Research in the collaborative economy


We can deliver everything from exploratory research aimed at basic market understanding,
all the way up to in-depth customer research for businesses, governments, organisations and startups.

Why shareNL? 

We think differently about research. We are strongly connected to the world of research while operating in the heart of business, politics and society, giving us a unique position of providing research that has optimal practical relevance as well as academic quality standards. Thus, dozens of governments and private sector companies from all markets and continents, except Antarctica, have found us already, and joined us in our mission of reshaping society. At shareNL we: 

  • Measure activities of consumers, start-ups and larger business, that are active in the collaborative (and sharing) economy. 
  • Track policies from across the globe together with our international partners.
  • Collect the newest academic research in the online Collaborative Economy Library.
  • Operate the worlds only ‘collaborative economy panel’ with +1200 active users.


With the world’s only sharing economy panel, we have developed the shareNL monitor. The shareNL monitor is an ongoing research aimed at providing companies, governments, start-ups, journalists and researchers with a deep understanding and practical insights of societal changes in the collaborative (and sharing) economy and the autonomous society. We regularly share free reports, the next one coming out soon. 

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.

Research portfolio


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

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