Entrepreneurship and sharing economy in tourism: unravelling economic, socio-cultural and environmental impacts

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The sharing economy in tourism is growing at exponential rates. By transforming the way we live, work, produce, consume and exchange goods and services, the sharing economy is challenging the fundamental institutions of employment, work and entrepreneurship, while it can also generate social value. The new breed of sharing micro-entrepreneurs are driven by unconventional and controversial entrepreneurial motives, while they follow non-traditional work patterns.

The symposium gathers leading academic, sharing economy entrepreneurs and professional experts to present findings and discuss the following economic, socio-cultural and environmental impacts of the sharing economy:

  • Sharing economy and transformations of social values, lifestyles, working patterns, consumption behaviours
  • Does the sharing economy generate social value? How can we normalise and institutionalise for ensuring a wider sustainable positive impact?
  • How the sharing economy disrupts industry structures and economic systems?
  • What types of employment and entrepreneurship opportunities are fuelled by the sharing economy?


Yixiao Xiang is an Associate Professor in the Department of Tourism Management, School of Management, Shandong University, China. She got her Ph.D. degree of Geography from Environmental Studies at the University of Waterloo...

Shaun deBruyn has been with the South Australian Tourism Industry Council since late 2015 having nearly 20-years’ experience in the industry. His background is diverse, including working in regional tourism; destination and ...

Andrew Beer is Dean, Research and Innovation at the University of South Australia. He has served as a Research Fellow at the University of Plymouth, a Leverhulme Fellow at the University of Ulster, and a Visiting Professor a...

Denise Lawungkurr Goodfellow did her Ph.D. on American couples who travel internationally to watch birds, at Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW.

In 2000 she helped Aboriginal relatives start a little tourism pro...

Ludwina Dautovic has been an entrepreneur for over 20 years with a particular passion for digital and technology. She is currently the founder and CEO of The Room Xchange, a movement that is turning empty rooms and everyday ...

Maria is a government engagement officer for the Department of Premier and Cabinet, responsible for implementing government engagement strategies including the SHARE collaborative economy challenge.

Marianna Sigala is Professor at the University of South Australia and Director of the Centre for Tourism & Leisure Management. She is best known for her research and publications on Information & Communication Techno...

Nick O’Brien is the National Enterprise Manager for CVCheck, responsible for growing and nurturing relationships with government and major corporate partners on a national level.
Since starting in...

Sanne Reijenga is the Event & Volunteer Coordinator at OzHarvest SA, a food rescue charity that rescues surplus food from going to landfill and delivers this to charities that feed people in need. 

She looks ...

Sara Dolnicar is a Professor of Tourism at the University of Queensland. Sara won a number of prestigious awards including the Charles Goeldner Article of Excellence Award; the Distinguished Researcher Award of the Travel an...

With 25 years' experience running a multi-million dollar primary production enterprise, a degree in Business Management and training as an APEC Small Business Counsellor, Suzette has had roles as Australian Government small ...

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Bradley Forum, Hawke Building, UniSA City West Campus

55 North Terrace

Adelaide, 5000

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  • 04 Oct 2017

    12:30 PM - 6:30 PM

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Bradley Forum, Hawke Building, UniSA City West Campus

55 North Terrace

Adelaide, 5000