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Call for papers, panels, and posters for XVI Biennial IASC-Conference (Utrecht, 10-14 July 2017) - deadline 15 October 2016

 

The local organizers of the XVI Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons welcome abstracts for papers, posters, and panels to be presented at the conference, to be held in Utrecht, The Netherlands, from 10 to 14 July 2017. The meeting will be held in the wonderful historic city center of Utrecht, a major university town in the middle of the Netherlands and will be hosted by the Institutions for Collective Action- research team and the Strategic Theme Institutions for Open Societies of Utrecht University. With the theme of the conference, 'Practicing the Commons: Self-Governance, Cooperation, and Institutional Change', we intend to bring together the fast growing body of scientific knowledge on the commons as an alternative governance model. The increasing popularity of commons as a governance model is visible across the Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe. Citizens increasingly form new collectivities for energy provision and consumption, to provide care, food, et cetera, and work together on the basis of self-governance and reciprocity. During the conference there will be plenty of opportunities to connect academic research to practitioners’ experience and vice versa. On the conference website and in the call you will find an overview of the main themes to be addressed, including a list of potential research questions that might be the topic of paper presentations. Soon, a call for contributions to practitioners’ labs will also be issued. Please visit the conference website www.iasc2017.org to learn more about the conference timeline, keynotes, policy sessions, exciting excursions, the conference venue, the city of Utrecht, opportunities to organize your own project meetings and much more.

> Call for papers, panels, and posters

> Conference website

> Conference poster

Symposium 'De kracht van coöperaties in het beheer van commons' (Gent, 8 September 2016) [in Dutch only]

Hoe kunnen we de ‘commons’ organiseren, zodat ze geen voorbijgaand fenomeen zijn maar duurzame instituties waarmee burgers aan de toekomst bouwen? Welke rol speelt het coöperatieve model in dit verhaal? En welk belang hebben lokale besturen bij het ondersteunen van burgercollectieven? Aan de hand van het coöperatieve beheer van vier belangrijke ‘commons’ – grond, huisvesting, hernieuwbare energie en gezondheidszorg – verkennen we wat we van mekaar kunnen leren en hoe we mekaar kunnen versterken.Dit event wordt georganiseerd door Coopkracht – de koepel voor coöperaties in Vlaanderen, in samenwerking met Denktank OikosCoop-apotheken, het Onderzoeksteam Institutions for Collective Action van de Universiteit Utrecht, REScoop.beWISE POWER en de Europese Commissie. Tine De Moor zal de bijeenkomst openen met de keynote lezing 'Welke rol speelt coöperatief ondernemen in het beheren van de ‘commons'?' geven en bovendien deelnemen aan het afsluitend paneldebat en als moderator aan één van de workshops. Toegang is vrij, maar voorafgaande registratie is vereist via info@coopkracht.org.

> Meer info

Symposium City Talk#3 'Publieke ruimten: verbinder van vele wensen' (Utrecht, 14 september 2016) [in Dutch only]

Steeds meer lokale initiatiefnemers maken parken en pleinen in hun omgeving zelf aantrekkelijker met de buurt. De trek naar de stad zorgt bovendien voor een steeds grotere druk op onze open ruimte. Wat betekent dit eigenlijk allemaal voor het toekomstige ontwerp van onze publieke ruimten en wat is de rol van de gebruiker daarin? De gemeente Utrecht is de laatste jaren op zoek naar een meer integrale aanpak die techniek, infrastructuur en een prettig verblijf beter aan elkaar verbindt. Lokale bewoners en ondernemers spelen hierin een steeds grotere rol. Zo heeft de gemeente een methodiek ontwikkeld om samen met bewoners en ondernemers straten opnieuw in te richten. Het zou de kans op een succesvolle plek groter maken, kosten (voor bijvoorbeeld beheer) verlagen en de kans op weerstand verkleinen. Al deze ontwikkelingen zijn mooi, maar zetten ze ook door? Gaan de wensen van bewoners en ondernemers werkelijk een integraal onderdeel worden van het ontwikkelen van onze pleinen, parken en straten? Aorta gaat hierover in gesprek met Marie-Laure Hoedemakers (Lodewijk Baljon Landschapsarchitecten), Tine De Moor (Universiteit Utrecht, onderzoeksteam ‘Institutions for Collective Action’), Leon Borlée (Gemeente Utrecht), Berdie Olthof (Deltavormgroep/Ringpark-Dichterswijk) en Ellen Wilms (Ingenieursbureau Tauw). De avond wordt gemodereerd door Guido Wallagh (Inbo). Bewoners, ontwerpers én bedrijven zijn uitgenodigd om mee te praten over de toekomstige rol van de gebruiker in het ontwerpen van pleinen en parken en samen te kijken naar de toekomst van publieke ruimten als verbinder van vele wensen.

> Meer info [in Dutch only]

Press publications on results surveys on citizens' cooperatives MA-Students

Recently, the results of surveys performed by MA-students Merel Hoveling and Fleur Noy have drawn attention from several news media. Merel Hoveling has performed research for the Dutch Council for Cooperatives (NCR) by composing an inventory of current cooperatives in the Netherlands, based on the registrations of such cooperatives with the Chambre of Commerce. This has been the first national survey of cooperatives of its kind and shows the division of cooperatives over the societal sectors. Remarkable is that in particular sectors that are in prcesses of change and development prefer the cooperative as their organizational structure. The survey showed that there are over 8,000 registered cooperatives in the Netherlands, of which 2,500 are active cooperatives; the other cooperatives are either untracable or have very limited economic activities. The results of the survey ahve been incorporated in an artcle, co-authored by Merel in the June-issue of the magazine Coöperatie of NCR. Fleur Noy has performed a survey on Flemish citizens' collectivities in cooperation with the Flemish think-tank-organization Oikos.be. Although the number of collectivities and cooperatives is considerably smaller than in the Netherlands, the emergence of new collectivities in Flanders is remarkable. The  number of new citizens' collectivities per annum has risen from 4 in 2008 to 48 in 2014, cumulating to a total of 480 citizens' collectivities in 10 different sectors of society; the main sectors in which new collectivities emerged were food, houding, energy, sharing economy, environment, and sustainability. The results of Fleur's reserach have resulted in a co-authored article by her and Dirk Holemans in the Oikos Magazine. Also the Flemish newspaper de Standaard published a newspaper article on the results of Fleur's survey.

> Article Coöperatie by Merel Hoveling and Carmen Heukers for NCR [in Dutch]

> Article Oikos Magazine by Fleur Noy and Dirk Holemans [in Dutch]

> Article De Standaard on research Fleur Noy icw Oikos [in Dutch]

> More info on internships [in Dutch]

3rd Thematic IASC-Conference on Knowledge Commons (Paris, 20-22 October 2016)

On 20, 21, and 22 October 2016, SciencesPo Paris will be hosting the 3rd Thematic IASC-Conference on Knowledge Commons (please note that the original dates have been extended with an extra conference day on October 22nd!). Building upon the successful 2012 and 2014 thematic IASC conferences on knowledge commons, this third conference aims to look at the normative effects and institutionalization of the many initiatives based on knowledge commons and how commons provide new legal tools, public policy choices, and forms of social, economic and governance innovations. To this purpose the conference aims to take stock of the latest developments in public policies and legal initiatives around knowledge commons, as well as how the attempts to give a proper legal definition of commons in different countries bring changes in law and property regimes. The key questions that this conference will cover are the sustainability of knowledge commons that could be achieved by giving normative effects to the relationships and collectiveness they create, the possible articulation between grassroots commons movements and public policy, To such end, examples of governance models or legal revisions organizing commons in diverse countries will be studied, particularly as far as knowledge commons are concerned.  

> Preliminary Program

Debat 'Is de coöperatie het economische model van de toekomst?' tijdens 4e Festival van de Gelijkheid (Gent, 1-3 december 2016) [in Dutch only]
Op 1 december 2016 zal tijdens het 4e Festival van de Gelijkheid in Gent (1-3 december 2016) het debat 'Is de coöperatie het economische model van de toekomst?' plaatsvinden. Hoe ver reiken de mogelijkheden van het coöperatieve model om vorm te geven aan een economie van de toekomst? Is de coöperatie een alternatief in 'zachte' sectoren zoals cultuur of zorg en een alternatief voor Vadertje Staat die steeds armlastiger wordt? Of ook in 'hardere' sectoren zoals energie en kan ze een tegengewicht vormen voor steeds inhaligere bedrijven? Het concept van de coöperatie als ondernemingsmodel zal kritisch tegen het licht gehouden worden door o.a. Tine De Moor, John Crombez (voorzitter sp.a), Dirk Barrez (journalist en auteur), Peter Hunt (directeur van denktank Mutuo) en Peter Bosmans (directeur Febecoop). Meer info zal vanaf 8 september te vinden zijn via de website van het Festival van de Gelijkheid.

> Website

> Debatintroductie

Press publications on cooperation between academics and citizen scientists

Recently, several newsarticles have appeared in Dutch press on the possibilities Citizen Science has to offer and the challenges academics and participants in Citizen Science-projects have to face. In the first article, published in Trouw, Tine De Moor is interviewed about Citizen Science, more specifically about the Citizen Science-project 'Ja, ik wil!', which was completed in February 2016, resulting in data collected by nearly 500 volunteers from almost 100,000 Amsterdam pre-marriage registrations, dating 1580-1810. This interview is also a prelude to the national Citizen Science-symposium organized by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, held on 16 June 2016 in Amsterdam. The second article also is related to this event: in the article, published by de Volkskrant on 16 June, the Citizen Science-project 'Ja, ik wil!' is depicted prominently as an example of Citizen Science and Tine De Moor is among the interviewed about the do's and don'ts and the experiences of such projects. In the third article, published by science magazine EOS Wetenschap, Tine De Moor is interviewed on the chances and challenges related to the use of Citizen Science. An important topic in this regard is the reciprocity between scientists and the Citizen Science-participants; also, Tine De Moor stresses the importance of knowledge valorization. The interview is part of the initiative to create an online platform for initiatives based on Citizen Science, managed by EOS magazine. A third publication concerns

> Article Trouw [in Dutch only]

> Article de Volkskrant [in Dutch only]

> Article EOS Wetenschap [in Dutch only]

2nd Biennial European Society of Historical Demography conference (Leuven (Belgium), 21-24 September 2016)

On 21-24 September 2016, the Catholic University of Leuven will host the 2nd ESHD conference, of which the main conference theme will be 'Innovating historical demography: the world and Europe'. The two core objectives of the conference are firstly to highlight the importance of robust methodological and theoretical approaches in the comparative (e.g. regional, temporal, and categorical) research framework, and secondly to promote a better understanding of new quantitative and qualitative research methods. Team members Charlotte Störmer, Corry Gellatly, Anita Boele, and Tine De Moor will present their paper 'Marriage and migration. The development of the Dutch marriage pattern and the impact of migration (1600-1900)' at this conference.

> Conference website

Social scientists shed new light on discussion use of natural resources and nature reserves

How to govern a nature reserve, while at the same exploiting its resources commercially? In this publication by Noorderbreedte social scientists Tine De Moor and Maarten Bavinck contribute two new dimensions to this discussion. They suggest that sometimes it is even better for nature if users harvest some of the natural resources; this however requires that boundaries and limitations are clearly indicated, observed, and guarded by the government.

> Click here for the article [in Dutch]

New publication on commons' regulations and sanctioning

Tine De Moor and Annelies Tukker jointly authored the book chapter 'Survival without sanctioning: The relationship between institutional resilience and methods of dealing with free-riding on early modern Dutch commons', which forms part of the 2015 Rural History Yearbook [Jahrbuch für Gechichte des ländlichen Raumes 2015]; this book is fully dedicated to issues dealing with rural commons.  In this article, De Moor and Tukker have systematically analyzed the regulations of eight self-governing Dutch commons, of wich some date back to the Middle Ages. By analyzing the changes in the regulations of these commons over time (with a minimum of three changes and a life span of at least 200 years) the authors they discovered that not all rules designed by commoners were combined with a sanction and there was an inverse correlation between longevity of the common and the number of rules that were accompanied by sanctions. Instead of focusing on sanctioning as a tool to keep commoners and others from freeriding, commoners invested in rules that encouraged prevention and high levels of members’ participation.

> Full book chapter