Tine De Moor main guest in Dutch Documentary series VPRO Tegenlicht (April 1, 2018), NPO2, 21:05

Tine De Moor will be the main guest in the episode ‘Ons gemeengoed’ of the documentary series VPRO Tegenlicht, on Dutch television, 1 April 2018, NPO2, starting at 21:05. In this episode, Prof. Tine De Moor is interviewed and will show some examples of on commons in order to demonstrate their functioning and could be the ground rules for making such collectivities succesful. She will also discuss the dilemmas these new ways of small-scale collective action encounter. The episodes of Tegenlicht will be followed up by Meet-ups across the Netherlands and Belgium:


3 April: Meet-up Ghent (Herberg Macharius, info will follow)

4 April: Meet-up Amsterdam (Pakhuis de Zwijger)

5 April: Meet-up Utrecht (Openbare Bibliotheek, Oudegracht)

18 April: Meet-up den Bosch (RUW, info will follow)


Read more about the episode on VPRO Tegenlicht website

[broadcast, meet-ups, and info are all in Dutch]



ICA Research team involved in hub development Utrecht University with social partners

Together with its social partners, Utrecht University has made plans to tackle fourteen key societal challenges. To this end, fourteen so-called hubs dealing with current day key societal issues have been identified. The aim is to increase the impact of Utrecht University’s research activities and results by tackling specific key challenges in a multidisciplinary way, together with the university’s social partners. Starting 12 February 2018, Institutions for Open Societies (IOS), is starting up five IOS Hubs,  five focal points of research where science meets society to solve pressing social issues.Within the IOS Hubs excellent researchers from different disciplines collaborate with private and public partners on socially relevant topics. Members of the ICA Research team will be involved in the IOS Hub ‘Future of Citizen-based Initiatives’. The IOS Hub ‘Future of Citizen-based Initiatives’ aims to advise, promote, and stimulate citizen-based initiatives, as well as to improve the effectiveness of bottom-up initiatives aimed at various societal challenges. It will apply and extend scientific interdisciplinary knowledge on the properties and dynamics of bottom-up initiatives. The Hub is a platform for collaboration between Utrecht University researchers and societal partners on the theme of citizen-based initiatives for cooperation and resilience. The other IOS Hubs are: Future of Work, Security in Open Societies, Entrepreneurship for Social Challenges, and Gender and Diversity. The main objective of all IOS Hubs is to generate societal impact and offer solutions for societal challenges by collaborating with external public and/or private stakeholders.

> Contact IOS Hub 'Future of Citizen-based Initiatives'

> Info on IOS Hub 'Future of Citizen-based Initiatives'

> Press release Utrecht University

> Info IOS Hubs


ICA2018 Research Conference (Wageningen, Netherlands, July 4-6, 2018)
The International Cooperative Alliance 2018 European Research Conference (ICA2018) on the theme 'Cooperatives in a rapidly changing world: Innovation in enterprise and community' will be held July 4-July 6 in Wageningen, the Netherlands, and will be hosted by Wageningen University and Research. The conference will deal with all kinds of cooperatives, from different sectors and different countries, and in different stages of the life cycle. This will lead to challenging and surprising new ideas and relations. Keynote lecturers will be prof. dr. Arthur Mol (Rector Magnificus Wageningen University and Research), dr. Simel Esim (Head of Cooperatives Unit ILO), prof. dr. Murray Fulton (Chair University of Saskatchewan), and dr. Wiebe Draijer (CEO Rabobank).
> Conference info and details


Two new research publications VIDI project available online

Over the past few months, two new publications have been published. Both publications are related to the NWO-funded VIDI-project 'Nature or nurture? A search for the  institutional and biological determinants of life expectancy in Europe during the early modern period'.

The first article by Anita Boele and Tine De Moor, entitled '‘Because family and friends got easily weary of taking care’: a new perspective on the specialization in the elderly care sector in early modern Holland has been published online in The Economic History Review. In this article, Boele and De Moor investigate the causes of the remarkable growth in and specialization of elderly care institutions in the Netherlands during the early modern period, and relates these developments to a number of major changes in the household formation process, which had both a direct and an indirect impact on the need for elderly care in general and on the relationships between the elderly and next of kin (partners, children, and other family members). The second article, 'Long-Term Trends in Marriage Timing and the Impact of Migration, the Netherlands (1650-1899)', authored by Charlotte Störmer, Corry Gellatly, Anita Boele, and Tine De Moor, has recently been published in a special issue of Historical Life Course Studies. In this articel, our research team members study trends in sex-specific ages at first marriage, regional variation and the impact of migration on marital timing in the Netherlands in the period 1650-1900, using data from two new large historical datasets, namely an aggregation of Dutch genealogies and the transcribed marriage banns of Amsterdam.
> Article The Economic History Review (subscription may be required)
> Article Historical Life Course Studies (open access)

Research Grant Riksbanken Jubileumfond awarded to MIDI-project, ICA Research team members involved

The Riksbanken Jubileumfond has recently granted a research grant of 4,626,000 SEK (c. 578,000 USD / 478,000 EUR) to the Research Project 'Modelling institutional dynamics in historical commons (MIDI)'. Among the researchers involved in this project, led by Giangiacomo Bravo of Linnaeus University in Stockholm, Sweden, are prof. Tine De Moor, PI of our Research Team Institutions for Collective Action and Amineh Ghorbani, affiliated researcher with our team. The project builds upon research results produced by our research team in the Common Rules-project, in cooperation with affiliated researchers Angus Winchester and José-Miguel Lana. The MIDI project uses this results as starting point and adopts an interdisciplinary perspective to contribute empirically-grounded and systematic knowledge of the mechanisms driving the process of institutional chage. The researchers' goal is to exploit their interdisiciplinary competences (1) to recode the dataset on the basis of a systematic institutional analysis framework,(2) to fully exploit its potential through the use of data mining and evolutionary analysis techniques, and (3) to embed the resulting knowledge in an agent-based model capturing the essential dynamics of institutional change. More info will follow indue time.

> Contact Giangiacomo Bravo, Linnaeus University

IASC2017 largest conference on commons ever

The Research Team 'Institutions for Collective Action' was one of the main organizers of the XVI Biennial IASC-Conference 'Practicing the commons: Self-governance, cooperation, and institutional change',  which was held July 10-14, 2017 in Utrecht. The conference, officially opened by Jet Bussemaker, the Netherlands Minister of Education, Culture, and Science, attracted about 800 participants, academics as well as practitioners, making this edition the largest conference on commons worldwide ever. Next to the opening lectures, the conference comprised 3 keynote lectures and related policy debates, over 450 presentations of academic papers, 15 practitioners' labs, 10 conference excursions, and a wonderful Childrens' Commons Program. All info on the conference can be found on the conference webpage www.iasc2017.org, audiovisual impressions including the full lectures can be found at www.iasc2017.org/media

> Conference website

> Conference impressions (incl. lectures)

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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