Vasilis Kostakis

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Short bio

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Vasilis Kostakis is Professor of P2P Governance at TalTech and Faculty Associate at Harvard University. He is also Visiting Professor at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Vasilis is the founder of the P2P Lab.

  • contact: vkostakis at
  • google scholar page
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Long bio

Vasilis Kostakis is the Professor of P2P Governance within the Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance at TalTech. He is also a Faculty Associate within the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, and a Visiting Professor within the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology at Autonomous University of Barcelona. Moreover, he is a Fellow at the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).

He is the founder of the P2P Lab and has been the Research Coordinator of the P2P Foundation, winner of the 2016 Golden Nica for Digital Communities.

In 2018, Vasilis was awarded a four-year grant from the European Research Council, to study the convergence of the digital commons with local manufacturing technologies. Along with an interdisciplinary team of scholars, activists, and social entrepreneurs, Vasilis focuses on how to create an economy based on locally sustainable communities that are digitally interconnected.

He has written essays for several outlets such as the Harvard Business Review and Aeon. His work has appeared in 15 languages.

Vasilis is also an artist.

  • contact: vkostakis at
  • google scholar page

Recent research projects

Fifteen selected academic publications

  • Peer to Peer: The Commons Manifesto (book). text
  • The Convergence of Digital Commons with Local Manufacturing from a Degrowth Perspective: Two Illustrative Cases. site text
  • How to Create a Thriving Global Commons Economy. text
  • Digital Economy and the Rise of Open Cooperativism: The Case of the Enspiral Network. site text
  • Blockchain and Value Systems in the Sharing Economy: The Illustrative Case of Backfeed. site text
  • Research on Degrowth. site text
  • Making (in) the Smart City: The Emergence of Makerspaces. site text
  • In Defense of Digital Commoning. site text
  • Design Global, Manufacture Local: Exploring the Contours of an Emerging Productive Model. site text
  • Towards a Political Ecology of the Digital Economy: Socio-environmental Implications of Two Value Models. site text
  • Network Society and Future Scenarios for a Collaborative Economy (book). ebook site wiki
  • Open Source 3D Printing as a Means of Learning: An Educational Experiment in Two High Schools in Greece. site text
  • Commons-Based Peer Production and Artistic Expression: Two Cases from Greece. site text
  • Should Law Keep Pace with Technology? Law as Katechon. site text
  • Commons-Based Peer Production and Digital Fabrication: The Case of a RepRap-Based, Lego-Built 3D Printing-Milling Machine. site text

Ten selected op-eds

  • New Technologies Won’t Reduce Scarcity, but Here’s Something That Might @Harvard Business Review
  • Utopia is now @Aeon
  • Design global, manufacture local: a new industrial revolution? @TheConversation
  • Peer-to-peer production and the partner state @RedPepper
  • Can blockchain, a swiftly evolving technology, be controlled? @TheConversation
  • Cooperativism in the digital era, or how to form a global counter-power @OpenDemocracy
  • Peer-to-peer: a new opportunity for the left @ROAR
  • A new post-capitalist ecosystem of value creation @OpenDemocracy
  • Modern feudalism of the sharing economy @Technologist
  • Beyond bitcoin @Evonomics