Vasilis Kostakis

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Short bio

Vasilis Kostakis (1985) is Senior Research Fellow at the Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance, Tallinn University of Technology, as well as visiting Research Fellow at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, VU University Amsterdam and visiting Scholar at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology, Autonomous University of Barcelona.

Moreover, he is Founder of the interdisciplinary research hub P2P Lab and Research Coordinator of the P2P Foundation. Further, he sits on the boards of commons-oriented start-ups and open access refereed journals.

Vasilis publishes, lectures, and consults governments and organisations on knowledge/information economy; innovation policy from an heterodox economics perspective; urban and regional development with an emphasis on the use of distributed manufacturing; blockchain-based organization; and constructionist learning. He tries to combine theoretical sensitivity with action research and fieldwork, aiming at understanding phenomena from an insider's perspective.

His work has appeared in English, French, German, Spanish, Greek, Portuguese, Romanian, Estonian, Finnish and Latvian as well as featured in several popular international media.

Vasilis is also an artist.

  • face: here
  • contact: kostakis.b at
  • google scholar page: here

Recent research projects

Ten selected recent academic publications

  • Peer-to-Peer: A Manifesto for Commons Transition (book) draft
  • The Convergence of Digital Commons with Local Manufacturing from a Degrowth Perspective: Two Illustrative Cases. site text
  • Digital Economy and the Rise of Open Cooperativism: The Case of the Enspiral Network [soon]
  • 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
  • Peer Production and Desktop Manufacturing: The Case of the Helix_T Wind Turbine Project. site text
  • Commons-Based Peer Production and Artistic Expression: Two Cases from Greece. site text
  • Commons-Based Peer Production and Digital Fabrication: The Case of a RepRap-Based, Lego-Built 3D Printing-Milling Machine. site text
  • Should Law Keep Pace with Technology? Law as Katechon. site text

Five selected pop science articles

  • Beyond the Welfare state @RedPepper (forthcoming)
  • Blockchain and the law @TheConversation (forthcoming)
  • 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