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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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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