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Ileana Apostol (PhD Planning University of Southern California, Los Angeles) is a researcher of spatial production in the information age, a lecturer in urban sociology at ETH Zurich, and co-founder of Zurich-based NetHood association. By claiming the right to the hybrid city, she engages with neighborhood action groups and with interdisciplinary research teams that explore ways of living sustainably in the city. Previously Ileana has taught urban planning and design in Los Angeles at California Polytechnic University and University of Southern California, and in Bucharest at the University of Architecture and Urbanism.

Panayotis Antoniadis has an interdisciplinary profile with background on the design and implementation of distributed systems (Computer Science Department, University of Crete), Ph.D. on the economics of peer-to-peer networks (Athens University of Economics and Business), post-doc on policies for the federation of shared virtualized infrastructures (UPMC Sorbonne Universités), and interdisciplinary research with urban planners on the role of ICTs for bridging the virtual with the physical space in cities (ETH Zurich). Panayotis as co-founder of NetHood is currently active in the organization of various interdisciplinary events that aim to bring together researchers, practitioners, and activists from various fields around the participatory design of hybrid urban space combining self-organization practices in the areas of digital commons, cooperative housing, complementary currencies, community centers, and community supported agriculture.

Jens Martignoni studied mechanical engineering at Technikum Winterthur and economy in Nonprofit-Management at the University of Fribourg/Switzerland. He is working for many years in research and development of new economy systems and community currencies. He was co-founder of the Flecü-currency, an innovative community currency approach between 1992-96 in Zurich and has a broad experience in developing civil-society and sustainable-living initiatives. He is currently Senior Researcher and Lecturer on Project Management at the ZHAW School of Management and Law. He is also the CEO and head of research of FleXibles - Association for the investigation of new-economy and Lecturer at the Swiss Distance University of Applied Science. His focus are systemic approaches and modelling of economical and currency phenomenas within communities or cooperative structures. His special interest applies to currencies for cooperatives and he developed the „Quartierwaehrung“ a currency for housing cooperatives and neighborhoods, which he further developed through his engagement with NetHood in the netCommons project.

Philipp Klaus (Dr. sc.nat.) is a social and economic geographer. His field of research is urban development with focuses on cultural production, subculture, creative industries, alternative spaces, their role in neighbourhoods as well as in the global competition among cities. At the moment he researches on event cultures, community oriented wireless technologies and models of sociocultural services in suburban municipalities. He edited a series of books and published many articles in journals and newspapers. Also, he regularly gives interviews in local and national Swiss media. In 2003 he started the private and independent INURA Zurich research Institute together with Chris Lüthi (today at Federal Aquatic Research EAWAG) and Richard Wolff (today vicemayor of Zurich). Since 1999 Philipp Klaus is the secretary of the International Network for Urban Research and Action INURA. He teaches sociology in planning at the ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Polytechnic Institute). In the context of the CROCHET project, Philipp Klaus is engaged through NetHood in leading a 1.5 year knowledge exchange process with the Institute for Political Ecology in Croatia, under the framework “Strengthening Croation-Swiss Partnerships for Local Social and Economic Growth and Development” (2019-2020).

Evgenia Tsianou is a science communicator with a background in environmental engineering (Dip.Democritus Uni of Thrace) and climate science (MSc. ETH Zürich). She has worked in Tunisia, Greece, Germany and Switzerland and she has participated in educational programmes in Thailand and Japan. For the last 15 years, she has initiated, developed and implemented projects of various formats (more than 35 activities). She is a co-founder of bioco, a Community Supported Agriculture organisation of the region Baden-Brügg. What all these activities have in common is to provoke dialogue and collaboration among different groups of people, such as researchers with product designers, farmers or policy makers and industry. For the last three years, she has performed science communicator duties on six projects, including Horizon 2020 and other EU funded projects under DISSCO l DISsemination SCience Communication mainly on circular economy topics. Evgenia is engaged with NetHood in a knowledge exchange process for developing more participatory and social Community Supported Agriculture models between researchers and activists in Switzerland and Greece.

Former team members

Thomas Raoseta is an architect (MSc ETA Arch 2012), with own office since 2012, awarded with the Norman Foster Solar Award 2013. He is active since the 90s in various experiments with novel forms of co-living, and played a key role in many of them like being co-founder of the cooperative housing project Kalkbreite. Today Thomas is a board member of NeNa1, a new ”young” cooperative housing and living initiative, member of Neustart Schweiz, and board member of Forum 5im5i.ch. In the context of these activities he curated recently an exhibition on the Dreieck cooperative housing project titled ”utopia turns into a role model” at Photobastei in Zurich, linking the lessons learned in co-housing with current debates in urban design. Thomas is co-founder of the L200 association engaged in the shaping of the L200 space, as a living lab in the city center. Thomas is also an autodidact in software development, and has worked for SSR-Reisen (self-governed tour operator later acquired by STA Travel), Day Software (internet startup, which became part of Adobe later on), Roche Diagnostics (test manager for TAQscreen FDA validation).

Alexandros Papageorgiou is a Social Anthropologist. After obtaining his bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Piraeus, he continued his studies at an undergraduate and postgraduate level in Social Sciences at the University Paris 5 - René Descartes. He obtained his second master’s degree in Social Anthropology at the University of Thessaly, where he is currently enrolled as a PhD candidate. His research focuses on knowledge transfer processes in collaborative networks. Through his training and experience Papageorgiou contributes to NetHood’s work on participatory design with ‘thick’ ethnographic accounts that foster self-reflexion. In the context of his collaboration with NetHood, he has contributed to the netCommons and the Heteropolitics Horizon 2020 projects and has become a COST Action member. In past research he has studied processes of acculturation through bodily practices, as well as the role of social media in the 2013 Brazilian uprising. Papageorgiou has also worked as a translator. He speaks greek, english, french, german, italian, portuguese and spanish.