Belgium: adoption of the sharing economy

Liesbeth Huybrechts, Shenja van der Graaf, Ruben D'Hauwers, Jo Pierson

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Abstract

The debate on the sharing economy in Belgium has been mainly focused on its economic, quantitative, and digital aspects. Given the fact that the adoption of the sharing economy has accelerated lately, this report wanted to contribute to further open up the debate on the adoption of this economy in relation to an aspect that is too little discussed, namely (social and environmental) sustainability. Based on some smaller studies, this report identifies different drivers for concrete sustainable sharing economy initiatives to develop that situate themselves on the level of people’s daily life practices, social and cultural developments, and policy developments. Next to these drivers, there were issues detected that interact closely with the further development of this economy. The report ends with a suggestion for more systematic research of the drivers behind the initiation, adoption, and sustaining of sharing economy initiatives and their contributions to a more sustainable Belgian society.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Collaborative Economy in Action: European Perspectives
EditorsAndrzej Klimczuk, Vida Cesnuityte, Gabriela Avram
Place of PublicationLimerick
PublisherUniversity of Limerick
Pages52-66
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9781911620303
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes

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