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Mayo Fuster Morell

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Residence  Barcelona, Spain
Nationality  Spanish
Name  Mayo Morell

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Born  Mayo Fuster Morell 8 December 1975 (age 40) Oliva, Spain (1975-12-08)
Fields  Commons-based peer production, Online communities, Social movements
Institutions  Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Berkman Center for Internet & Society
Doctoral advisor  Donatella della Porta, Joan Subirats
Known for  Governance of Commons-based peer production
Alma mater  University of Valencia, Rovira i Virgili University, EUI
Influenced by  Yochai Benkler, Elinor Ostrom, Howard Rheingold
Institution  Autonomous University of Barcelona, Berkman Center for Internet & Society

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Mayo Fuster Morell (born 1975, Oliva (Valencia)) is an activist and social researcher. Her research has focused on 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 activist, she is the co-founder of multiple initiatives around digital Commons and Free Culture.


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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).

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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. She combined a large N statistical analysis and case study comparisons (World Social Forum, Flickr, Wikihow and Wikipedia).


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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. 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).

In 2011, she became fellow of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society (Harvard University), and for two years she researched there in the dimension, evolution and governance of Commons-based peer production under the supervision of Yochai Benkler. 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, coming back to the Institute of Government and Public Policies where she founded the IGOPnet research group. In 2014 she won the prestigious 5-year scholarship Ramón y Cajal.

Activist & Social Engagement

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, 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.

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. 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.

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.

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, the Escuela de los Commons in Barcelona, the Digital Commons Global Forum, while participating or being invited to many others. She collaborates with Spanish left-winged newspaper El Diario.


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. Her research on Wikipedia and on its governance is considered a reference on the field by media, and academics. and her works comparing the grassroots movements with the digital Commons have attracted international interest. She has contributed to major pieces of work concerning Open Data and Cultural Commons. She is Principal Investigator in the P2Pvalue European Project, where she has led the creation of the Directory of Commons-based peer production initiatives, a unique contribution to the field.

Scientific and social recognitions

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

  • Fuster Morell, M. (2012). The free culture and 15M movements in Spain: Composition, social networks and synergies. Social Movement Studies, 11(3-4), 386-392.
  • Morell, M. F. (2011). The Unethics of Sharing: Wikiwashing. International Review of Information Ethics, 15, 09.
  • Morell, M. F. (2010). Participation in online creation communities: Ecosystemic participation. In Conference Proceedings of JITP 2010: The Politics of Open Source, Vol. 1, pp. 270–295.
  • Fuster Morell, M. (2010). Governance of Online Creation Communities: Provision of infrastructure for the building of digital commons (PhD Thesis). European University Institute
  • Wainwright, H., Berlinguer, M., Fuster Morell, M., & Subirats, J. (2007). Networked Politics: An inquiry into rethinking political organization in an age of movements and networks. Rome: XL edizioni.
  • References

    Mayo Fuster Morell Wikipedia