Anne-Pauline De Cler is an interdisciplinary scholar with an academic background in economics. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in economic sociology at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers in Paris, France. Her research centers on the institutions of the sharing economy and their alternatives in the food sector. Anne-Pauline is particularly interested in how these institutions can scale beyond the local level.
As an ICDE fellow, Anne-Pauline will be investigating the Open Food Network, a non-profit that distributes a platform or “digital food commons” across approximately twenty local ‘antennas’ that are federated at the transnational level. Her research will focus on comparing cooperatives that are developing in France, the USA, and Catalonia, and examining the forms of labor and regulation that constitute them. Her goal is to understand what makes them more or less viable and capable of transforming the institutional landscape as a whole. Through her research, Anne-Pauline aims to shed light on the ways in which cooperatives can contribute to building more sustainable and just economies.