuisnessManchester Metropolitan University,ManchesterUK