Journal of Peer Production (Journal)

  • Travlou, P. (Editor)
  • Panayotis Antoniadis (Associate editor)
  • Nicholas Anastasopoulos (Associate editor)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity


The special issue of the Journal of Peer Production on CITY (March 2018) showcases a wide variety of case studies in cities from different geographies of the Global North and Global South namely Barcelona, Berlin, Brisbane, Brussels, Ciudad Juárez, Dhaka, Genoa, London, Melbourne, Milan, New York, Paris, Rosario.

Some of those case studies focus more on peer production technologies and others more on the social and political processes on the ground, all with different research methodologies and approaches. They invite us to reflect on various forms of peer production of knowledge and representation of the city as a commons, where technology should be considered as both a tool (infrastructure) and a contested space. They look at challenges of governance focusing on citizen-driven models of peer production in the city where local governments are called to be in dialogue and build synergies with different stakeholder communities. They use participatory and collaborative methods to collect their data following co-creative research approaches. They are transdisciplinary as much as interdisciplinary in both the methodological and theoretical approaches taken by contributors who merge together urban studies, architecture, informatics, political and social sciences, and ethnography to name a few. The authors collaborated directly - as activists or through their research with other activists, communities and/or stakeholders- giving voice to all those involved in the making and sharing of those projects.

In numbers, there are eight case study research papers which have been peer-reviewed and revised through the particularly transparent review process of JoPP (i.e. for each of the peer-reviewed papers the originally submitted version, the reviews and the final feedback of reviewers on the revised version are made public) and four experimental contributions that have been reviewed by the special issue editors. The experimental pieces follow a less rigorous and more playful format, an interview with commentary, a dialogue, a call for participation, and an open-ended online article. They all invite the readers to follow up their stories in dedicated online venues, or even in face-to-face meetings, and participate in the form of peer production that they advocate for.

These twelve stories of peer production, most of them positive and encouraging, document and analyse different forms of citizen engagement and participation. They are good examples of situated action that can provide inspiration and eventually help to build tools, toolkits, best practices, patterns, and methodologies.

PeriodMar 2018
Type of journalJournal
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • hybrid city
  • urban commons
  • right to the city
  • participatory design, community-led design, action research, learning environments