P2P Lab

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= autonomous research network within the P2P Foundation and a physical lab in Ioannina, Greece

URL = http://www.p2plab.gr/en/

"The organisation’s physical space in Ioannina (Greece) comprises a co-working and meeting space, a library and a fabrication lab with 3D printers and microcontrollers."



The P2P Lab is an independent media lab interested in interdisciplinary research on free and open-source technologies and peer-to-peer practices.

Its mission is to:

  • strive for integrative insights on the open technologies and the peer-to-peer practices.
  • provide consultancy support to organisations and institutions regarding open technologies and relevant socio-economic trends.
  • produce novel global techno-economic solutions to local problems.
  • write, edit and publish articles, reports and books in the diverse range of topics we investigate.
  • organise open events for reflection and action as well as to educate people about critical and creative tools for society-changing.


The P2P Lab is a not-for-profit organization based in Ioannina, Greece. It is dedicated to research and advocacy around peer-to-peer (P2P) dynamics in technology, society and economy. The P2P Lab works for the development and maintenance of a global knowledge commons, encompassing a global community of researchers and activists that advocates and monitors models of peer production, peer governance and peer property in every field of human activity. Our research network empirically explores and expands the theoretical work produced on P2P and commons-oriented practices to ascertain their viability in real-world applications. The P2P Lab researchers produce academic peer-reviewed publications and coordinate and participate in research projects, focused on free/open-source technologies and commons-based practices. Our wider network includes institutions and organisations from academia and civil society, active grassroots social movements and public and private sector institutions working for the transition to a P2P-driven, commons-oriented future.

Facilities & Equipment

In the lab you may find two open source 3D printers along with various filaments; open source micro-controllers; a library with interdisciplinary literature; sensors, etc.


P2P Lab’s members are:

P2P Lab's community of members, fellows and collaborators spans over a diverge field of international academics, researchers, activists and artists dependent on each project.

P2P Lab will gladly collaborate with communities or individuals who want to build a P2P Lab in their city inspired by the idea of solidarity franchising.


Relevant Previous Projects or Activities

1. “Phygital: Catalysing Innovation and Entrepreneurship Unlocking the Potential of Emerging Production and Business Models” - (2017-2019): 923,300.75 EUR (subsidy contract to be signed). A project funded under the Interreg V-B Balkan-Mediterranean 2014-2020 program, which documents, analyses, tests, evaluates, and creates awareness about a new mode of value creation. This new mode is based on the conjunction of the digital commons (e.g. open knowledge, software and design) with desktop manufacturing and automation technologies (e.g. from 3D printing and CNC machines to low-tech tools and crafts).

2. “A Knowledge Alliance between HEIs, Makers and Manufacturers to Boost Open Design & Manufacturing in Europe (OD&M)” - (2017-2019): 984,865 EUR. An ERASMUS+ project that develops an alliance between Higher Education Institution, traditional manufacturers and innovation communities of digital-savvy makers, in order to set up a trust-based framework for the generation of knowledge and capacity to embed open manufacturing in the triangle.

3. “P2P Value: Techno-Social Platform for Sustainable Models and Value Generation in Commons-based Peer Production in the Future Internet” - (2013-2016): 2,454,698 EUR. A project to foster the commons-based peer production (CBPP) phenomenon by providing a techno-social platform specifically designed to facilitate the creation of resilient and sustainable CBPP communities.

4. “COOPERLAND” - (2014-2015): 190,944.05 EUR. A project funded under the Europe for Citizens Programme. COOPERLAND aimed at creating a European platform for cooperative practices to encourage citizen participation.

The 2018-2019 Research Activities Plan

"In the next two years, we aim to ground our ideas for a commons transition on stronger empirical evidence.

The main questions we’ll try to answer, which make for four different projects, follow:

First, the Phygital project seeks to understand how globally designed products could change how we work, produce and consume.

Second, Transvestment attempts to figure out how commoners can become economically sustainable.

Third, Wikiart explores whether a theatrical play or a piece of music, inspired by the social design of Wikipedia, could be developed as a digital commons.

Fourth, the Deschooling project sets out to investigate how commons-based peer production could change our educational system(s).

The P2P lab is sustained on a modest budget and is financially sustainable till September 2019. Thus, in parallel with our research endeavours we will be working towards successful research funding." (http://www.p2plab.gr/en/archives/992)

More Information

  • See one of the key projects for 2016-2019.