Sustainable development and sharing economy: A bibliometric analysis

  • Received August 22, 2021;
    Accepted September 23, 2021;
    Published October 1, 2021
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    http://dx.doi.org/10.21511/ppm.19(4).2021.01
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    Volume 19 2021, Issue #4, pp. 1-19
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Sustainability promotes a feasible strategy to achieve a continuous development of the economy, society, and environment. This study aims to analyze the growing efforts on researches made by academic communities in exploring the sharing economy as a potential approach to promote sustainable development. A bibliometric approach with VOSviewer and COOC analysis was applied. A total number of 975 published articles were analyzed in this study. As a result, it was found that few studies have shed light on collaborative and sustainable consumption, climate change, and bioeconomy in the sharing economy by country, such as renewable resources and business models, circular economy in China, and life cycle assessment, particularly taking evidence from the urban mobility services in China. It was also revealed that there is a new indiscipline research trend in the field of sustainable development such as sustainable business models, game theory, blue economy, peer-to-peer accommodation, smart grids, and electric vehicles. Other trend concentrates on technological advancements and policies to promote sustainable development in the sharing economy.

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    • Figure 1. Number of published documents on sustainable development in the sharing economy from 2010 to 2020
    • Figure 2. Wind rose diagram of the top 14 most productive authors on sustainable development in the sharing economy from 2010 to 2020
    • Figure 3. Number of published articles on sustainable development in the sharing economy by researchers from the People’s Republic of China (2010–2020)
    • Figure 4. Cluster map of countries/regions on sustainable development in the sharing economy from 2010 to 2020
    • Figure 5. Co-citation map of academic journals related to this study (2010–2020)
    • Figure 6. Cluster map of organizations researching this field from 2010 to 2020
    • Figure 7. Word cloud map of the keywords on sustainable development in the sharing economy from 2010 to 2020
    • Figure 8. Co-occurrence map of the high-frequency keywords of the retrieved documents from 2010 to 2020
    • Figure 9. Cumulative Timezone view of the top 10 keywords on sustainable development in the sharing economy in each year from 2010 to 2020
    • Table 1. 16 most highly cited academic articles on sustainable development in the sharing economy from 2010 to 2020
    • Table 2. Top 19 most contributing countries/regions on sustainable development in the sharing economy from 2010 to 2020
    • Table 3. Top 9 most constructive academic journals related to this study (2010–2020)
    • Table 4. Top 14 most contributing organizations on sustainable development in the sharing economy (2010–2020)
    • Table 5. High-frequency keywords on sustainable development in the sharing economy from 2010 to 2020
    • Table 6. Articles retrieved by the keywords “sustainable development”, “sharing economy”, “mobility”, and “China”
    • Conceptualization
      Ruihui Pu
    • Formal Analysis
      Ruihui Pu, Xiang Li, Pujiayi Chen
    • Investigation
      Ruihui Pu, Xiang Li, Pujiayi Chen
    • Project administration
      Ruihui Pu
    • Supervision
      Ruihui Pu
    • Validation
      Ruihui Pu
    • Writing – review & editing
      Ruihui Pu, Pujiayi Chen
    • Methodology
      Xiang Li, Pujiayi Chen
    • Visualization
      Xiang Li, Pujiayi Chen
    • Writing – original draft
      Xiang Li
    • Data curation
      Pujiayi Chen