Professors Mansee Bal Bhargava (Nirma University, Ahmedabad, India) and Tine De Moor (Utrecht University, The Netherlands) welcome contributions to the panel they want to propose for IASC2019 in Peru.

The panel invites papers in both the sections with a larger goal towards acknowledging the crucial role that gender balance has in both commons management practices and studies. The panel hopes to receive a large response from contributors and depending on the submission the panel will be re-organised.

If you are interested in contributing, please contact Mansee Bal Bhargava via this link as soon as possible; when you submit a panel-related paper for this panel, make sure to include ID 147 as first keyword.

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Panel abstract

Gender in relation to the management of commons can be looked at through two broad lenses. First the gender balance in commons management practices and second the gender balance in the commons management studies. Whereas the former is extensively studied by commons scholars, the latter intrigues us because of our observation during the Asia Region Biennial IASC Meeting on “Redefining Diversity and Dynamism of Natural Resource Management in Asia” in July 2018 at AIT, Bangkok Thailand that the community of commons scholars seems to be more gender balanced than many other disciplines. In both cases, we need to pose interlinked inquiries including the sophism and fallacies of looking at gender balance as a notion in commons management.

Some queries about the gender balance in commons practices include: how much of the success of the commons can be attributed to the gender balance and gender equality? does a common need to address gender balance in order to be successful? are commons management practices inherently more gender balanced or do local conditions influence the gender dynamics. Do commons have an effect on gender balance in access to and in appropriation of collective resources? Does the position of gender within the local action situation influence distinctly the commons management? Some queries in the gender balance in commons studies include: Is interdisciplinarity in the commons more practiced by a specific gender? Given the gender disparity in academia around the world: are the commons reflecting a priority and pattern in advantage of gender balance; how important is the gender role model for an academic community? Or has the influence of Elinor Ostrom as a role model been pivotal in stimulating a gender balance in the community of commons-scholars? Are interdisciplinary studies anyhow more used to deal with differences including gender? Are commons a preferred field of study by the women? Does the gender balance within the IASC lead to different parts of attention in the domain? Can the IASC be considered as a best practice in the formation of gender balanced research? What can IASC do to ensure continuing the gender balance tradition and stimulate other academic communities to follow its example?

Call for contributions to IASC2019 panel on Gender Balance and Commons Management