Registration for 1st IASC Thematic Conference on Urban Commons (Bologna, Italy, 6-7 November 2015) now open

The Laboratory for the Governance of Commons (LABGOV) and the Urban Law Center of Fordham University will host the 1st IASC Thematic Conference on the Urban Commons, to be held in Bologna (Italy), 6-7 November 2015. Inspired by the recently implemented Bologna Regulation on Collaboration for the Care and Regeneration of the Urban Commons, as well as by other commons-based experiments in cities around Italy by the LabGov project (e.g. Co-Mantova, Co-Battipaglia, and Co-Palermo), this conference will bring together leading scholars, researchers, policymakers, practitioners, and social innovators to take stock of the developments in the interdisciplinary study of the urban commons and related questions of urban governance. The conference will focus on six different thematic tracks. Tine De Moor, President of the IASC, will be one of the keynote speakers at this conference.

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New publication on reconstructing historical populations from genealogical data

Team member Corry Gellatly is the author of the chapter 'Reconstructing Historical Populations from Genealogical Data Files', which forms part of the edited book Population Reconstruction, edited by Gerrit Bloothooft et al. In his chapter, Gellatly explores the advantages of the use of genealogical data (such as combining information from many sources into a format structured by family relations and descendancy) for studying the dynamics of population change over generations, while also adressing the issue of how to assess the quality of data and which measures to put in place to detect and correct errors in those data. The other chapters in Population Reconstruction also deal with issues involved in using historical data in population reconstruction research.  > Click here for editor's info on the book

Call for panels, papers, and posters Regional European Conference (Bern, 10-13 May 2016) - deadline for abstracts 30 October 2015

The organizers of the 4th Regional European IASC-Conference welcome abstract proposals for panels, papers, and posters for the 4th Regional European IASC-Conference, to be held in Bern, 10-13 May 2016. The main theme of the conference will be 'Commons in a "Glocal" World: Global Connections and Local Responses'. This conference therefore aims to look at the interfaces between local and global processes in order to bring together research arenas that have often been kept quite separate until now. We especially welcome contributions that aim to address the above mentioned themes through novel forms of integrating theoretical approaches. In addition, the focus of the conference will be on a dialogue among representatives of different academic disciplines (e.g. geography, social anthropology, history, development studies, economics, political science, and law) and between academics and non-academic actors (e.g. practitioners, business representatives, policy makers, or NGOs).. > Click here for the call

New case study on Dutch common online

Jaap van Soest in 2013 published a booklet on the dissoulution process of the Dutch common Marke Diepenheim. This publication described in detail the organizational, financial, and judicial aspects this specific common faced in the mid-nineteenth century, a time at which most of the Dutch commons were divided and dissolved. Based on Van Soest's publication, a case study for this marke has been created and added to our overview of case studies on this website. > Click here for the case study

Symposium 'The road to a sustainable labour market'

On 14 October 2015, Utrecht University organizes the symposium 'Blik op Wetenschap: op weg naar een duurzame arbeidsmarkt' ['View on science: the road to a sustainable labour market']. The focus of this symposium will be on exploring which changes in legislation and regulation are required and/or desired to establish a sustainable labour market. Attention will also be paid to the changing roles of the various participants of the labour market. The symposium is based on a publication by six professors from various disciplines within Utrecht University: Paul Boselie (Strategic Human Resource), Tanja van der Lippe (Sociology of households and labour relations), Tine De Moor (Economic and Social History), Frans Pennings (Labour Law and Social Insurance Law), Joop Schippers (Labour Economy) en Toon Taris (Psychology of Labour and Health); the publication will be presented at this symposium. Next to the authors Joop Schippers, Paul Boselie, and Tine De Moor, keynote speaker Mariëtte Hamer (Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands, SER),  will also reflect on this publication. The symposium will be in Dutch. > Click here for more info

New publication on the relevance of historical comparisons for present-day dilemmas

Team member Anita Boele is one of the authors of the recent publication 'Vroeger voor vandaag. Heden-verledenvergelijkingen voor praktisch gebruik' ['The past for the present. Historical comparisons for practical use'], published in the most recent Beleid en Maatschappij [Policy and Society] magazine. Boele and co-authors Arjan van Dixhoorn and Pepijn van Houwelingen focus on how historians could offer new insights for present-day dilemmas by (re)discussing historical events and constellations and the effects this analysis might have for present-day societal issues.  > Click here for the article (PDF)

New book on 'The Dilemma of the Commoners' published

In its Political Economy of Institutions and Decisions Series, Cambridge University Press just published a new book by Tine De Moor, entitled The Dilemma of the Commoners. Understanding the Use of Common Pool Resources in Long-Term Perspective. In this book, De Moor addresses one of the classic problems in social science, known as 'the dilemma of the commons', in which land, water, and other resources held jointly by social or economic segments tend to be depleted sooner and to a greater extent than privately held assets. During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, many aspects of western European society changed fundamentally, including the abolition of common-property rights, which in itself was related to social and economic shifts in that same society. This book intends to put the debate on commons, commoners, and the disappearance of both throughout early modern and modern northwestern Europe in a new light, through new approaches and innovative methodologies, linking also the historical debate about the long-term evolution of commons to the present-day debates on common-pool resources, as well as touching upon various disciplines within the social sciences that work on commons issues.

> Click here for the publishers webpage   > Click here for the Google Scholar page on this book

IASC announces 5 new conferences for 2015-2017

At the XV IASC Biennial Conference, which was held in Edmonton last month, the IASC has announced 5 new conferences to be held within the next two years. The first conference will be the 1st IASC Thematic Conference on Urban Commons, to be held in Bologna, 6-7 November 2015, and hosted by The Laboratory for the Governanca of Commons (LABGOV) and the Urban Law Center of Fordham University. The call for papers for this conference has been issued recently (see announcement at top of page). Other conferences that have been announced are:

> IASC Regional Conference (Europe), Bern (Switzerland), 10-13 May 2016

> 3rd IASC Thematic Conference on Knowledge Commons, Paris (France), 20-21 October 2016

> IASC Regional Conference (N. America/Arctic), Anchorage, Alaska (USA), Fall 2016

> XVI IASC Biennial Meeting, Utrecht (The Netherlands), 10-14 July 2017

Click here to download an overview of all IASC-conferences 2015-2017

Research Team Institutions for Collective Action and Strategic Research Theme 'Institutions' of Utrecht University to host XVI IASC Biennial Conference (10-14 July 2017)

Recently, the Council of the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC), has granted the organization of the XVI IASC Biennial Conference to the Research Team Institutions for Collective Action and the Strategic Research Theme 'Institutions', both based at Utrecht University. The XVI IASC Biennial Conference will be held from July 10-July 14, 2017 in the historical city centre of Utrecht. The central theme of this conference will be 'Practicing the Commons', focusing on the interaction between academic knowledge and practitioners' expertise and experience. The time schedule for submitting abstracts etc. is already available at the conference website; mote info will be available in due time. > Conference website

Secretariat of IASC moves from Mexico to Utrecht

As of July 1, 2015, the IASC Secretariat will move from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) to Utrecht University. Also, there will be a shift of personell, as René van Weeren will be the new Exceutive Director of the IASC from that date onwards, succeeding the current Executive Director Siomone Buratti. The new correspondence address will be: IASC, att. René van Weeren, Drift 6, 3512 BS, Utrecht, The Netherlands, phone +31 (0)30 253 63 28. The e-mail address will remain the same (iasc@iasc-commons.org), as well as the statutory address, as the IASC formally remains a US-based organziation.  > IASC-website