Job opportunity: PhD position 'Social netwroks in the emergence of sustainable cooperation: the case of care cooperatives' (Utrecht University), deadline 19 April 2020

Utrecht University is seeking a candidate for a PhD project titled 'Social networks in the emergence of sustainable cooperation: the case of care cooperatives' (click here for full project description), part of the transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary research program SCOOP: Roadmaps to Resilient Societies. This position focuses on the social network of care cooperatives, and it will examine conditions under which care cooperatives are developed and sustained. Utrecht University will seek to collaborate with a national network of care cooperatives to collect survey data among members of multiple care cooperatives measuring social networks of participants, the nature of participation, care needs, and other relevant variables. In addition, laboratory experiments will be designed to study causal mechanisms that link social network structure, group size, and institutional factors to cooperation in cooperatives. Depending on the expertise and interests of the candidate, alternative research designs around the theme of emergence of (care) cooperatives can also be considered.


Applications should be submitted via AcademicTransfer via this link before 19 April 2020.


New article on rediscovery of mutualism in current-day society by Eva Vriens and Tine De Moor

The academic open-acces journal Social Inclusion has just published a new paper by team members Eva Vriens and Tine De Moor, entitled 'Mutuals on the Move: Exclusion Processes in the Welfare State and the Rediscovery of Mutualism'. Mutual insurance systems have been on the rise across the world for about a decennium. In various forms and for various goods and services they respond to gaps left in social security by both governments and markets. Vriens and De Moor use historical insights to analyse several new mutual insurance organisations and discuss their future opportunities. And while not foreseen at the time of writing, this discussion has become more relevant than ever: Another boost in mutualism may very well be around the corner following the health crisis we’re facing all over the world.

> Online version

> Pdf version 

> Additional file pdf version


Workshop 'De collectieve kracht van nieuwe voedselbewegingen', Voedsel Anders Conferentie 2020 (Wageningen, 4 april 2020 UITGESTELD TOT NADER BERICHT)

[due to scope workshop, only in Dutch] 

Op zaterdag 4 april zal Ton Duffhues van ons onderzoeksteam de workshop 'De collectieve kracht van nieuwe voedselbewegingen' verzorgen tijdens de Voedsel Anders Conferentie 2020, die op 3 en 4 april 2020 gehouden zal worden bij Wageningen University & Research in Wageningen. Tijdens de workshops op deze conferentie geven doeners en denkers uit de wereld van voedsel en landbouw hun visie op wat er nodig is om de transitie te versnellen en de beweging te versterken. Tijdens de workshop zal Ton Duffhues ingaan op de rol van nieuwe voedselbewegingen als vorm van institutie voor collectieve actie.

> Conference website


Tine De Moor and Aniek Bax shed light on do's and don'ts of Citizen Science projects

Tine De Moor, professor at Utrecht University and involved in several projects in which both academics and citizens are involved, and Aniek Bax, project leader with the Centre for Science and Culture and as such involved in a range of Citizen Science projects, share their professional expertise on preparing, executing, and managing Citzizen Science projects in the article 'Do's and don'ts van citizen science', published on Utrecht University's Public Engagement webpages.

> Article [in Dutch, English text expected soon]


Tine De Moor and René van Weeren co-authors of new publication on long-term dynamics of institutions for collective action

The International Journal of the Commons has published a new paper, co-authored by Tine De Moor and René van Weeren from our Research Team. The paper, enittled 'Shared Patterns in Long-Term Dynamics of Commons as Institutions for Collective Action', is resulting from resarch within the international MIDI-project between Linnaeus University (Sweden), Utrecht University Delft University of Technology (Netherlands). In the article, thea authors present an analysis of regulatory activities in historical commons, offering a unique picture of their long-term institutional dynamics.

> Article (online)

> Article (pdf)


Tine De Moor co-author of new publication in Energy Research & Social Science journal

In the paper 'Transforming innovation for decarbonisation', recently published online in Elsevier's journal Energy Research & Social Science, an international group of 15 academics (among whom Tine De Moor) from a wide range of disciplines argues that contemporary methodological approaches informed by complex systems and social practices theories provide urgently needed insights into innovation for decarbonisation. The authors advocate for research and policy agendas that are firmly grounded in social practices and take complex and dynamic interactions of energy supply and demand as departing point to seriously reflect about the transitions that are put before us, instead of just departing from a merely techno-centric point of view.

> Article (online)

> Article (pdf)


Tine De Moor delivered opening lecture  2020 Green Templeton Lectures series at Oxford University


The year 2020 marks the 30th anniversary of Governing the Commons, the landmark study by the late Nobel laureate, Elinor Ostrom. The topic of the commons has arguably never been more relevant: a Science feature in 2018 traced the growing reach of the concept from classic areas – water and land – to new frontiers of data, medicine, and other global challenges. The Green Templeton Lectures series of 2020, convened by Green Templeton Associate Professor and Research Fellow Dr. Dustin Garrick explores the commons in a world approaching peak population, deepening inequality, and growing threats to democratic forms of governance. The series will follow an arc that starts with lessons from the history of the commons and outlines the frontiers of research and innovation. Tine De Moor delivered the first lecture, entitled: 'More than a metaphor: the evolution of commons over the past millennium' in this lecture series on the 23rd of January at Green Templeton College at the University of Oxford.

> More info

> Lecture series


New article on 'Smart Cities' by Damion Bunders and Krisztina Varró

On December 24, 2019, the open access article 'Bringing back the national to the study of globally circulating policy ideas: ‘Actually existing smart urbanism’ in Hungary and the Netherlands', authored by team member Damion Bunders and his co-author dr. Krisztina Varro   has been published in the SAGE academic journal European Urban and Regional Studies. Informed by empirical research on smart city policies in Hungary and the Netherlands, this paper argues that the policy mobilities approach tends to overemphasize the global and the local. Notwithstanding the transnational circulation of smart city ideas, the national scale continues being reproduced by these ideas as a relevant scale of urban regulation, discursive framing and strategy-making under globalization. To acknowledge this, and to move towards a more decidedly multiscalar perspective on actually existing smart urbanisms, the author suggest to incorporate the national scale, understood as a relational set of practices and discourses, more explicitly into the analysis.

> Article (online)

> Article (pdf)


New article on dynamics of engagement in Citizen Science by Tine De Moor, Auke Rijpma, and Montserrat Prats López

On December 12, the online open access academic journal Citizen Science: Theory and Practices has published the article 'Dynamics of Engagement in Citizen Science: Results from the "Yes, I Do!"-Project', authored by Tine De Moor, Auke Rijpma, and Montserrat Prats López. Citizen science projects need to attract citizens and motivate them to dedicate their energy and time to science. Recruiting enough participants and keeping them engaged throughout the project is often a big challenge for the scientists involved. In this paper, recruiting and engagement strategies are evaluated for the successful online citizen science project 'Ja, ik wil!' in the field of humanities. Quantitative measures are applied to track the quantity and quality of citizens’ contributions over time, allowing understanding of the dynamics of engagement in citizen science. The study shows that monitoring the level of activity and the quality of contributions provides useful insights about a project’s dynamics. It shows thata small core group of volunteers was responsible for most of the input to the project, that their transcriptions were very accurate from the start, and that prompt feedback on their performance was important to keep activity levels high.

> Article (online)

> Article (pdf)


New publication on networks and new mutualism

Eva Vriens, Vincent Buskens, and Tine De Moor jointly authored the article 'Networks and new mutualism:  how embeddedness influences commitment and trust in small mutuals', published online on 28 November in the Socio-Economic Review. Mutualism is reviving again in several countries, replying to state and market failure with an alternative, social insurance setup. In this article the authors, of whom two are members of our research team, study participation in such new mutuals with a focus on embeddedness and how types of embeddedness relate to members’ commitment to mutuals and their trust in the commitment of others, using a unique multilevel dataset on the motivations, beliefs and social relations of more than 5,000 members of 230 small Dutch mutuals.

> Article (online)

> Article (pdf)


Call for papers: Colloquium Gide 2020: Coöperations (deadline abstracts: 5 April 2020)

The 18th international conference of the Charles Gide Association will be held at the University of Lausanne (UNIL), 10-12 September 2020, under the auspices of the Centre Walras Pareto d’études interdisciplinaires de la pensée économique et politique (CWP). The theme of the conference will be on ‘Co-operation’, a topic that has generated debates in the field of economic, social, political, and philosophical thought, and its numerous historical forms. Tine De Moor will be one of the keynote lecturers at this conference.

> Call for papers (deadline 5 April 2020)

> Website conference


Stichting DOEN in gesprek met Tine De Moor over burgercollectieven

Stichting DOEN ondersteunt voorlopers die het gemeenschappelijke voorop stellen en alternatieve welvaartsmodellen ontwikkelen. Op het YouTube-kanaal van de Stichting DOEN daarom  een korte introductie van prof. Tine De Moor. Zij legt uit hoe opkomende burgercollectieven kansen bieden om gemeenschappelijke waarden opnieuw te ontdekken.

> YouTube video


New publication: Capital Women

On March 28, 2019, Oxford University Press published the book Capital Women: The European Marriage Pattern, Female Empowerment and Economic Development in Western Europe 1300-1800, authored by Jan Luiten van Zanden, Tine De Moor, and Sarah Carmichael. In this book, the authors highlight the important role of women in development, drawing on the experience of early modern Europe. They employ novel data that focuses attention on female agency, control over economic resources, and involvement in the market economy and by using a comparative analysis shed light on different experiences in economic development, both historical and contemporary.

 > Info by publisher


Routledge publishes Handbook for the Study of the Commons including chapter by Tine De Moor

Routledge has recently published the Routledge Handbook of the Study of the Commons.  This handbook serves as a synthesis and resource for understanding how analytical frameworks developed within the literature assist in understanding the nature and management of commons resources. Such frameworks include those related to Institutional Analysis and Development, Social-Ecological Systems, and Polycentricity, among others. The book aggregates and analyses these frameworks to lay a foundation for exploring how they apply according to scholars across a wide range of disciplines.Tine De Moor contributed to this edited volume with the chapter 'From Historical Institution to pars pro toto: the Commons and Their Revival in Historical Perspective'.

 > Info by publisher


Article by Tine De Moor in Science on resilience of commons

Tine De Moor states in an article in Science that historical, longitudinal analysis is needed to learn what really matters when striving towards resilience in commons. This analysis is vital in order to support contemporary commons with scientifically supported advice today. Professor De Moor was invited by Science to give the historian’s perspective, for the special issue related to the 50th anniversary of Garett Hardin’s article 'The Tragedy of the Commons'. Science also published a podcast related to this article with interviews with Tine De Moor and Brett Frischman. 


De Moor, T. 2018. Revealing historical resilience. In: R. Boyd et al., ‘Tragedy Revisited’, Science 362(6420), 1236-1241 (1238).


> Article 

> Podcast (00:00-13:02; interview Tine De Moor 01:16-07:00)