Call for (Contributions to) Practitioners' Labs Biennial IASC-Conference (Utrecht, 10-14 July 2017) issued - deadline for proposals March 31, 2017


The organizers of the XVI Biennial IASC-Conference ‘Practicing the Commons: Self-Governance, Cooperation, and Institutional Change’ (Utrecht, 10-14 July 2017), hosted by the Institutions for Collective Action- research team and the Strategic Theme Institutions for Open Societies of Utrecht University, today have issued a Call for Contributions to Practitioners' Labs. As the organizers intend to bring together not only scholars working on commons, but also practitioners involved in commons or organizations dealing with commons and shared resources from around the globe, several Practitioners’ Labs will be organized. At these labs, practitioners have the opportunity to put forward their experience on commons-issues and at the same time discuss the challenges and questions they encounter with academics working on these issues, as well as with fellow-practitioners and policy makers. You can submit proposals for full panels of 5-6 participants, join panels proposed by fellow-practitioners, take part in one of the Sponsored Practitioners’ Labs, or submit your own individual questions you would like to see addressed at one of the Practitioners’ Labs. For all info and the full text of the call, visit http://www.iasc2017.org/calls/call-for-practitioners-labs/. Or have a look at one of the already composed Sponsored Practitioners’ Labs. You can also download the full call as PDF underneath.

> Call for (Contributions to) Practitioners' Labs

> Overview of Sponsored Practitioners' Labs

> Conference website

1e 'We Doen Het Zelf Wel'-Festival, 23 maart 2017, Amersfoort (in Dutch only)

Op zaterdag 25 maart 2017 vindt de eerste editie van het 'We Doen Het Zelf Wel'-festival plaats in de Rijtuigenloods in Amersfoort.Het ‘We Doen Het Zelf Wel’-Festival wil laten zien dat burger- en sociale initiatieven niet meer uit een reeks incidenten bestaan, maar veeleer een brede burgerbeweging vormt die de problemen van mensen en gemeenschappen aan het oplossen is.  Het festival is een samenwerking tussen verschillende grote en kleine organisaties die zich bezighouden met burgerinitiatieven en belooft een dag te worden waar zowel doeners als denkers op het gebied van burger- en sociale initiatieven samenkomen en van elkaar kunnen leren. Een dag waar ruimte is voor verdieping en reflectie, maar waar het publiek ook praktische tips en inspiratie opdoet, en experts vindt voor juridisch, financieel, en ondernemend advies. Dagvoorzitter is Natasja van den Berg, sprekers zijn oud-polticus en schrijver Jan Terlouw, hoogleraar Geesteszwetenschappen Tine De Moor, Urgenda-directier Marjan Minnesma, hoogleraar Maatschappelijke Bestuurskunde Gabriël van den Brink, en hoogleraar Bevolkingsdaling en Leefbaarheid Bettina Bock. Omroep Human maakt tijdens de dag tv-opnames en zendt op een later moment een samenvatting uit.

> Festival website

New issue The Green European Journal  on 'Finding Common Ground' released

The Green European Foundation recently issued a new issue of the Green European Journal. The central theme of this latest issue is 'Finding common ground'. The immense diversity of meanings ascribed to the commons testifies to the rich and multi-faceted significance this concept has acquired. But the differing ways in which this term has been deployed in varying contexts and moments in time also pose a dilemma for imposing a definition or framework. Applied in contexts ranging from urban public spaces to agriculture, from natural ecosystems to the virtual world, the contents of this edition alone demonstrate this diversity. In this issue, the editors have interviewed a wide range of experts (among whom Tine De Moor) on commons' issues, shedding a multi-faceted light on the concept of commons.

> Download issue (pdf)

> Interview with Tine De Moor (pdf)

New issue of the International Journal of the Commons with special issue on Collective action institutions in a long-term perspective

The International Journal of the Commons has just published its most recent issue. This issue contains a special issue, edit by our team members Miguel Laborda Pemán and Tine De Moor on the topic of 'Collective action institutions in a long-term perspective', based on papers presented at the Workshop 'Common People, Common Rules' held in Pamplona, 30-31 October 2014. The special issue contains five academic papers that focus on the study of commons and common-pool  resources from a long-term perspective. Laborda and De Moor also composed the editorial article 'History and the commons: A necessary conversation'; both of them are, together with team member René van Weeren and affiliated researchers José-Miguel Lana and Angus Winchester, also co-authors of the article 'Ruling the Commons. Introducing a new methodology for the analysis of historical commons', which forms part of this special issue.

> Editorial article 'History and the commons' (PDF)

> Article 'Ruling the commons' (PDF)

> Website International Journal of the Commons

Over 1,000 abstracts submitted for Biennial IASC-Conference (Utrecht, 10-14 July 2017)


The Call for papers, panels, and posters for the XVI Biennial IASC-Conference ‘Practicing the Commons: Self-Governance, Cooperation, and Institutional Change’ (Utrecht, 10-14 July 2017), hosted by the Institutions for Collective Action- research team and the Strategic Theme Institutions for Open Societies of Utrecht University  has resulted in over 1,050 abstracts from more than 70 different countries, which promises that the 2017 conference will be one of the largest events worldwide on the issue of commons.  The 2017 conference will be held in the wonderful historic city center of Utrecht, a major university town in the middle of the Netherlands . With the theme of the conference, 'Practicing the Commons: Self-Governance, Cooperation, and Institutional Change', the organizers 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.

> Conference website

New publication on female infant mortality 

Recently, the academic Journal of Epidemiology & Public Health published an early online article by team member Corry Gellatly and his co-author prof. dr. Marion Petrie of the Institute of Health & Society at Newcastle University, entitled 'Prenatal sex selection and female infant mortality are more common in India after firstborn and second-born daughters'. For this publication, Gellatly and Petrie have analyzed the National Family Health Survey (NHFS) data sets for India over several years, to examine whether increased use of PSS may offset excess female infant mortality, by reducing the number of ‘unwanted’ daughters being born.

> Article (institutional subscription may be required)

> Podcast interview with Corry Gellatly regarding this publication

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. On 31 August, the national news magazine nrc.nl published an online article on the emergence of Citizen Science, also describing some current or recent projects. Tine De Moor is one of the experts interviewed for this article. The national broadcast network NPO-Radio1 dedicated its broadcast of 3 September 2016 to Citizen Science, interviewing Tine De Moor on this topic. Team members René van Weeren and Anita Boele jointly authored an article on the broader background of the 'Ja, ik wil!'-project. This article was the opening article of the dossier on 'Marriage' in the latest issue of the Dutch genealogical journal Gen.


> Article Trouw [in Dutch]

> Article de Volkskrant [in Dutch]

> Article EOS Wetenschap [in Dutch]

> Article nrc.nl [in Dutch]

> Radio broadcast [in Dutch]

Two publications by research team members published in edited book on future of historical demography

Recently, Acco Publishers published the book, entitled The future of historical demography: Upside down and inside out, edited by Koen Matthys, Saskia Hin, Jan Kok, and Hiduko Matsuo, and launched at the 2nd ESHD Conference, held 21-24 September 2016 at the Catholic University of Leuven. This edited book contains short papers by a large number of demographic and historical researchers, shedding their light on the future of historical demography. Tine De Moor contributed with the opening chapter, entitled 'Dare to dig! More history is needed to take historical demography a few steps further' and Charlotte Störmer co-authored the article 'Crop prices and demographic outcomes - A critical re-evaluation of the proxy' together with Kai Willführ. 

> Book chapter by Tine De Moor

> Info on book on editor's website

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  have 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 ; the results of the survey have been incorporated in an article Fleur co-authored with Dirk Holemans for the Oikos Magazine. 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 Flemish newspaper de Standaard has written a newspaper article on the results of Fleur's survey.

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

> Article Oikos 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]