Research groups

Digital Commons (DIMMONS)

Dimmons mission:
«Fostering socioeconomic innovation through research, methodological experimentation and action for a commons oriented society»
Research agenda:
The Dimmons research group at IN3 (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya) focuses on socio economic innovation connected to the challenges and opportunities open up by the digital revolution sphere, and more concretely, on collaborative economy and the commons. Other terms adopted on certain occasions to refer to these topics are social innovation, common based peer production (CBPP), platform/open cooperativism, or sharing economy. These phenomena are approached from three perspectives:
  • Economics: Emergence and economic implications of collaborative production, the configuration of a new production model based on open knowledge, level of economic activity and business models.
  • Public policies: Policy co-creation and political innovation in emerging areas of public policy, and conflict and social mobilization associated with the regulations of socio economic innovation.
  • Methodological innovations and future studies: Open science and methodological innovation emerging from collaborative economy applied to research and other ambits. Governance dilemmas and potential scenarios linked to highly innovative frontiers opened up by technological development.
In relation to those objectives, Dimmons is also aligned with different Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations in 2015. Specially with goal number 8: Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all.
Dimmons is a SGR Group (“emergent research group” oficially recognized by AGAUR, research agency from the Catalan Generalitat Goverment) with registration number 2017 SGR 1590.

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Guiding principles:
Action oriented: Oriented to impact action and advance change in the resolution of social challenges and  taking advances of societies opportunities.
  • Research to inform and improve the design of organizational processes, economic models, policies, legal issues and technology.
  • Economic impact of research, favouring the exploration of results and a system transition towards an economy that puts people in the center.
  • Promoting an empowering and sustainable relation with technology.
Research excellence and quality: High research performance, talent, and rigor.
Transdisciplinary to tackle challenges from diverse perspectives.
  • Mission oriented research more than method or disciplinary oriented.
  • Considering socioeconomic, gender, environmental perspectives.
Methodological pluralism and experimentation (intensive use of cocreation, collaborative, visual and data oriented methods). 
  • Research management innovation: exploring agile methods, mutual care and gender dynamics. 
Open knowledge
  • Lean approach, reproducibility and multi targets communication.
  • 100% publications in open access.
  • Publication of open data and research toolkits.
Transparency: Public, transparent and accountable processes regarding partners, impact and sources of funding.
Knowledge cocreation: Openness as part of a cocreation ecosystem (versus closed group “Ivory tower style”).
  • Favoring an ecosystem of plural modes of engagement.
  • Intense efforrt dedicated to disseminate and create relations and feed community building (meetings, collaborations, events).
  • Collaborations with civil society, policy makers, economic actors and other research institutions.
Glocal: Global and local alliances, perspective and links to Barcelona, Catalonia and internationally.
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Barcelona UOC Chair in Digital Economy

Management of Barcelona UOC Chair in Digital Economy: for a Platform Economy focused on the people’s welfare and the right to the city (Open_Chair), result of an agreement between the Open University of Catalonia, the Barcelona city Council and Barcelona Activa

The Open_Chair’s purpose is to promote strategic actions, connections, work dynamics, and instruments for public policies and cities’ ecosystems to be able to face the challenges raised by Platform Economy as well as to take advantage of the opportunities it offers through its development and its democratization based on public policies co-creation, entrepreneurship promotion and training. Its main programme is MatchImpulsa, a transversally feminist hub of programs for the digital platformization of the Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) and Collaborative Economy of the city of Barcelona.


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