Worker Empowerment in the Era of Sharing Economy Platforms in Global South

Pietari Keskinen, Heike Winschiers Theophilus

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In this exploratory paper we discuss the relation between empowerment and global sharing economy in a Global Southern context. We distinguish two primary meanings of 'empowerment' namely,the liberation from oppression and the ability to act. We inspect working for sharing economies from both angles. A critical factor for assessing whether sharing economies are empowering for global South workers is the change it brings. If the platform work offers opportunities for formerly unemployed, the change is considered as empowering. However, it is possible, that these platform jobs instead replace the traditional, more protected employments, in which case the change is considered dis-empowering. We exemplify our arguments with a contextual inquiry into community-based tourism in a small village Tanzania.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExploratory Papers and Workshops
EditorsChiara Del Gaudio, Leonardo Parra-Agudelo, Rachel Clarke, Joanna Saad-Sulonen, Andrea Botero, Andrea Botero, Felipe Cesar Londono, Felipe Cesar Londono, Paula Andrea Escandon Suarez
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781450377003
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2020
MoE publication typeA4 Conference publication
EventParticipatory Design Conference: Participation(s) otherwise - Universidad de Caldas, Manizales, Colombia
Duration: 15 Jun 202019 Jun 2020
Conference number: 16

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series


ConferenceParticipatory Design Conference
Abbreviated titlePDC
Internet address


  • global south
  • multi-sided platforms
  • user empowerment


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