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Professor Wolfgang Drechsler is Professor of Govern­ance at the Ragnar Nurkse Department, TalTech. He is also Honorary Professor of University College London in the UCL Institute of Innovation and Public Purpose, and Associate at Harvard University’s Davis Center. BA Bridge­water College, MA Uni­ver­sity of Virginia, PhD Uni­ver­sity of Marburg, Grad­uate German University of Public Admin­istration Speyer, Ha­bili­tation Uni­versity of Tartu, SocScD (honorary doc­torate) Cor­vi­nus Uni­versity of Bu­dapest. Wolfgang previ­ously taught at the Universities of Mar­burg, Giessen, Frank­furt/Main, and Tartu (Chair of Public Administration); as André Molitor Chair (professeur invité) at the Univer­sité catholique de Louvain; as Visit­ing Professor at the Uni­versities of Lund and of Erfurt, at the Cen­tral University of Finance and Eco­nomics Bei­jing, at the Uni­versity of Malaya, at Zhejiang and at Gadjah Mada Univer­sities, at the Na­tional Institute for Development Admin­istration (NIDA) Bangkok, at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Poli­cy, Na­tional Uni­versity of Singapore; and as Erasmus faculty at the Uni­versities of Salzburg (twice), again of Erfurt, and of Leiden (The Hague). In 2019, he was an ANZSOG Visiting Scholar. He was Vice Dean of In­ternational Rela­tions of the Faculty of Social Sciences at TalTech, 2010-16. Since 2020, Wolfgang serves as Chair of the Board of the European Association for Public Administration Accreditation (EAPAA).

In civil service, Wolfgang has been Ad­visor to the President of Estonia; Executive Secretary with the German Wissenschaftsrat during German Reunification; and, as an APSA Congressional Fellow, Senior Legislative Analyst in the United States Congress. He was vice chair of the executive board of PRAXIS, Estonia’s pre-eminent public policy think-tank; mem­ber of the Innovation Pol­icy Council of the Estonian Ministry of Economics; and member of the Lisbon Agenda Group. He is an associate of the ERC ‘Cosmolocalism’ project, 2019-23; and he was founding PI of the governance stream, and remains a member, of the ‘FinEst Twins: Helsinki and Tallinn as Smart and Sustainable Cities’ EU Twinning grant, 2019-26, based on project director Ralf-Martin Soe’s 2018 PhD thesis written under Wolfgang’s supervision.

Wolfgang Drechsler has been a consultant to international institutions, such as the OECD, the Council of Europe, SIGMA, the World Bank, the European Union (especially Commission and Parliament), the Inter-American De­velopment Bank, the UNDP, and the Vatican; to national govern­ment agencies; and in the private sector. He is a board member of IPPA and EMPA, as well as of the Davis Center at Harvard; and in the NGO sphere, of the Cologne Old Town Civic Association. Wolfgang has received the Estonian National Science Award; the Alena Brunovskà Award and the Merit Award from NISPAcee; the Outstand­ing Alumnus Award from Bridgewater College; the Maar­jamaa Rist, Estonia’s Order of Merit; the German Federal Merit Cross; TalTech’s Top Scien­tist award as best PhD advisor for three years in a row; and the Senator Boorsma Award from SECoPA. He is the author or editor of more than 20 books and journal issues and well over 100 scholarly articles. He is editor-in-chief of Halduskultuur: The Estonian Journal of Administrative Culture and Digital Governance and member of the editorial boards of IRPP, AJPA, PMM, IJPA, ThaiJPA, PPA (Lith), EJLE, NISPAceeJPAP, RWER, JIPE, JoGPP, and others.

Wolfgang’s areas of interest include Non-West­ern PA, Governance, and Economics, especially Buddhist, Confucian, and Islamic; Technology, Innovation & Governance; and Public Management Re­form general­ly. He also has an active in­terest in Political Philosophy and in heterodox Economic Theory. His regional foci are Southeast and East Asia and also Central and Eastern Europe. His book on Innovation Bureaucra­cies (with Rainer Kattel and Erkki Karo) will be published by Yale University Press in 2021.

Contact: wolfgang.drechsler@taltech.ee

Senior Research Fellow Dr. Erkki Karo is the Director of the Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance. He has received BA from the University of Tartu and PhD from the Tallinn University of Technology. In 2015-2016 Dr. Karo was a postdoctoral fellow at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies in Tokyo, Japan. He has also been a visiting PhD research student at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, University College London and the University of Iceland. Previously he has worked at the University of Tartu. He teaches basic and introductory courses on public administration and public management both in the Technology Governance and public administration curricula. His research focuses on governance and public management of research and innovation policies in both developing and developed economies. He has worked on policy-related projects both for the local government and central government institutions in Estonia on different innovation policy issues (cluster policy, open innovation and innovation policy, innovation policy strategies and its’ governance). He is a co-organizer of the permanent study group on Public Administration, Technology & Innovation at the European Group for Public Administration (www.ttu.ee/pati). He was a principal researcher in the Research and Innovation Policy Monitoring Programme and coordinator of the ETF grant Institutions and economic development in East Asia and Central and Eastern Europe.

Contacts: erkki.karo@taltech.ee

Rainer Kattel is professor of innovation and public governance at Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose, UCL, and research professor at Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance. He received his education from University of Tartu, Estonia, and University of Marburg, Germany, studying philosophy, political philosophy, classics and public administration.

He led the Department for ten years. He has served on various public policy commissions, including Estonian Research Council and European Science Foundation. He has worked as an expert for the OECD, UNDP, and the European Commission. Currently, he leads Estonian Government’s Gender Equality Council, and is a member of governing boards at Tallinn University of Technology and Estonian Academy of Arts.

He has published extensively on innovation policy, its governance and specific management issues. His research interests include also public sector innovation, predictive governance and financialization. His recent books include The Elgar Handbook of Alternative Theories of Economic Development (edited with Erik Reinert and Jayati Gosh; Elgar, 2016), Financial Regulations in the European Union (edited with Jan Kregel and Mario Tonveronachi; Routledge, 2016), Innovation Bureaucracy (with Wolfgang Drechsler and Erkki Karo; Yale, forthcoming in 2017), and a special section on mission oriented innovation policy in Industrial and Corporate Change (edited with Mariana Mazzucato,; forthcoming in 2017). 

In 2013, he received Estonia's National Science Award for his work on innovation policy. 

Contact: rainer.kattel@taltech.ee

Vasilis Kostakis is Professor of P2P Governance within the Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance at Tallinn University of Technology. He is also a Faculty Associate within the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, and a Visiting Associate Professor within the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology at Autonomous University of Barcelona.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 13 languages.  

Vasilis is also an artist.

Contact: vasileios.kostakis@taltech.ee

Professor Jan A. Kregel PhD (Rutgers University) is Professor of Finance and Development. Kregel just retired as Chief of the Policy Analysis and Development Branch of the Financing for Development Office of UNDESA, the United Nations’ Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Until 2004, he was High Level Expert in International Finance and Macroeconomics in the New York Liaison Office of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), being in essence its chief economist. For many years, he held the Chair for Political Economy at the University of Bologna. He was on the faculty of Johns Hopkins SAIS, whose Bologna Center he co-directed in the late 1980s, and he is a Visiting Professor at the University of Missouri at Kansas City and a Senior Scholar at the Levy Economics Institute at Bard College. He is a Life Fellow of the Royal Economic Society in London and is counted as one of the leading post-Keynesian economists today. His main area of interest is finance.

Contact: jankregel@yahoo.com

Anu Masso is an Associate Professor of Big Data in Social Sciences at the Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance. Besides her post as an Associate Professor at Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance Anu is a part-time Senior Researcher at the Institute of Social Studies at the University of Tartu, where she supervises several students.

Anu earned a BA in sociology at the University of Tartu, a MA in sociology at the Tallinn University and a PhD in media and communication at the University of Tartu. Most recently Anu concluded her research on quantitative methods in mobility / migration studies at the ETH Zürich/Switzerland within the Marie Curie fellowship programme. Besides this Anu has also been a visiting researcher at the University of Uppsala/Sweden, the Kopenhagen University and the University of Vienna. Anu has been successful in applying for research funding and managing research projects, including both international and domestic, research and implementation projects. She has published around 40 articles in leading international peer-reviewed journals (like Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies) and was one of the editors of the Routledge International Handbook of European Social Transformations.

Her current research focuses on the big data turn in social sciences: she is interested in  developing measurements and estimating bias of social dynamics of large-scale socio-cultural phenomena, like in the fields of social network analysis methods, and comparative social media analytics. Furthermore her research focuses on critical data studies, like the methodological shifts in social sciences in relation to the big data turn, examining socio-cultural consequences of big data, like data discrimination, algorithmic control, governance through data, etc, in the fields of spatial mobilities and migration studies. Currently Anu focuses her research on developing solutions for ‘data acculturation’ – culturally integrative data practices in the field of spatial mobilities and migration studies

Veiko Lember, PhD, is Senior Research Fellow in Public Management and Policy at the Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance. He is also a Visiting Professor at KU Leuven’s Institute of Public Governance and a Visiting Research Fellow at Université Paris-Est (LISIS). He holds BA and MA from University of Tartu and PhD from Tallinn University of Technology. Veiko previously worked as a research fellow at University of Tartu and KU Leuven, and a visiting researcher at University of Antwerp.

From 2017, he serves as a Member of Steering Committee of the European Group of Public Administration (EGPA), where he also is a co-chair of the permanent study group on Public Administration, Technology & Innovation. From 2014-2016 he was the head of the Ragnar Nurkse Department. Veiko has been a consultant to OECD, UNDESA/UNDP, Estonian Government Office, Enterprise Estonia, Estonian Research Council, Network of Estonian Nonprofit Organizations, Estonian Law Center, and various Estonian ministries.

His research interests are in public administration (esp. digital and cross-sectoral governance) and innovation policy (esp. public procurement of innovation and innovation policy governance). He has led or been involved in more than 20 international (incl. EU FP7 and H2020) and national (incl. Estonian Research Council) research projects.

From 1999-2009 he was the member and captain of the Estonian National Volleyball team.

Contacts: veiko.lember@taltech.ee

Senior Lecturer Dr. Amirouche Moktefi, PhD (University of Strasbourg, 2007), teaches courses in logic, philosophy, and philosophy of science. His research interests include visual reasoning, the philosophy of mathematical practice, the development of symbolic logic, and the public understanding of science and technology.

Contact: amirouche.moktefi@taltech.ee

Dr. Ahti-Veikko Pietarinen is Professor of Philosophy of Science and Technology in the Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance. 

Field of research
He has published 80 Web of Science indexed journal articles and 246 peer-reviewed articles, books and editions in total in science & technology, history of philosophy, linguistics, cognitive and computing sciences, and related fields. 

In his publications widely cited in the literature, Pietarinen has developed new methods for creative reasoning and logics of abduction applied in AI, innovation studies, cognitive and computing sciences, economics, social sciences, education and clinical reasoning. His recent publications include a series of five books, Logic of the Future (De Gruyter, 2019-2022), which has been hailed as “the most consequential edition of Peirce's writings to appear since the publication of the Harvard edition of Peirce’s Collected Papers in 1930s and it may become the most seminal resource for developments in logic for many years to come” (Prof. N. Houser, IUPUI, “Afterword”, 2022).

Ahti-Veikko teaches critical, creative and design thinking; science and technology studies; pragmatism, and scientific methodology at Nurkse Department.

Ahti-Veikko received his education at the University of Turku (MSc, 1997) and University of Helsinki (PhD, 2002) in knowledge representation and AI, philosophical and epistemic logic, and history of philosophy of science.

Formerly Full Professor of Semiotics at the University of Helsinki, he has held visiting professorial positions in Korea and China. 

A recipient of multiple awards, fellowships and large research grants from the US, Finland, Estonia, China and elsewhere, Ahti-Veikko is President of the Charles S. Peirce Society (2018-2020), Editor-in-Chief of Peirceana (De Gruyter), and member of the Royal Society of Medicine. In 2020 he was the fourth most cited scientist in the field of philosophy in all Nordic and Baltic countries (Elsevier Scopus).

Carlota Perez is  Adjunct Professor of Technology and Socio-Economic Development. Perez, who currently resides in United Kingdom, is Honorary Professor at the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP) at University College London; Honorary Professor at SPRU, University of Sussex. She is also Academic-in-Residence at Anthemis, UK. She was affiliated to CERF at Cambridge University, from 2002 until 2014 and was Centennial Professor 2015-18 at the London School of Economics (LSE). Author of the influential Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital: The Dynamics of Bubbles and Golden Ages (Elgar 2002), she studies the socio-economic impact of technological change and its historical context, and is perhaps best known for her work on technological revolutions and the development of the concept of the ‘techno-economic paradigm shift’.

Perez’ long career spans civil service, research and consultancy. In the 1970s she held government posts in her home country of Venezuela, including as the founding Director of Technology in the Ministry of Industry (1980-1983). She has since advised several Latin American governments and multilateral organisations such as UNCTAD, UNIDO, CEPAL, the OECD, the Andean Pact, the EU  and the World Bank, in addition to consulting for numerous global corporations, including IBM, Cisco, Telefonica, Mondragon and Ericsson. She was Chair of the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Expert Group for Green Growth and Jobs. Her current research project, ‘Beyond the Technological Revolution’, funded by Anthemis UK, analyses the historical role of the state in shaping the context for innovation.

Webpage: www.carlotaperez.org

Contact: carperezperez@yahoo.com

Tiina Randma-Liiv is Professor of Public Management and Policy at Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia, where she currently also serves as Vice Dean for Research of the School of Business and Governance. She holds a BA in Economics from the University of Tartu, Estonia, an MPA from New York University and a PhD from Loughborough University. Randma-Liiv previously served as Professor and Chair of Public Management at the University of Tartu, and as Visiting Professor at the Catholic University of Leuven, the University of Gdansk, Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, and Florida International University. She has served on the Steering Committees of the European Group of Public Administration (EGPA), and of the Network of Institutes and Schools of Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe (NISPAcee). Randma-Liiv is currently a member of the Advisory Board to the Estonian Minister of Public Administration, previously she has been a member of the Academic Council of the President of Estonia and of the Prime Minister’s Advisory Board on Administrative Reform. She has served in the academic advisory board of the European Public Service Award, in the advisory board of the UNDP Regional Centre for Public Administration Reform, and in the OECD Expert Group of the Partnership for Democratic Governance. Randma-Liiv is a co-founder and a board member of the biggest Estonian think-tank – PRAXIS Centre for Policy Studies. Her research interests include the impact of fiscal crisis on public administration, public sector organization, civil service reforms, policy transfer and small states. She has won Alena Brunovska Award for Teaching Excellence in Central and Eastern Europe (2006) and the Estonian National Science Award (2016).

Contact: tiina.randma-liiv@taltech.ee

Professor of Public Finance and Governance Dr. Ringa Raudla, BA, MA (University of Tartu) and PhD (University of Erfurt) has previously worked as a lecturer at University of Tartu and as a visiting lecturer at University of Erfurt. She teaches courses on public finance, public sector financial management, Law & Economics and research methods. Her main research interests are budgeting, fiscal governance and fiscal policy, social insurance, institutional economics and constitutional political economy. She has worked as an advisory expert to the Ministry of Finance, the National Audit Office, Praxis and the World Bank on different issues (strategic management, performance management and performance budgeting, fiscal rules, budget transparency and citizen’s guide to budget). She currently holds a personal research grant from the Estonian Research Council on “Developments in Fiscal Governance in European Countries: Impacts of the Crisis and Future Prospects”. Ringa is a member of the Programme and Research Advisory Committee of IIAS (International Institute of Administrative Sciences) and also coordinates the IIAS study group on financial and fiscal administration. She is a member of the editorial boards of the following journals: Governance, Perspectives on Public Management and Governance, Urban Affairs Review, Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting & Financial Management, and International Journal of Public Sector Management. Ringa is also a founding member of the Young Academy of Sciences of Estonia.

Contact: ringa.raudla@taltech.ee

Professor Erik S. Reinert BA (University of St. Gallen) MA (Harvard) PhD (Cornell) is Professor of Technology Governance and Development Strategies. He is a former entrepreneur and since 2000 served as the Executive Chairman of The Other Canon Foundation, a small center and network for heterodox economics research. Reinert's research interests and publications focus around the theory of uneven development and the history of economic thought and policy. His book How Rich Countries Got Rich ... and Why Poor Countries Stay Poorwon the Myrdal Prize in economics and the Norwegian Selvaag Prize, both in 2008. As a consultant, Reinert's emphasis is on industrial and economic policy, the preconditions and management of innovations, and the relations between financial and production capital. Professor Reinert is one of the best-known heterodox economists of our times.

Contacts: eriksreinert@gmail.com

Associate Professor Dr. Külli Sarapuu BA, MA (University of Tartu/Katholieke Universiteit Leuven), PhD (Tallinn University of Technology) has served as the Deputy Head of the Department of Public Service at the Estonian Government Office and as a Senior Expert on personnel appraisal and development at the Ministry of Education. Külli has been engaged as an expert and lecturer in various projects focusing on the functioning of the Estonian public sector. She teaches courses on Estonian public administration, public sector coordination, public service and small states. In the years 2008-2016 she was acting as the Program Director for the Executive Master of Public Management program at the Nurkse Department. Külli’s research focuses on public sector organization, civil service systems, public sector coordination and the governance of small states. She has taken a special interest in the post-communist transformation of administrative structure in Central and Eastern Europe and has published broadly on the respective changes in Estonia. Her recent book is “Organizing for Coordination in the Public Sector: Practices and Lessons from 12 European Countries” co-edited with P. Lægreid, L. H. Rykkja and T. Randma-Liiv (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). Külli’s current research projects include Coordination Instruments at the Center of Government: Opportunities and Limitations of Temporary Task Forces (personal grant by the Estonian Research Council) and Navigating the Storm: Small States in the EU (EU Jean Monnet Network). She is a co-chair of the European Group for Public Administration permanent study group “Governance of Public Sector Organizations” and serves as a member of the NISPAcee steering committee.

Contact: kylli.sarapuu@taltech.ee

Researchers and Lecturers

Dr Aleksandrs Cepilovs is a research fellow at the Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance. He is also a research officer at the European Union Agency for the Operational Management of Large-Scale IT Systems in the Areas of Freedom, Justice and Security (eu-LISA).

Field of research
His research interests include innovation policy, policy transfer and policy learning, public sector innovation and e-Governance. Recently, Aleksandrs has been involved in a research project focusing on experimental approaches and institutional innovations in the domains of fiscal and financial policy, led by Prof. Ringa Raudla.

Education and career
Aleksandrs earned a BSc in civil engineering at Riga Technical University, an MSc in Business Economics at Aalborg University, and an MA and a PhD in Technology Governance at Tallinn University of Technology. 

Prior to his current engagement, and in addition to his academic activities, Aleksandrs worked as a civil servant in Latvia, and as a project manager of TOOP, a Horizon 2020-funded large-scale pilot project.

He has been awarded twice for the Best Comparative Paper Presented at a NISPAcee Annual Conference: in 2014 jointly with Dr Riin Savi, and in 2018 jointly with Prof. Ringa Raudla and Dr Egert Juuse. 

Dr Chris Giotitsas is a post-doctoral researcher for the COSMOLOCALISM project and a core member of the P2P Lab

Field of research
His work combines theories about technology and social movements to explore alternative trajectories of technological development. He primarily examines commons-oriented organisations producing open source technology.

Education and career
Chris has earned a BA in International and European Studies at the University of Macedonia, Greece, a MA in Technology Governance at Tallinn University of Technology, and a PhD at the School of Management, University of Leicester, UK, investigating free and open-source technologies and agricultural communities. 

In addition to working at the university, he is also a member of the editorial collective for the journal ephemera.

Dr Tayfun Kasapoglu is a postdoctoral researcher at the Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance. 

Field of research
He is mainly interested in critical data studies with a focus on socio-technical imaginaries of people who are likely to be subjects of data technologies. His current research focuses on perspectives of people on predictive policing, especially in border crossings that he studies as part of the "Critical Understanding of Predictive Policing" (CUPP) project. Tayfun is also interested in cases where data and knowledge are approached differently such as biohacking. He mainly uses qualitative methods and integrates projective techniques into his research.  

Education and career
Tayfun earned a BA in Translation and Interpreting Studies at Hacettepe University, Turkey and minored in Sociology during his BA studies. He holds a MA in Applied Sociology from Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Tartu, Estonia. He defended his PhD thesis titled “Algorithmic Imaginaries of Syrian Refugees: Exploring Hierarchical Data Relations from the Perspective of Refugees” in August 2021.

Indrek Meos is a lecturer at the Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance.

Indrek teaches BA courses on philosophy and logic at the Nurkse Department. He has also written several textbooks, the most recent of which are “Loogika. Argumentatsioon. Mõtlemiskultuur.” (Koolibri, 2003) and “Filosoofia sõnaraamat. Olulisi mõisteid, koolkondi, filosoofe, seisukohti.” (Koolibri, 2002). Recently, Indrek has focused on translating and editing, the most recent example of which is Ward Farnsworth's "Olla stoiline" translated from English into Estonian in 2021.

Indrek holds a bachelor's degree in Philosophy from Moscow State University and a master's degree from the University of Tartu.

Previously, Indrek has worked in several Estonian higher education institutions, teaching philosophy and aesthetics courses at the Estonian Academy of Arts and the Viljandi Culture Academy of the University of Tartu, among others.

In 2004 and 2010, the Estonian e-University awarded his e-courses which earned a title of an e-course of the year. Since the autumn semester of 2021, he has been using the e-learning environment he has created himself.

Dr. Alexandros (Alekos) Pantazis is a research fellow at the Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance. He is also a visiting lecturer at the Master's Degree in Political Ecology, Degrowth and Environmental Justice at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, and a Core Member of the P2P Lab research collective. 

Field of research
Alekos´ research is focused on the convergence of convivial technologies, commons, and peer-to-peer education. Currently, he acts as the principal investigator of SMOOTH (H2020) and ComPra (Erasmus+) projects on behalf of Tallinn University of Technology and deals with commons in youth education. His most recent publications and book chapters concentrate on educational commons and P2P learning.

Education and career
Alekos holds a BSc (5-years) in Environmental Engineering, a MSc in Nautical and Marine Science and a PhD in Technology Governance from Tallinn University of Technology. He has a Certificate of Pedagogy and Educational Proficiency. 

Alekos has been involved in international social movements, focusing on degrowth and the commons for 20 years. Moreover, Alekos has worked as a scientific assistant on European projects in the areas of commons, education and marine conservation and speaks four languages: English, Spanish, French, and Greek.

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Dr Alexandros (Alex) Pazaitis is a research fellow at the Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance and a core member of the P2P Lab research collective.

Field of research
His research focuses on the political economy of technology and the theory of value. His research interests include technology governance, innovation policy, digital commons, open cooperativism and distributed ledger technologies. He leads parts of the COSMOLOCALISM and CENTRINNO projects, focusing on the intersection between value and organisation in commons-based peer production and impact assessment, respectively. 

His publications focus on the intersection of value and organisation from the commons’ perspective and the implications for technology, innovation, and governance.  

For several years Alex co-taught the "Technology, Society & the Future" - a course for Technology Governance and Digital Transformation MA programme students. Currently, he is coordinating the "Contemporary Societal Challenges" course as part of the Public Administration BA programme

Education and career
Alex holds a BA in International and European Economic Relations from University of Macedonia, a MA and PhD in Technology Governance from Tallinn University of Technology.

Alex has extensive experience in research and innovation projects, as well as project management, and has worked as a consultant and advisor for private and public organizations in Greece and abroad.

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Dr Christina Priavolou is a civil engineer and a post-doctoral researcher at the Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance. She is also a core member of the P2P Lab.

Field of research
Christina is also a member of the COSMOLOCALISM research team where she coordinates the Sustainability Stream, evaluating products from an ecological economics perspective to enable the transition to sustainable production processes.

Christina has delivered lectures for the course of the MA in Technology Governance and Digital Transformations: “To Grow or not to Grow (the Economy)?” and the course of the BA in Public Administration: “Contemporary societal challenges: Rediscovering the commons amidst times of ecological crisis” at Nurkse Department.

Education and career
Christina holds a BSc (5-years) in Civil Engineering from the University of Patras, an interdisciplinary MSc in Environmental Development from the National Technical University of Athens and a PhD from Tallinn University of Technology on the development of an open construction systems framework as a possible sustainable paradigm in building construction.

Christina has two-year experience in both private and public sector works, including road and building construction. She is also an award winner for the Global Summer School on Digitize organised by the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia in 2018.

Research Fellow Dr. Riin Savi BA (University of Tartu) MA (University of Konstanz) PhD (Tallinn University of Technology) has previously worked at the University of Tartu at the Department of Research and Institutional Development. At TTÜ she has taught courses on Organization Theory and Project Management.

Contact: riin.savi@taltech.ee

Dr. Piret Tõnurist BA MA PhD (Tallinn University of Technology) MSc (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) is also an economist and policy analyst at the Observatory of Public Sector Innovation in OECD. She has previously worked as a consultant in the Parliament of Estonia, Riigikogu and as a performance auditor for the National Audit Office in the field of entrepreneurial and innovation policy. Her main research topics include public sector innovation, co-production, digitalisation, machine-to-machine coordination, innovation policy management (incl. state owned companies), behavioural public administration and energy technologies. She is a co-chair of the European Group for Public Administration permanent study group “Behavioural Public Administration.” She has also a specific interest in the development of Post-Soviet states in the Caucasus and Central Asia. The researcher has also a strong background in research methodologies in social sciences.

Contact: piret.tonurist@taltech.ee


Dr Matti Ylönen works as a lecturer in world politics at the University of Helsinki, and is currently visiting Nurkse Department, Tallinn University of Technology as a postdoctoral researcher funded by the Marie Curie Widening Fellowship grant. 

Field of research
His highly eclectic research agenda has focused on the tax avoidance policy and its governance, evolutionary approaches to corporate power, and the role of consultants in the public sector. Matti has published several books in Finnish on issues such as tax havens, the European debt crisis, and the World Bank and the IMF. Recently, he has published a peer-reviewed book in Finnish on evolutionary economics and the politics surrounding large digital platform companies. 

Education and career
Matti holds a MA in Political Science from the University of Tampere and he defended his PhD in World Politics in 2018 at the University of Helsinki, which was written while working as part of a larger research group based at the Aalto University Business School. 

In addition to visiting Tallinn, Ylönen spent 2016 as a Fulbright-Schuman grantee at Yale University. 

The University of Helsinki granted its 2019 PhD prize to him and in 2015, Yale University granted its Amartya Sen prize to his article that was later included in his thesis. 

Programme Directors

Research Fellow Dr. Egert Juuse BA MA PhD (Tallinn University of Technology) is the Coordinator for the MA in Technology Governance programme. Mr Juuse’s research interests include financial policy, economic development and innovation policy. He is a referee at the Estonian Athletics Association, Member of Panel and Area Technical Official at the European Athletics Association and member of Estonian Author’s Society and Estonian Performers Association.

Contact: egert.juuse@taltech.ee

Dr. Margit Kirs is a Research Fellow and Programme Director of Public Administration and Innovation Master Studies. Her research interests are related to the areas of innovation and high-technology policy, policy design and implementation with a particular emphasis on Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries. She has participated in a wide range of different publicly funded research projects, aimed at contributing to academic debate on contemporary trends and challenges in the aforementioned areas. But also to provide policy advice in its different forms (e.g. policy analyzes/evaluations, explorative case studies, local expertise) to different local (the Ministry of Education and Research, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, Estonian Research Council, National Development Fund, Tallinn City Government) as well as international (governmental) organizations (the European Commission, Institute of Prospective Technological Studies; Baltic Science Network). Her latest research activity is related to analysing governance structures and policy instruments facilitating transition towards bio-economy.

Contact: margit.kirs@taltech.ee

Lecturer Leno Saarniit BA MA (University of Tartu) is the Program Director of Bachelor studies. Since 2013 she has been the member of Public Service Ethics Council at the Ministry of Finance. In 2003-2007 she was a member of the work group responsible for the development of anti-corruption strategies at the Estonian Ministry of Justice and has previously worked at the Legal Chancellor’s Office and at Tartu City Government. In recent years she has taught introductory courses in Public Policy, Environmental Policy, Public Ethics and different policy analysis courses. Her research interests are public ethics, integrity management and anti-corruption policies.

Contact: leno.saarniit@taltech.ee


Doctoral Students



Ülly Enn is a PhD student and a junior research fellow at the Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance and a member of the interdisciplinary research collective P2P Lab. She is also a visiting lecturer of the University at Tartu Narva College.

Field of research
Ülly is a team member of EU Horizon 2020 project SMOOTH focusing on reversing social inequalities of children and young people through educational commons. Her main research interests include educational commons, social innovation, human-centered service design, youth and education issues and policies. 

Education and career
Ülly has graduated from Tallinn University: BA in Social Work and Psychology and MA (cum laude) in Social Work. 

She has 20+ years of experience in the fields of education and youth, in public sector innovation and EU policies, having worked at Education and Youth Board, Ministry of Education and Research, Permanent Representation of Estonia to the EU, European Commission’s SALTO-YOUTH Resource Centre etc.

She has contributed to numerous strategic initiatives on national and European levels, incl. to the work of the Advisory Group of the European Training Strategy of the European Commission (since 2022); as a Member of the Advisory Board for Tools for Learning Strategy 2021-2027 of EU Erasmus+ programme (2021); Steering group of the development process of the Youth Sector Development Plan 2021-2035 of Estonia (2020); kick-off of the Public Sector Innovation Lab at the Government Office of Estonia (2018); Chairing the Youth Working Party at the Council of the EU and representing Council in youth affairs during the Presidency of Estonia of the Council of the EU (2017). She has worked as a consultant and trainer with the Council of the European Union Secretariat, Prime Minister’s Office of Finland, ministries, local governments, umbrella and advocate organisations in Estonia and in other European countries. She has also been volunteering in the youth sector in Japan, Malaysia, Middle East and Russia.

Ülly has been honoured with the National Award for “Long term contribution to the Youth Sector“ by the Minister of Education and Research in Estonia (2016) and with the Certificate of Merit by Russian Federation and Bulgarian Youth Forum for support to international relations in the youth field between Russian Federation and Republic of Bulgaria (2004).

Ülly Enn and Märt Aro About Learning and Teaching. Smartly.

Girls & Women in Entrepreneurship: interviews with Mari-Liis Lind & Merili Ginter

New challenges and opportunities for innovative youth services



Palwasha Etebari is a PhD candidate and a junior research fellow at the Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance.

Field of research
Palwasha is pursuing her PhD in Public Administration and specializing in Technology Governance. Her main research focus is on the human-centered design approach in smart cities to improve social well-being, services and citizen satisfaction. Her other research interests include alternative approaches for implementing innovation policies in the public sector that focus on grand societal challenges in its context and empower citizen participation. She is also interested in applying solution-oriented research approaches and adopting design methods via design thinking processes to co-create human-centered solutions and services in smart cities. Naturally, she is also affiliated with the FinEst Twins project.

Education and career
Palwasha holds a BA in Computer Science from Kabul University, Afghanistan and a MA in Human-Computer Interaction (cum laude) from the School of Digital Technologies, Tallinn University, Estonia. 

Palwasha has worked as the acting head of the e-Government Resource Center (EGRC) in the Ministry of Communications and IT, Kabul Afghanistan. She has worked in public and private sectors for over a decade, and has experience in research project management, IT project management and coordination and also providing e-governance consultancy services to the Ministry of Communications and IT and other key ministries in Afghanistan. 

Iuliia Krivonosova has her BA degree in Political Science with distinctions from the Higher School of Economics, Russia, and MA degrees in Russian, Central and East European studies with distinctions from the University of Glasgow, UK and Jagiellonian University, Poland. Her research interests lie in the field of political parties and elections, hence she is currently involved in the Cost of Democratic Elections (CoDE) project under supervision of Prof. Robert Krimmer and Dr. David Duenas-Cid.

Contact: iuliia.krivonosova@taltech.ee

Mahardika (Dika) Fadmastuti is a PhD student and a junior research fellow at the Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance.

Field of research
Her research interests cover smarter governance instruments for smarter public services studied under the FinEst Twins project at TalTech. Her studies focus on how digital technologies are used as smart city governance instruments that lead to broader aspects of public services, urban development, growth of digital technology, and the emergence of major events (e.g. disasters, climate change, pandemic, economic crises), which have triggered the organizational shift in managing cities.

Education and career
Dika has graduated from the University of Indonesia with a BSc in Geography and a MSc in Environmental Science.  

Before her PhD studies, Dika was the Indonesian delegate for United Nations Public Service Forum in Azerbaijan (2019) and received an award for the Best Innovation in Climate Change Adaptation – Ensuring Integrated Approaches in the Public Sector Institutions category. She has contributed to the “Verschwindende Vermächtnisse: Die Welt als Wald [Disappearing Legacies: The World as Forest]” exhibition at the Zoological Museum Hamburg, Centrum für Naturkunde, University of Hamburg (2018). She has been a mentor for the iData studio by UNDP in Asia and the Pacific 2017. 

She has experience in disaster response and humanitarian coordination work since 2012. She worked as a Geographic Information System Specialist (2012-2015) at the Australia-Indonesia Facility for Disaster Reduction under Geoscience Australia. She continued to work as Geospatial Researcher, developing disaster monitoring tools with the SMART Infrastructure Facility, University of Wollongong, Australia (2015-2016) and Urban Risk Lab at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA (2016-2018). She has led the research and development of an award-winning platform (PetaBencana.id – Indonesia’s Disaster Map) and was also the board member of Peta Bencana Foundation, Indonesia.


Mergime Ibrahimi is a PhD student and a junior research fellow at the Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance. 

Field of research
Mergime´s research interests include data diversity, smart mobility, automated vehicles, and artificial intelligence. Her PhD thesis focuses on Datafication of Mobility: (Mis)Conceptions of diversity in a smart mobility context. She is doing her research as part of the FinEst Twins project where she is conducting an experiment using eye-tracking technology to study how people perceive and imagine the data being used in smart city projects. 

Mergime is a teaching assistant for the MA course of Recent Issues in Big Data and Governance at TalTech.

Education and career
Mergime holds a BSc (cum laude) in Public Policy and Management from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), a MSc in Public Sector Innovation and eGovernance from the Erasmus Mundus joint program organized by KU Leuven, the University of Münster, and Tallinn University of Technology.

She has also worked as a visiting scholar at the Center for Technology in Government (CTG) at the State University of New York as well as a researcher intern at eGovlab at the Department of Computer and Systems Sciences at Stockholm University. Recently, she has worked as a project assistant at the Ragnar Nurkse Department to the project: "Establishment of a laboratory for cognitive research to assess the social, economic and legal impacts of artificial intelligence".

Asimina (Mina) Kouvara is a PhD student and a junior research fellow at the Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance. She is also a P2P Lab affiliate.

Field of research
Her thesis explores sustainability in the context of commons-based peer-production and technology development, with a focus on vernacular, grassroots and non-western perspectives, as part of the COSMOLOCALISM project. Her research interests include technological sovereignty, degrowth, landscape governance, non-formal education and design justice.

Education and career
Asimina holds an integrated MA (5-year) in Architectural Engineering from the Technical University of Crete and a MSc in Environment & Development of Mountain Regions from the National Technical University of Athens.

Previously, she worked as an architect for the private and public sector in Greece and the UK, and is a founding and former core member of the NGO Boulouki that conducts research on traditional architecture.

Asimina has been awarded scholarships to train in traditional building and heritage management by the international NGO Cultural Heritage without Borders (CHwB), and attended the European Young Heritage Professionals Forum organized by UNESCO in 2019 as a representative of Greece. 

She is also a co-creator of the art initiative Quokka and a practitioner of Wudang internal martial arts.

Lucas Lemos is a PhD student and a junior research fellow at the Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance. He is also a member of the P2P Lab research collective. 

Field of research
His PhD thesis focuses on assessing the democratization and innovation potential of an emerging mode of production called Design Global, Manufacture Local, his areas of research interest include digital commons, open-source, distributed production, inclusive networked governance and community-embedded innovation. In addition, he is a Core Member of the European Research Council Starting Grant project COSMOLOCALISM and coordinated the project Distributed Design in 2020-21.

Lucas has taught several courses at TalTech, including the Special Course in Technology Governance and the Design & Technology Futures at MA level and the Contemporary societal challenges: Rediscovering the commons amidst times of ecological crisis at BA level.

Education and career
Lucas holds a BA in Sociology from the University of A Coruña (Spain) and an MA in Technology Governance and Digital Transformation from TalTech (Estonia).

In addition to his appointments at TalTech, Lucas has been a Guest Lecturer at Kozminski University (Warsaw, Poland). Currently, he acts as the general manager and administrator on the Management Board of the Fab City Foundation that supports the Fab City global initiative through the development of projects and educational programs that are focused on building the capacity of cities and their communities. 

Jaanus Müür has an MA degree in Technology Governance (cum laude) from Tallinn University of Technology. His PhD in Public Administration is focused on public sector innovation instruments. Jaanus is currently involved in two INTERREG projects. The first is "SOHJOA Baltic" where the aim is to integrate autonomous buses into the public transportation system in Tallinn. The second project is called "Smart-up BSR" which addresses the challenges that regions around the Baltic Sea face in implementing their regional research and innovation policies. Jaanus is also working for the Tallinn City Enterprise Department which is the main partner in "Smart-up BSR" project. Before starting his PhD studies, Jaanus was involved in the student movement and was the chairperson in the Federation of Estonian Student Unions which is the national umbrella organisation of local student unions.

Contact: jaanus.muur@taltech.ee

Colin van Noordt is an industrial PhD student at the Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance. 

Field of research
His PhD thesis focuses on the public value created using Artificial Intelligence technologies within public services. Colin’s research explores what is considered AI in government, which requirements and factors contribute to the adoption and implementation of AI within public administrations and whether AI technologies are capable of creating public value, and if so, how.

In combination with doing his PhD, Colin is working as an External Expert for the AI Watch team of the European Commission, contributing to the research activities on the use of AI within public services. In addition, Colin is Research Assistant to the InTouch.AI.EU project which aims to promote the EU vision on sustainable and trustworthy AI internationally.

He is a co-author of the influential “AI Watch Artificial Intelligence in public services” report from the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre and an author of various other AI Watch publications on the use of AI in government. Together with Yannis Charalabidis and Rony Medaglia, Colin is also a co-editor of the upcoming Research Handbook on Artificial Intelligence for Public Management published by Edward Elgar Publishing. 


Education and career
Colin earned a BA in Public Administration from the University of Leiden and a MSc in Public Sector Innovation and eGovernance from the Erasmus Mundus joint programme organised by the University of Leuven, the University of Münster and TalTech. He is also a graduate of the Honours College Expertise in Practice from the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs.

Previously, Colin has been part of the expert group on the "Exploring Digital Government Transformation (DigiGOV)" study from the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre. During his studies, in the years 2018 and 2019, he assisted the organisation of the high-level conference Tallinn Digital Summit as a trainee in the Estonian government and was an intern at the Dutch Senate. Currently, Colin is also advising the AI4GOV Steering Board of the Belgium government.

Colin’s work is internationally acknowledged, and actively used by the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Council of Europe, the OECD and various European Member States as part of their strategy, policy, research or publications regarding the use of AI in government. His research publication “The Use of AI in Public Services: Results from a Preliminary Mapping Across the EU International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance 2020” (written together with Gianluca Misuraca and Anys Boukli) was nominated as the Best Research Paper at the ICEGOV 2020 Conference.

Stimulating the uptake of AI in public administrations: Overview and comparison of AI Strategies of European Member States

Steven Nõmmik is a PhD student at the Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance.

Field of research
His PhD thesis focuses on the various forms of collaboration within the public sector to create and maintain innovation in collaborative processes and impacts being studied. His main research interests are related to public management, coordination, collaborative governance and innovation studies. He is currently involved in the research project “Machine learning and AI-powered public service delivery”. 

Steven is a member of the Master's thesis defence committee for the Public Administration and Innovation Master’s programme. Furthermore, he is a member of the Technology Governance and Digital Transformation Master’s programme council. He has taught undergraduate courses as well. He has been a TA for Classics of Social Sciences; European Union and Public Ethics and Corruption. As a lecturer, he has delivered a course about classics of social sciences. 

Education and career
He holds a BA in Public Administration and Governance and a MA in Technology Governance and Digital Transformation both from the Tallinn University of Technology. He also has work experience as a research assistant for the EUPACK project and the H2020 project TROPICO

He has been a recipient of the NISPAcee Best Graduate Student Paper Award at the 29th NISPAcee Annual Conference for his paper “Cross-organisational collaboration management of digital innovation in the public sector - the case of the Estonian Employment Register “.

Kerli Onno is an industrial PhD student at the Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance. 

Field of research
Her research focuses on the value of data capabilities in public sector organizations. As she works as the Head of the Analysis Unit at the Estonian Tax and Customs Board, she is deeply interested in the ways data capabilities support public sector organizations in adapting to the changing environments and in developing dynamic ways of operating to provide long-term public value. In addition, she is exploring various experimental approaches in public sector organizations and is involved in a research project “Experimental approaches and institutional innovations in the domains of fiscal and financial policy “.

Education and career
Kerli holds a MA in Communication Management (cum laude) from Tallinn University and a MA in Internal Security from the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences with a focus on media studies and strategic communication in national defence.

Pisith San is a Buddhist monk and a junior research fellow at the Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance. 

Field of research
He has been involved in the COSMOLOCALISM project since September 2019 to pursue a PhD that focuses on Buddhist Economics and Governance: Theravada Perspectives on Commons-Based Peer Production, Policy without Indicators, and Happiness and Public Purpose.

Education and career
Pisith received his BA from International Theravada Buddhist Missionary University, Myanmar and his MA from International Buddhist College, Thailand (Thesis passed with distinction).

He worked for Buddhism for Development (BFD) organization as a social community worker who assisted the program officer in developing plan, monitoring the human rights program, and helped the program officer to oversee and report program activities on the matter relating to the development and management of the BFD strategic program. He has also been a lecturer at Preah Sihanouk Raja Buddhist University, Battambang campus and has published or edited about i.e., “Cambodian Buddhists’ Response to the French Protectorate,” “The Contribution of King Asoka to Buddhism,” and “The Buddha’s View on the Influence of Friendship.”

Luiza Schuch De Azambuja is a PhD candidate and an junior researcher at the Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance. She is also a local Project Manager of the Erasmus+ "Strengthening Governance Capacity for Smart Sustainable Cities".

Field of research
Since 2013 Luiza has been researching Smart Cities and her current research is in the identification of drivers and barriers for the development of Smart Sustainable Cities and Smart Governance.

 Education and career
Her previous education includes two bachelor’s degrees and a master’s in Social Sciences. The bachelor’s in Business Administration - major in IT Management, at Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul - PUCRS, Brazil, and bachelor’s in Archives Management at UFRGS - Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. The master´s degree (cum laude) is the joint-master in Public Sector Innovation and eGovernance MSc., organized by KU Leuven, WWU Münster and TalTech. 

Luiza has 7 years of work experience in Brazil, including 6 years at Dell Computers (2008-2014) in positions as Change Manager, Configuration Manager and Business Analyst, and more than one year of e-gov project management in a R&D Smart City project with PUCRS and Huawei (2015-2016).

Radu Serrano is a PhD student at the Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance.

Field of research
His PhD focus is on cybersecurity governance, attempting to answer questions regarding the measurement and implementation of national cybersecurity policies.

He was involved in the Cost of Democratic Elections (CoDE) project under the supervision of Prof. Robert Krimmer and Dr. David Dueñas-Cid. Currently, he is also a Project Manager at the e-Governance Academy, where he is undertaking projects focused on e-democracy, smart governance and cybersecurity.

Education and career
Radu holds magna cum laude MSc in Public Sector Innovation and eGovernance, from the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree consortium consisting of KU Leuven, WWU Münster and TalTech, and a MA in Social Sciences (Public Sector Innovation and eGovernance) from TalTech.

Shobhit Shakya is a PhD student at the Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance

Field of research
His PhD research focuses on traditional cooperatives in Kathmandu Valley as part of the larger study in Non-Western Public Administration and Governance (NWPA). His other interest include applied Buddhism, anthropology of technology, Nepal and Himalayan studies, and international development. He has also contributed to the study of European public administration when he was involved in the Institutional Research Funding project "Challenges to state modernization in 21st century Europe: Theoretical developments and future scenarios (2014 − 2019)".

He has been the teaching assistant for the courses “Implementing Governance in a Diverse Globalized World” and “Technology, Society and the Future” since 2018. He has also delivered guest lectures in various courses taught at Nurkse Department and also delivered a guest lecture at Kozminski University.

Education and career
Shobhit earned his master’s degree at TalTech in e-Governance Technologies and Services. His previous degree was from Pokhara University in Nepal where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Engineering in Electronics and Communications Engineering. 

Before switching to academia, he was pursuing a career in tech and worked on several web solutions projects for companies in the UK, South Africa, Nepal and Estonia.

In 2019 he was elected as the PhD student representative for the department council of the Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance and the council of the School of Business and Governance at TalTech. 

Mariliis Trei is a Ph.D. student and a Junior Research Fellow at the Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance.

Field of research
Mariliis’s main research interests are public policy-making, evidence-based policy-making, public participation and non-governmental organisations. Her PhD thesis focuses on public sector coordination and horizontal policy-making and looks into the advantages and limitations of engaging stakeholders in policy-making for making well-informed decisions. Mariliis has been actively involved with the research projects “Coordination Instruments at the Center of Government: Opportunities and Limitations of Temporary Task Forces” and “Navigating the Storm: Small States in the EU”.

Education and career
Mariliis holds a BA in History from the University of Tartu and an MA in Public Administration from Tallinn University of Technology. She has previously worked as a consultant in the private sector and been involved in projects evaluating the creative industries and the use of EU Structural Funds in Estonia.

Alícia Trepat Pont is a PhD student and a junior research fellow at the Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance. She is also an affiliate of the interdisciplinary research collective P2P Lab

Field of research
Her PhD thesis, run under the project COSMOLOCALISM led by the P2P lab research group, focuses on self-organisation aspects of the communities that engage in building alternatives to the current socio-economic system. She takes special interest in the influence of emotions and their role in alternative ways of organising.  

Education and career
Her background is in International Trade (BA, Universitat Pompeu Fabra), Business Administration (BA, Universitat Pompeu Fabra), Marketing (MSc from the EAE Business School) and Corporate Social Responsibility, (MSc from the Vienna University of Applied Sciences). 

Alícia has been a designer and facilitator of participatory processes and shared-governance in more than 15 countries and with global teams around the world since 2016. She is an Ouishare connector and Greaterthan (Enspiral venture) associate. 

Nikiforos Tsiouris is a PhD student and a junior research fellow at the Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance. He is also a Fellow of the P2P Lab research collective.

Field of research
Nikiforos is pursuing a PhD on Governance of Smart Cities and is affiliated with the FinEst Twins Smart City project. His research interests include circular economy, smart city, commons and sustainability transitions. He has also been involved in REFLOW, an EU H2020 project seeking resilient solutions towards a circular economy, and the Tzoumakers, an open lab for communities to cooperatively design and manufacture tools for small-scale agricultural production.

Education and career
Nikiforos is a Civil Engineer and holds an Integrated MSc in Transportation and Project Management from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.