Press release: Anticipating the global wave of collective action and citizens’ collectivities

The number of citizens’ collectivities in Europe is rising exponentially. This trend is visible in other parts of the world too. Citizens are making themselves heard through what is often referred to as “commons” . They are taking matters into their own hands and organizing themselves in sectors such as health care, infrastructure and energy. A growing number of collectivities means a growing demand for knowledge and know-how, but also an exchange between theory and practice. How do you organize the governance for a collectivity in a sustainable way? What are the rules of the game that can best be agreed between parties? And how should governments respond and participate?


Between 10 and 14 July, academics and experts from the professional practice will be gathering in Utrecht at the XVI Biennial IASC-Conference: ‘Practicing the Commons’. This will be the largest international commons meeting ever, with 570 presentations from over 65 countries, delivered by academics, people from practice, and policy makers.


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Almost there! IASC 2017 Conference 'Practicing the Commons' opens July 10, 2017. Registration still open!

With over 700 participants from over 65 countries, 5 round tables, 14 parallel sessions, several clinics, and many other events, the  XVI Biennial IASC-Conference ‘Practicing the Commons: Self-Governance, Cooperation, and Institutional Change’ (Utrecht, 10-14 July 2017) promises to become one of the largest events on commons ever. The program is online now at the conference website. Registration for the conference is still possible via http://www.iasc2017.org/payment.

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Cooperation is the key to a resilient society - €18.8 million grant for research into sustainable cooperation

The research programme SCOOP – Sustainable Cooperation: Roadmaps to a Resilient Society is set to receive €18.8 million in funding under the prestigious NWO Gravitation programme. SCOOP is a comprehensive interdisciplinary research programme in which sociologists, psychologists, historians, and philosophers join forces in the search for new solutions to sustainable cooperation in the fields of health care, work environment,  and integration. The consortium is composed of researchers from several Dutch universities. Tine De Moor, affiliated with Utrecht University’s Strategic Research Theme ‘Institutions for Open Societies (link)’, chaired by prof. Bas van Bavel (one of the main applicants), was involved in composing Utrecht University’s contribution to the programme proposal.

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Interview Tine De Moor, Jan Terlouw, Marjan Minnesma, and Arjan Klamer on Dutch television

On Saturday April 15, 13:45, NPO2, Dutch broadcasting organization HUMAN broadcasted an impression of the first 'We Doen Het Zelf Wel'-Festival (Amersfoort, March 23). Among the interviewed: professor Tine De Moor, author and former politician Jan Terlouw, director of Urgenda Marjan Minnesma, and economist Arjo Klamer. In Dutch only.

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Miguel Laborda Pemán obtains PhD with thesis on rise and persistence of pre-industrial forms of cooperation

On May 11, 2017, dr. Miguel Laborda Pemán (Economic and Social History) sucessfully defended his Phd thesis at Utrecht University, entitled Beyond Markets and Hierarchies in Pre-Industrial Europe. The Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action in Historical Perspective. In his dissertation, Laborda Pemán analyzes the process of establishment and long-term change of historical institutions for collective action. Our research team congratulates Miguel with his succesful promotion.

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New issue International Journal of the Commons out now!

The International Journal of the Commons recently published its 2017 Spring issue, containing numerous research articles by researchers worldwide on a wide range of commons' research topics. The journal is an open-access publication issued by the International Association for the Study of the Commons.

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New publication on effect of marriage on length of life published

The Journal of Evolution & Human Behavior recently published the article 'How does marriage affect length of life? Analysis of a French historical dataset from an evolutionary perspective' by Corry Gellatly and Charlotte Störmer. The authors address the question why marriage is linked to longevity, focussing particularly on sex differences. and found that marriage is positively associated with longevity, particularly for men. 

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IASC2017 Conference: over 1,000 abstracts received

The organizers of the XVI Biennial IASC-Conference ‘Practicing the Commons: Self-Governance, Cooperation, and Institutional Change’ (Utrecht, 10-14 July 2017), have received over 1,050 abstracts from more than 70 different countries; the IASC2017 conference promises to be one of the largest events worldwide on the issue of commons.  

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New publication on sex selection and female infant mortality in India

Corry Gellatly and Marion Petrie recently had their article 'Prenatal sex selection and female infant mortality are more common in India after firstborn and second-born daughters' published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Public Health. Based on Indian National Family Health Survey data sets, the authors examined whether increased use of PSS may offset excess female infant mortality.
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> Podcast interview with Corry Gellatly regarding this publication

Press publications on cooperation between academics and citizen scientists

Citizen Science receives increasing attention from the press as well as other parties in both academia and 'in the field'. Check out our Press page for the latest interviews and publications on our work in de Volkskrant, EOS Wetenschap, nrc.nl, NPO Radio 1, and the genealogical journal Gen.

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