The team

The Blockchain and Society Lab is slowly winding down…

It has been a wild ride! We would like to thank all the Lab alumni for their hard work, dedication, scholarship, companionship!

This is who we were:

My name is Balazs Bodo, and I was the PI of this project. I’m a research scientist at the Institute for Information Law, University of Amsterdam.  I am a 2 time Fulbright Scholar (2006-7, Stanford University; 2012 Harvard University), and a former Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow (2013-15). I have a strong interdisciplinary background, Having a degree in Economics (MSc, Corvinus University, 1999), and a PhD in Media Studies (ELTE, 2011). In recent years I have worked on copyright piracy, and algorithmic information personalization.

Find me on the IViR website, on UvA, on Twitter, on ORCID, on SSRN, and on my personal webpage.

João Pedro studied Law at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa. He has an LL.M. in Intellectual Property and Competition Law at the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center in Germany (Ohem Prize recipient) and a PhD in law from the University of Amsterdam. He is currently a Postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at the IViR, where he focuses on information law matters, including intellectual property and the application of copyright in the online environment, as well as Blockchain law and policy. He is a member of the Blockchain & Society Policy Research Lab, and Managing Editor of the Kluwer Copyright Blog.  His publications are available on his IViR page or on his SSRN author page. You can also find him on Twitter @jpquintais.

Valeria Ferrari, was PhD candidate at the IViR, UvA. In 2017 she obtained a Law degree from the University of Trento. She successfully defended her PhD dissertation Money after Money Disassembling value/information infrastructures on the 19th of April!




Alexandra Giannopoulou was a postdoctoral researcher at the Blockchain and Society Policy Lab at the Institute for Information Law (IViR), University of Amsterdam. She was an associate researcher at the Institute for Communication Sciences (ISCC) in Paris, within the research group Information and Commons Governance and she has also worked as a research fellow at Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) in Berlin. Alexandra Giannopoulou is a graduate of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and of the University of Paris West Nanterre La Defense. She holds a PhD from the Center for Legal and Economic Studies of Multimedia (CEJEM) at the University of Paris II Pantheon-Assas, which was presented on December 2016. Her PhD thesis entitled “The Creative Commons licenses” and supervised by Professor Jérôme Huet evaluates the legal status of the Creative Commons licenses on an international, European and national scale and assesses the effects of Creative Commons (as a transnational copyright management system) to reforms of the current normative framework. During her doctoral studies, she was a visiting researcher at Stanford Law School supervised by Professor Paul Goldstein (2012) and a junior lecturer (ATER) at the University of Paris Ouest Nanterre la Défense (2014-2016).

Heleen Janssen was researcher within the Blockchain Society & Policy Research Team. She has a background and strong interest in law, technology & society. Her research focus will revolve around the governance of emerging data intermediaries that seek to empower individuals, communities, or perhaps SMEs, by offering them (tech & legal) data governance models. These may envisage an alternative to the (often) opaque business models, which entail systemic asymmetries of information and power. Heleen will focus on the role and influence of regulators in responding to questions and issues about power and control, which potentially arise from within and around the data governance models in these emerging tech/legal data intermediaries.

Tom Barbereau is a Doctoral Researcher at the University of Luxembourg with a background in Politics, Philosophy, & Economics (PPE) and the Sociology of Technologies. He is currently a Visiting Researcher at the IViR. Tom studies Web 3.0 topics including Decentralized Finance, Non-fungible Tokens, and Decentralized Autonomous Organizations. Beyond these, he researches at the intersection of governance and other distributed technologies, not least Federated Learning and Self-Sovereign Identity. 

Find his latest work on GoogleScholar or connect on Twitter.