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Dr. Dimitris Pettas


Dr. Dimitris Pettas

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow (IF)


TU Berlin
Hardenbergstraße 40 a
Sekr. B 4
10623 Berlin

Telefon: +30 6932489329
E-Mail: d.pettas@tu-berlin.de

Raum B


Project: Platform economy through assemblages. The development of short-term rental markets in Athens, Greece and Berlin, Germany (DweLinks)


DweLinks’ overarching goal is to explore the qualitative, geographical, and space-transformative characteristics of platform economy, and its development within complex, multi-leveled assemblages, in Athens, Greece and Berlin, Germany. More specifically, the project investigates the ways the emergence and establishment of digitally mediated, short-term renting (STR) markets, take place through i) the mobilisation and ii) the creation of ties and flows, among a variety of actors and networks. DweLinks’ major research hypothesis is that the development and establishment of STR activities is taking place through assemblages that employ, bring together, and mobilize human, material, and symbolic elements: urban and natural resources and assets (building stock, transport infrastructure, public spaces, sites of cultural and archeological interest, natural and cultural landscapes), labour, knowledge, services, historical meanings, and the notions of ‘sharing’ and ‘collaboration’. Through a qualitative methodology, heavily based upon assemblage thinking approaches, specifically Assemblage and Actor-Network Theories and the in-depth engagement with two study areas in each city, DweLinks will i) analyse and delineate the STR markets’ landscape in Athens and Berlin, through the exploration of their networks and actors, extent and limits, hybrid development, practices, role in socio-spatial transformations and differentiations, ii) enrich and inform ‘platform economy’ literature in the fields of urban studies, and social and economic geography, iii) inform policy agendas and regulatory frameworks and formulate policy directions, through the in-depth understanding of the development of the STR activity and its articulation in local sites and networks.


Dr. Dimitris Pettas holds a diploma from the University of Thessaly (Department of Urban and Regional Planning), an MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science (Department of Geography) and a PhD from the National Technical University of Athens (School of Architecture). He has worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Regional Development Institute (Panteion University), the National Technical Univeristy of Athens and the Research Centre for the Humanities. He has also been a lecturer in the Social and Solidarity Economy postgraduate programme at the Hellenic Open University. His research interests include the study of: the social production of public space, the development of platform economy and its impact on urban environment, the role of power relations and agency in modes of urban governance, the emergence and borader transformative potentionalities of grassroots collaborative and social/ solidarity economy initiatives, the exploration and comparative analysis of epistemological and ontological approaches concerning the production of urban environment and urban life.



10.2020 -

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow (IF) Institute of Urban and Regional Planning, Technical University of Berlin (TUB) Project: Platform economy through assemblages. The development of short-term rental markets in Athens, Greece and Berlin, Germany (DweLinks).
04.2020 - 09.2020
Postdoctoral Researcher Department of Economic and Regional Development, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences. Project: The co-production of urban space: the case of co-working spaces in a transnational (Greece, UK and Germany) case study approach (Urban CO-WORK).
08.2019 – 02.2020
Researcher Urban Environment Laboratory, School of Architecture, National Technical University of Athens. Project: Exploration of spatial strategies towards the connection and operative upgrading of public spaces in the municipality of Zografou, Greece.
01.2019 – 12.2019
Postdoctoral Researcher Research Center for the Humanities, Athens Project: Socio-spatial effects of the Airbnb short term rentals in the city of Athens.
10.2018 – 2.2020
Adjunct Lecturer Hellenic Open University, School of Social Sciences Programme: MSc in Social and Solidarity Economy



Publications (selected)
Balampanidis D., Papatzani E. and Pettas D. (forthcoming) Cities and Airbnb: A threat or an opportunity? Athens: Polis Publications. ISBN: 9789604356928 (In Greek).
Pettas D. and Daskalaki M. (forthcoming) Solidarity and collective forms of social reproduction: The social and political legacy of Syntagma Square, Athens. Social and Cultural Geography.
Avdikos V., Iliopoulou E. and Pettas D. (forthcoming) Social and solidarity economy co-location projects in times of urban austerity. In Kaika M., Calvaro R. and Velegrakis G. (eds.) The Political Ecology of Austerity, Routledge Publications.
Pettas D. (2019) Power relations, conflict and everyday life in urban public space. CΙΤY: Analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action 23 (2), 222-244. DOI:  10.1080/13604813.2019.1615763.
Balampanidis D., Maloutas T., Papatzani E. and  Pettas D. (2019) Informal urban regeneration as a way out of the crisis? Airbnb in Athens and its effects on space and society. Urban Research & Practice. DOI: 10.1080/17535069.2019.1600009.
 Balampanidis D., Papatzani E. and Pettas D. (2019) The spread of Airbnb in Athens: Effects on housing, institutional arrangements and “alternative” initiatives.  Geographies: A biannual review on spatial issues 33, 65-76 (In Greek).
Pettas D. (2018) Public space, cities & power. Athens: The Colleagues' Publications. ISBN: 9789609797702 (In Greek).
Pettas D. (2018) Struggles against exclusion in Exarcheia Square, Athens. Territorio 86, 157-166. DOI:  10.3280/TR2018-086020.
Pettas D. (2017) The production of space under the condition of conflict. In Maloutas T. and Spirellis S. (eds.) Athens Social Atlas [Available in English, French, and Greek, at www.athenssocialatlas.gr/en/article/space-under-the-condition-of-conflict/].



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