Research in the collaborative economy

With the monitor, we map behaviour in the market, and gather and share knowledge with the collaborative economy research library. We have worked on several national and international research projects (for example in collaboration with the Ministry of Economic Affairs and EU). 


We can deliver everything from exploratory researches aimed at basic market understanding, all the way up to in-depth customer research. 

We have conducted several research projects on areas within the collaborative economy,  as described as follows:  

  • research report on the Innovation in the Collaborative Economy' for the Ministry of Economic Affairs 
  • research report on the 'Collaborative Economy Environmental Impacts and Opportunities' for the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment
  • position paper on Amsterdam Sharing City
  • 'Collaborative Economy Ecosystem' which provides insights into the phenomenon.

In order to read or download the research summaries, visit our Presskit here.  


We are continuously monitoring the 10 markets of the collaborative economy, its consumers, entrepreneurs, its policy makers and the research being done. We offer our monitor in separate building blocks to suit your specific needs: 

  • consumers twice a year
  • market news and policy news continuously 
  • reports and presentations
  • general updates
  • market specific updates
  • company specific updates
  • city specific update


THE 'CERL' - the Collaborative economy research library

The Collaborative Economy Research Library is a joint initiative between shareNL, Rachel Botsman, Oxford University and Nesta. It was undertaken due to the lack of access to evidence and studies that explore and measure social, environmental and economical impact of the collaborative economy. The mission is to curate and share high-quality research through the library, making it easy for people to find unbiased and useful studies that will inspire innovation and push public discourse on the collaborative and sharing economy.


Previous work


This research was conducted for the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment and it explores the environmental impact of the collaborative economy: an emerging and varied phenomenon on which little information is available. The research focuses particularly on goods within the collaborative economy, but also provides a description of the entire collaborative economy landscape and its sustainability impact.


This report was conducted for the Ministry of Economic Affairs and it summarises research on barriers to investment in innovation and whether opportunities are currently feasible or not in the collaborative economy, and in the area of green growth.


The sharing economy's popularity is increasing. The term, and organisations often associated with it, such as Airbnb and Uber, are featured daily in the media. However it is not always clear what does or doesn't belong to the collaborative economy; and what the collaborative economy looks like from the 'inside'. Therefore we have created the Collaborative Economy Ecosystem. The Collaborative Economy Ecosystem by shareNL can be reused, tweaked and shared under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license

shareNL book SHARE

The shareNL book, share, gives unique insights into the development of this new economy, and it shows what opportunities and challenges that exist for both emerging and established organizations, as well as deliberating how leaders of the future economy are already shaping it. You can download the free chapter 'Knowledge' (only in Dutch) here