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Tine De Moor


Tine De Moor, Professor "Institutions for Collective Action in Historical Perspective", Utrecht University


Position in relation to project

Principal Investigator


Short biography  

Tine De Moor (PhD; Ghent, Antwerp, and London) is professor "Institutions for Collective Action in Historical Perspective" at the department for social and economic history of Utrecht University. Through an interdisciplinary approach for the study of the long-term evolution of rural commons, De Moor has been able to revise the historical basis of the widely debated metaphor of the Tragedy of the Commons, as launched in 1968 by G. Hardin. Whereas from a modern-day perspective the flaws in Hardin’s theory have been well-documented, the historical deficiencies in his theory were hardly ever studied. De Moor’s research, combined extensive empirical research and analysis with explicit modelling and a strongly developed theoretical framework, has been published in several books, journals. She is also the (co-)founder of the peer-reviewed journal the International Journal of the Commons, and she has been member of the Executive council of the International Association for the Study of the Commons since 2008; in 2014, she was elected as President-Elect of the IASC, taking office as President on January 15, 2015. De Moor is currently in charge of or involved in several projects on institutions for collective action, of which one is awarded with a VIDI-Grant by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).


In December 2012, Tine De Moor was also admitted as member of the Young Academy of Europe. On March 20, 2014, she was also installed as new member of The Young Academy of The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).


CV and publications

Full CV and profile on institutional webpage: https://www.rsm.nl/people/tine-de-moor/

(click here for citation index Google Scholar)

Involved in Research Themes

> Formation of institutions for collective action

> Regulations of institutions for collective action

> Conflicts between institutions for collective action

> Relation between Household Economies and institutions for collective action

> Relation between Marriage Patterns and the emergence of institutions for collective action


Involved in projects

> Nature or nurture? A search for the institutional and biological determinants of life expectancy in Europe during the early modern period

> Project 'Modelling institutional dynamics in historical commons (MIDI)' (more info and link will follow)

> United We Stand. The Dynamics and Consequences of Institutions for Collective Action in Pre-Industrial Europe (ERC)  (completed)

> Common Rules (completed)

Involved in debates  

> On institutions for collective action in general

> On commons as institutions for collective action

> On marriage patterns and institutions for collective action



Other items

For press publications and interviews, please visit our Press page


Personal webpage (including CV and full list of publications)

> Personal webpage