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Call for abstracts LANDac International Conference 2016 (Utrecht, 30 June-1 July 2016) - deadline 15 February 2016

One the 30th of June and the 1st of July 2016, LANDac will hold its second International Conference, entitled 'Linking the Rural and the Urban'. LANDac, founded in 2010 and based at Utrecht University, is a network of Dutch organizations interested in how land governance can contribute to equitable and sustainable development. The 2016 conference will be a follow-­‐up of the 2015 LANDac International Conference 'Land Governance for Equitable and Sustainable Development'. The 2016 Conference aims to connect rural land debates and the urban agenda. The conference offers space for paper presentations, poster presentations, policy discussions, round tables and other interactive forms. Special round tables will be organized on specific topics, including the Sustainable Development Goals, the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests, the Global Call to Action on Indigenous and Community Land Rights, Habitat III (UrbAct), and the Human City Coalition. The organizers are now inviting abstract submissions for papers, posters and other forms of contribution on the topics outlined in this call. Abstracts are due ultimately by 15 February 2016.

> Call for abstracts 

> Conference website

Call for (additional) papers 4th Regional European IASC-Conference (Bern, 10-13 May 2016) - deadline for abstracts 5 February 2016

The organizers of the 4th Regional European IASC-Conference (Bern, 10-13 May 2016) invite you to submit additional papers to the accepted panels. In the first round, in total 41 panels have been accepted. Paper abstracts to be submitted in the 2nd round (deadline 5 February 2016) should refer to one of the accepted panels. The main theme of the 4th Regional European Meeting of the IASC is "Global Connections and Local Responses". The conference offers an excellent opportunity to advance the understanding of ongoing “glocal” processes and to analyze historically how commons in Europe have evolved and adapted to “glocal” changes. By integrating political ecology with approaches of New Institutionalism and Critical Theory in Anthropology, Human Geography, Political Science and History, the conference organizers propose to investigate the impacts of external changes on the perception and evaluation of resources by actors related to the commons. Paper abstracts should be submitted by 5 February 2016. Please note that authors who have submitted a paper abstract in the 1st round do not have to resubmit; they will receive notification shortly after 5 February 2016.   

> Conference website  

> Second Call for Papers

Report on collaboration between care services providers and care cooperatives

Team member Anita Boele, together with Peter Leisink, professor at the Utrecht University School of Governance, and internship students Nick ten Brinke and Babs den Dulk, both of Utrecht University, jointly authored a report, entitled 'It takes two to tango; Succes- en faalfactoren in de samenwerking tussen zorgorganisaties en zorgcoöperaties' ['It takes two to tango; factors of success and failure regarding collaboration between care provision organizations and care cooperatives'], based on the research performed by Ten Brinke and Den Dulk duting their internship with Aedes-Actiz Knowledge Center on Welfare and Living. Their research showed that collaboration between care services organizations and care cooperatives could benefit all parties involved, e.g. via the mutual exchange of knowledge and expertise, the use of voluntary aid and available equipment, via experimenting with new regulations and working methods, new ways of acquiring funding. Essential in this process is a uniform vision on what would be qualified as 'good care'. The report also highlights the impact of the social environment on issues as recognition, financing, and the adaptation of existing laws and regulations.  

> Read the full report [in Dutch] 

> Read the summary article on the KCWZ-site [in Dutch] 

> Read the press release by Utrecht University [in Dutch]

New publication on the relation between reproduction, fertility, and socioeconomic conditions

Team member Charlotte Störmer is the co-author of the publication 'Social Strata Differentials in Reproductive Behavior among Agricultural Families in the Krummhörn Region (East Frisia, 1720-1874)', published in the latest edition of the electronic academic journal Historical Life Courses Studies. In this article, Charlotte Störmer and her co-author, Kai Willführ of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research investigate how the reproductive behavior of families in the historical Krummhörn region was affected by their social status and by short-term fluctuations in their socioeconomic conditions. The authors used Poisson and Cox regression models to analyze the age at first reproduction, fertility, the sex ratio of the offspring, sex-specific infant/child survival, and the number of children. Additionally they investigated how fluctuations in crop prices affected infant and child mortality and fertility using Cox proportional regression models, and including information about the seasonal climate that may have had an effect on crop prices, as well as on infant mortality via other pathways. > Read the article online

New publication on care cooperatives

Team members Anita Boele and Tine De Moor, together with Peter Leisink, professor at the Utrecht University School of Governance, and Daniëlle Harkes of Aedez-Actiz Knowledge centre on living and care, jointly authored an article on the challenges and incentives for cooperation between care cooperatives and the more traditional 'regular' care suppliers. This article, based on a survey among care cooperatives and 'traditional' care companies, shows that over the last few years the balacne has shifted from mutual distrust to the development of mutual care initiatives and the awareness that cooperation might be of more benefit to all parties involved than competition, but external factors may still be a hindrance to further implementation of such initiatives. > Read the article online

New publication on reconstructing historical populations from genealogical data

The academic journal Feminist Economics very recently has published an online article by affiliated researcher and our former research team member Felix Meier zu Selhausen, entitled ‘What Determines Women's Participation in Collective Action? Evidence from a Western Ugandan Coffee Cooperative’. Women smallholders face greater constraints than men in accessing capital and commodity markets in Sub-Saharan Africa. Collective action has been promoted to remedy those disadvantages. Using survey data of 421 women members and 210 nonmembers of a coffee producer cooperative in Western Uganda, this study investigates the determinants of women’s participation in cooperatives and women’s intensity of participation. The results highlight the importance of access to and control over land for women to join the cooperative in the first place. Participation intensity is measured through women’s participation in collective coffee marketing and share capital contributions. It is found that duration of membership, access to extension services, more equal intra-household power relations, and joint land ownership positively influence women’s ability to commit to collective action. These findings demonstrate the embeddedness of collective action in gender relations and the positive value of women’s active participation for agricultural-marketing cooperatives. > Read the article online.

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

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 new conferences for 2015-2017

At the XV IASC Biennial Conference, which was held in Edmonton last month, the IASC has announced several new conferences to be held within the next two years. The first conference was the 1st IASC Thematic Conference on Urban Commons, 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. 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

> 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 has moved from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) to Utrecht University. Also, there has been a shift of personell, as René van Weeren has become the new Exceutive Director of the IASC from July 1, 2015 onwards, succeeding the current Executive Director Simone 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