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Mayo Fuster Morell

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Mayo Fuster Morell
Mayo Fuster Morell

(1975-12-08) 8 December 1975 (age 48)
Oliva, Valencia, Spain
Alma materUniversity of Valencia, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, European University Institute
Known forGovernance of Commons-based peer production
Scientific career
FieldsCommons-based peer production, online communities, social movements
InstitutionsUniversitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Berkman Center for Internet & Society
Doctoral advisorDonatella della Porta, Joan Subirats

Mayo Fuster Morell (born 1975) is a social researcher. Her research has focused on sharing economy, social movements, online communities and digital Commons, frequently using participatory action research and method triangulation. She has been part of the most important research centres studying Internet and its social effects, including the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, the MIT Center for Civic Media or the Berkeley School of Information. As an active citizen, she is the co-founder of multiple initiatives around digital Commons and Free Culture, such as the Procomuns Forum on collaborative economy.[1]


Her inter-disciplinary background is grounded in a wide range of academic studies. She has degrees on Economics (University of Valencia) and Anthropology (Universitat Rovira i Virgili), several post-graduate studies (University of London, Universitat Rovira i Virgili), a MPhil in NGO management (Universidad Complutense de Madrid), and MPhil and PhD in Social and Political Science (European University Institute, Florence).[2]

Her PhD thesis, supervised by Donatella della Porta, performed the first large quantitative study on Commons-based peer production communities, providing insights on their governance and infrastructure provision.[3] She combined a large N statistical analysis and case study comparisons (World Social Forum, Flickr, wikiHow and Wikipedia).


During her PhD, in 2008, she was visiting researcher at the School of Information, University of California Berkeley (sponsored by Howard Rheingold and Coye Cheshire) and provided teaching assistance at the Communication Department – Stanford University.[4] In 2010, she was postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Government and Public Policies (Autonomous University of Barcelona) and visiting scholar at the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (Open University of Catalonia).[5]

In 2011, she became a fellow of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society (Harvard University), and during two years she researched there in the dimension, evolution, and governance of Commons-based peer production under the supervision of Yochai Benkler.[2] In 2012, she was visiting scholar at the MIT Center for Civic Media.

In 2013 she earned the Juan de la Cierva Spanish postdoctoral scholarship,[6] coming back to the Institute of Government and Public Policies where she founded the IGOPnet research group.[7] In 2014 she won the prestigious 5-year scholarship Ramón y Cajal.[8] From 2016 to 2024 she has director of the research group on digital commons Dimmons[9] in the IN3 at Open University of Catalonia.[10] In 2024 (and since 2013) she is Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center.[11]

Activist and social engagement[edit]

Fuster Morell at Wikimania 2012 Opening Ceremony at the Library of Congress

She started her activist engagement in the Anti-globalization movement, participating in the 2000 protests in Prague, engaging with the Catalonia's Movement de Resistencia Global (MRG) and Peoples' Global Action networks,[12] and later actively participating in the series of World Social Forums and European Social Forums. More recently, she joined the 15-M Movement and Occupy Wall Street.[13][14]

In 2004, with Jeff Juris and Enric Duran, she co-funded "Glocal, Centre de Recerca" (Glocal, Research Center), an association dedicated to social research and skill creation for activism.[15] Under this frame, she co-created the cooperative space "Infoespai" (or Infospace) and Guia util per la transformació social (Useful Guide for the Social Transformation in Catalonia), both considered precedents of Enric Duran's subsequent popular projects.[16]

Between 2006 and 2009 she co-promoted Networked Politics, a series of international creative seminars remixing people from different generations and political histories as a contribution to the debates and practical experiments concerning new forms of political organisation.[12][17]

She has been co-founder of multiple initiatives around digital commons, such as the IGOPnet research group, the Free Culture Forum (2009 & 2010), the International Commons Conference 2010,[18] the Escuela de los Commons in Barcelona,[19] the Digital Commons Global Forum,[20] while participating or being invited to many others.[21][22][23] In 2011, she appeared in the Wikipedia donation banners.[24] She collaborates with Spanish left-wing newspaper Eldiario.es.[25] She is the promoter of Procomuns Forum on collaborative economy.[26]


Mayo Fuster Morell has been the lead researcher of Dimmons Research Group of the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute of the Open University of Catalonia (UOC), and the director of the Barcelona UOC Chair in digital economy: for a sharing economy focused on people’s welfare and the Right to the City[27] gathering the UOC, the Barcelona City Council and Barcelona Activa.

She has been the UOC’s lead researcher of the National program project "Gender Digital project on gender equality in the digital sphere", and the European H2020 projects: PLUS: Platform Labor in Urban Spaces[28] and DECODE: Building the next generation of cooperative data platforms for digital sovereignty,[29] and P2Pvalue: Techno-social platform for sustainable models and value generation in commons-based peer production.[30] Furthermore, Dimmons Research Group promoted feminist digitalization of social economy though Matchimpulsa.barcelona, an enterprises promotion program of 130 companies in Barcelona.[31]

She has published more than 70 papers in the topics of social movements, online communities, commons-based peer production, Internet and politics, and public policies. Her works on governance of commons-based peer production are considered pioneering in the field.[32][33] Her research on Wikipedia and on its governance is considered a reference on the field by media,[34] and academics.[35][36] and her works comparing the grassroots movements with the digital Commons have attracted international interest.[37][38][39] She has contributed to major pieces of work concerning Open Data[40] and Cultural Commons.[41] She was Principal Investigator in the P2Pvalue European Project,[42] where she led the creation of the Directory of Commons-based peer production initiatives, a unique contribution to the field.[43] She leads the first COST Action on platform economy, which applies an intersectional feminist approach.[44]

Scientific and social recognitions[edit]

  • Advisory board of the Open Media Cluster (Italy)
  • Affiliate member of The Network of Excellence in Internet Science.
  • Board member of the Open Knowledge Foundation – Spanish Chapter.[45]
  • Editorial board of the Journal of Peer Production[46]
  • Member of the Research Committee of the Wikimedia Foundation[47]
  • Member of the steering committee of the Internet and Politics Standing group of the European Consortium of Political Science

Selected works[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Economies Col·laboratives Procomuns | Barcelona – Polítiques, Tecnologies i Ciutat per a les persones. Polítiques i programari lliure per al Procomú". procomuns.net (in Catalan). Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Mayo Fuster Morell profile in the Berkman Center". Berkman Center for Internet and Society (Harvard University). Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  3. ^ Fuster Morell, Mayo (2010). Governance of online creation communities: Provision of infrastructure for the building of digital commons. Florence: European University Institute (PhD Dissertation).
  4. ^ "Mayo Fuster profile". UC Berkeley School of Information. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  5. ^ "Mapeo de las comunidades de creación en Internet con el fin de desarrollar "digital commons"". Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (Open University of Catalonia). Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  6. ^ ANEXO: SUBVENCIONES DEL PROGRAMA JUAN DE LA CIERVA CONCEDIDAS POR LA RESOLUCIÓN DE 05/12/2011 (PDF) (Report). Madrid: Ministry of Science & Innovation. 5 December 2011. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  7. ^ "IGOPnet: Internet, Politics & Commons". Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  8. ^ Propuesta de Resolución Definitiva de la convocatoria 2013 del Subprograma Ramón y Cajal del Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad (PDF) (Report). Madrid: Ministry of Economy & Competivity. 23 September 2014. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  9. ^ "Digital Commons Research Group – Digital Commons Research Group". dimmons.net. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  10. ^ "Mayo Fuster: "The international financial system impedes the growth of the collaborative economy"". www.uoc.edu. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  11. ^ "Mayo Fuster Morell | Berkman Klein Center". cyber.harvard.edu. 2023. Retrieved 20 April 2024.
  12. ^ a b "Mayo Fuster Morell in Networked Politics". Networked Politics. 13 July 2007. Archived from the original on 4 April 2011. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  13. ^ Bel, Josep; López Arnal, Salvador (1 December 2009). "Interview to the researcher Mayo Fuster Morell about ICT and political action". Rebelion.org. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  14. ^ "El Foro Social constata que las instituciones han adoptado su lenguaje y propuestas". El País. 18 June 2005. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  15. ^ "Infoespai Assembly minutes". 4 November 2009. Archived from the original on 6 March 2016. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  16. ^ "Background". Cooperativa Integral Catalana. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  17. ^ "Networked Politics". About. Archived from the original on 14 December 2014. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  18. ^ "International Commons Conference 2010". Heinrich Böll Foundation. 17 April 2013. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  19. ^ "Escuela de Commons". P2P Foundation. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  20. ^ "Building Digital Commons". 29 October 2011. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  21. ^ Cheng, Denise (16 November 2002). "Lessons Learned From Sandy 'HurricaneHackers' Projects - Idea Lab". PBS. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  22. ^ "Mayo Fuster Morell profile in re:publica". re:publica. 2 May 2012. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  23. ^ "Mayo Fuster Morell - ECC 2013". Economics and the Commons Conference 2013. 22 May 2013. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  24. ^ "La Wikipedia aconsegueix unes donacions de $USD 16 milions. El seu fundador Jimmy Wales agraeix a tots els donants el seu esforç". RacoCatalà (in Catalan). Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  25. ^ "Mayo Fuster Morell profile". Newspaper ElDiario.es. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  26. ^ "Economies Col·laboratives Procomuns | Barcelona – Polítiques, Tecnologies i Ciutat per a les persones. Polítiques i programari lliure per al Procomú". procomuns.net (in Catalan). Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  27. ^ "Càtedra Barcelona - UOC d'Economia Digital". www.uoc.edu. Retrieved 15 November 2021.
  28. ^ "PLUS – Platform Labour in Urban Spaces". Retrieved 15 November 2021.
  29. ^ "DECODE". DECODE. Retrieved 15 November 2021.
  30. ^ "P2Pvalue blog". P2Pvalue blog. Retrieved 15 November 2021.
  31. ^ "About MatchImpulsa". Matchimpulsa (in Catalan). Retrieved 15 November 2021.
  32. ^ Gorenflo, Neal; Bauwens, Michel; Restakis, John (30 March 2014). "Interview to Enric Duran about the Catalan Integral Cooperative". Kaos en la Red. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  33. ^ "Mayo Fuster Morell on the Spanish Revolution & the Internet: From Free Culture to Meta-Politics". NYC General assembly (Occupy movement). 22 November 2011. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  34. ^ Sterling, Bruce (9 May 2011). "Critical Point of View: A Wikipedia Reader". WIRED. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  35. ^ Dijck, Jose van (2 January 2013). The Culture of Connectivity: A Critical History of Social Media. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199970797.
  36. ^ "Fuster Morell: The Role of the Wikimedia Foundation and the Form and Geopolitics of its Internationalization". Institute of Network Cultures. 27 March 2010.
  37. ^ Di Siena, Domenico (5 June 2013). Think Commons - Mayo Fuster Morell - Digital Commons. Think Commons. Event occurs at 5340 seconds. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  38. ^ Mayo Fuster: "En el mundo digital hay producción social, pero no economía social" - Vídeo - CCCB LAB. Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona. 20 February 2014. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  39. ^ "Mayo Fuster Morell in the P2P Foundation". P2P Foundation. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  40. ^ "The Institute's Book about Open Knowledge out now". The Finnish Institute in London. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  41. ^ Fuster Morell, M. J. (2013). "Online creation communities viewed through the analytical framework of the institutional analysis and development". In Madison; Strandburg, K.; Frischmann, B. (eds.). Convening Cultural Commons. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9781234567897.
  42. ^ "Mayo Fuster Morell profile in the P2PValue Project". Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  43. ^ Sterling, Bruce (13 March 2014). "The Directory of Commons-Based Peer Production". Wired. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  44. ^ COST Association (14 September 2022). "CA21118 - Platform Work Inclusion Living Lab (P-WILL)". COST: European Cooperation in Science & Technology. Retrieved 20 April 2023.
  45. ^ "Junta directiva". OKFN Spain. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  46. ^ "Editorial Board". Journal of Peer Production. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  47. ^ "Research:Committee". Wikimedia Foundation. Retrieved 7 December 2014.

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