Our new postdoc researcher is Dr. George Dafermos, who will be looking at the potentialities opened up by the digital commons for social and political transformation.
For those who don’t know him, George has been involved in the digital commons for nearly 20 years: he is a research associate of the P2P Foundation, a member of the Commons | Lab co-op (a small open source technology co-op in Heraklion-Crete, Greece) and a member of the organization team of the Festival of the Commons (aka CommonsFest) in Heraklion-Crete. In the recent past, he was also the coordinator of the research of the FLOK Society Project in Ecuador in the areas of biodiversity, open-sustainable agriculture, open design commons, distributed manufacturing and distributed energy.
George’s academic background is in the social and administrative sciences: he holds a BA Hons in Business Administration (Hertfordshire), a MA in Management (Durham), a MSc in E-Commerce (Sunderland) and a PhD in Technology Policy and Management from Delft University of Technology. More specifically, his doctoral dissertation, which George defended in 2012, explores the governance structures of free/open source software development communities.