Initiative on the Sharing Economy


Industrial Mathematics Clinic: Tackling Collaboratively Emerging Problems in Industry

July 24–26, 2017
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455

We invite you to participate in a unique program sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The program will bring together representatives from industry and academia to collaborate on challenging problems in industry with a focus on analytics. The goal of the event is to build a bridge between industry, senior academics, and junior researchers to work together on important and technically challenging problems with potential high impact on practice.

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Previous Events

Symposium on the Sharing Economy

May 16–17, 2016

Thanks to all who attended the symposium! The two-day event, which included a research workshop and a public forum, brought together leaders from academia, industry, nonprofits, and government to shed light on the emerging area of the sharing economy and stimulate interdisciplinary research and collaboration. Materials from the event, including selected presentations, video recordings, and a summary report of the public forum (8.05 MB PDF), are now available. Learn More

About the Initiative

The University of Minnesota’s Initiative on the Sharing Economy sheds light on the growing trend away from the exclusive ownership and consumption of resources to one of shared use and consumption. Peer-to-peer shared mobility is a particular focus. The Initiative has four broad objectives:

  • To support the development of the University of Minnesota as a center for thought leadership on issues surrounding the sharing (and on-demand) economy and the study of its impact on the economy, society, and the environment.
  • To cultivate a cross-disciplinary community that draws on faculty and researchers from schools and departments throughout the University.
  • To encourage University-driven entrepreneurship and innovation for the sharing and on-demand economy.
  • To promote engagement with industry, government, and the non-profit sector and to provide balanced analysis and guidance to policymakers.

These objectives will be achieved through:

  • Research collaboration among affiliated faculty and researchers, co-advising of students, and joint pursuit of external funding.
  • Discussion and dissemination of ideas through regularly offered seminars, workshops, and other external engagement events.
  • Publication of research papers, reviews, and opinion pieces targeting the academic community, policymakers, industry, and the broader public.
  • Undertaking the evaluation and analysis of emerging business models and technologies on the behalf of industry, government, and other organizations.


To learn more about how you might participate in the Initiative on the Sharing Economy, please contact Saif Benjaafar, or Hannah Grune of the Center for Transportation Studies,