Vasilis Niaros

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Vasilis Niaros is a Research Fellow at the Urban Transformation and Global Change Laboratory (TURBA) of Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. His research interests include makerspaces, urban commons, smart city, circular economy, sustainability transitions, social policy and technology.

Vasilis is also a Core Member of the P2P Lab and a Member of the P2P Foundation. Further, he is a Member of the Fab City Foundation.

Vasilis holds a PhD in Technology Governance from Tallinn University of Technology (2016) as well as a five-year-BSc and a MSc in Urbanism and Regional Development from University of Thessaly. His research work is related to commons transitions at the city level with an emphasis on makerspaces and the use of local manufacturing technologies.

  • Contact: vniaros at
  • Google scholar page: here


Peer reviewed articles

  • Schismenos, A., Niaros, V., & Lemos, L. (2020). Cosmolocalism: Understanding the transitional dynamics towards post-capitalism. tripleC, 18(2), 670-684. sitetext
  • Priavolou, C., & Niaros, V. (2019). Assessing the openness and conviviality of Open Source Technology: The Case of the WikiHouse. Sustainability, 11(17), 4746. site text
  • Niaros, V., Kostakis, V., & Drechsler, W. (2017). Making and sharing (in) the smart city: The emergence of makerspaces. Telematics & Informatics, 34(7), 1143-1152. site text
  • Bauwens, M., & Niaros, V. (2017). Re-dynamising local economies in the age of Trumpism. Journal of Future Studies, 21(3). site text
  • Niaros, V. (2016). Introducing a taxonomy of the “smart city”: Towards a commons-oriented approach? tripleC, 14(1), 51-61. site text
  • Kostakis, V., Niaros, V., & Giotitsas, C. (2015). Production and governance in hackerspaces: A manifestation of commons-based peer production in the physical realm?. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 18(5), 555-573. site text
  • Kostakis, V., Niaros, V., Dafermos, G., & Bauwens, M. (2015). Design global, manufacture local: Exploring the contours of an emerging productive model. Futures, 73, 126-135. site text
  • Kostakis, V., Niaros, V., & Giotitsas, C. (2015). Open source 3D printing as a means of learning: An educational experiment in two high schools in Greece. Telematics & Informatics, 32 (1), 118–128. site text

Working papers

  • How could grassroots political networks form a common future? Lessons from the AK network in Greece and the digital commons
  • What is Cosmolocalism? A blueprint for digital production of global democracy
  • Why a circular economy should be open source


  • Bauwens, M., & Niaros, V. (2018). Changing societies through urban commons transitions. Berlin: Heinrich Böll Foundation. site text
  • Niaros, V., Pantazis, A., Priavolou, C., & Martelloni, L. (2017). The maker movement: Values and principles. Prepared for the Open Design & Manufacturing project. text
  • Niaros, V. (2017). Towards a commons-oriented city: An overview of developments in Europe. Ghent: Timelab. text
  • Bauwens, M., & Niaros, V. (2017). Value in the commons economy: Developments in open and contributory value accounting. Berlin: Heinrich Böll Foundation. site text
  • Bauwens, M., & Niaros, V. (2017). The emergence of peer production: Challenges and opportunities for labor and unions. Brussels: European Trade Union Institute. site text
  • De Filippi, P., Loveluck, B., Niaros, V., Pantazis, A., & Fuster, M. (2016). Best practices for commons-based peer production communities & policy recommendations. P2P Value project. text
  • Pazaitis, A., Niaros, V., Dittus, M., & Fuster, M. (2016). Validation experiments: Research reports on validation experiments description and analysis. P2P Value project. text

Book chapters

  • Kostakis, V., Ramos, J., & Niaros, V. (2018). Design globally, manufacture locally: New industrial configurations leading to a cultural phenomenon. In T. Diez (Ed.), Fab City: The mass distribution of (almost) everything (pp. 128-131). Barcelona: Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia.
  • Kostakis, V., Bauwens, M., & Niaros, V. (2015). Urban reconfiguration after the emergence of peer-to-peer infrastructures: Four future scenarios with an impact on smart cities. In D. Araya (Ed.), Smart cities as democratic ecologies(pp. 116-124). New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan. site text

See Greece.