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History of IASC

The International Association for the Study of the Commons began as the Common Property Network in 1984. The Common Property Network was formed to foster discussions on Common Property issues.

In 1986, to provide a more productive exchange of information and to disseminate information between scientists in different countries and varied disciplines, the Common Property Network, sponsored by the National Research Council's Board on Science and Technology for International Development and the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, published the Common Property Digest.

In 1989, an ad hoc group of scholars including political scientists, anthropologists, economists, historians, and natural resource managers organized the Association.

Since its incorporation, the IASCP's membership has grown from 200 to over 1,000 individual and institutional members, has sponsored twelve international conferences, and held its first regional meeting in Brisbane, Australia in August 2001.