The IASC Executive Council consists of the president, past-president, president-elect, and six council members. All members work on a voluntary basis for the IASC and have been elected by the membership through one of the biennial elections. The council is supported by the IASC Secretariat and through the voluntary support of several ex-officio council members.

All tasks, election procedures, and the position of council members have been laid down in the bylaws of the IASC.

Elected members
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John Powell, president
Senior research fellow, Countryside and Community Research Institute, University of Gloucestershire (UK)
 
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John is senior research fellow at the Countryside and Community Research Centre of Gloucestershire University. He is an institutional economist with expertise in natural resources management, commons governance, environmental valuation, and policy and programme evaluation. Current research includes a focus on common resources management and development of techniques for evaluation of rural development programs in the UK and Europe. Recent projects include the application of Social Return on Investment (SROI) methodology at the programme level and evaluating community renewable energy projects. He has previously worked for the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on development of new legislation for common land, and is currently exploring the concept of resilience in upland commons and inshore fisheries around the UK.
 
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Marco A. Janssen, president-elect and regional IASC coordinator for North-America
Professor School of Sustainability; director of the Center for Behavior, Institutions, and the Environment, Arizona State University, Tempe (US)
 
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Marco directs the transdisciplinary Center for Behavior, Institutions, and the Environment (Arizona State University), which focuses on the study the governance of social-ecological systems. Marco uses multiple methods, such as behavioral experiments, agent-based modeling, and case study analysis, to study collective action and the commons of diverse application areas. For example, he explores whether experimental games can be effective intervention tools to enhance self-governing solutions in rural India. Marco also studies governance and resilience of coupled infrastructure systems in urban environments, such as water governance in Mexico City.
 
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Tine De Moor, past-president
Professor Institutions for Collective Action in Historical Perspective, Department of History and Art History, Utrecht University (Netherlands)
 
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Tine is Professor Institutions for Collective Action in Historical Perspective at the Department of History and Art History of Utrecht University. She leads the Institutions for Collective Action research team and is affiliated with Utrecht University’s Strategic Theme ‘Institutions’. Her research focuses on the emergence, the functioning, and the development of institutions for collective action over time, with a special focus on the early modern period in Europe. Tine’s work involves research on a wide range of such institutions that combine economic and social goals, e.g. common land, guilds, cooperatives. Tine is also involved in many initiatives that concern the valorization of this academic research. Tine was IASC-President 2015-2017 and chair of IASC2017, the largest conference on commons ever.
 
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Xavier Basurto, council member
Associate Professor of Sustainability Science, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University Marine Lab (US)
 
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Xavier is Associate Professor of Sustainability Science at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. He is interested in the politics of collective action and self-governance, and the interaction of politics with the biophysical environment. His team’s current work engages, fishers, fishing representatives and practitioners in the co-production of shared understandings of the determinants of functional fishing organizations and how to jointly create diagnostic frameworks that can better inform the development of better theories of collective action on the one hand, and lead to stronger fishing organizations in the other hand. His NSF funded work also examines the relationships between institutional diversity and environmental variability in the context of inshore fishing commons.
 
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Sheila Foster, council member
Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Law, Faculty of Law, Georgetown University (US)
 
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Sheila R. Foster is Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Law at Georgetown University. Previously, she was Co-Director of the Fordham Urban Law Center and was founder of the university-wide Fordham Urban Consortium. She is also Co-Director (with Christian Iaione) of the research project Laboratory for the Governance of the Commons based at LUISS Guido Carli in Rome and Georgetown University. She has worked with community-based groups, scholars, policymakers, and governmental agencies to reform environmental and land use policies and practices consistent with the principles of environmental justice. Professor Foster was recently appointed to the New York City Panel on Climate Change which investigates the relationship between climate change and inequality at the neighborhood level.
 
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Everisto Mapedza, council member regional IASC coordinator for Africa
Senior researcher / social and institutional scientist, International Water Management Institute (Ghana)
 
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Everisto is a Senior Researcher with the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), based at the IWMI West Africa office in Accra, Ghana in 2017. Prior to joining IWMI (2006), Everisto was a Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). His research is based on understanding the common property resources such as water, forestry and land and grounding them within the gendered livelihoods context, as in Africa commons form the backbone for the livelihoods of poor men and women. Everisto Mapedza was the Focal Point for the Dryland Systems Consortium Research Program (CRP) with IWMI’s research focusing on South Asia, Central Asia, West Africa, East and Southern Africa.
 
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Charles Schweik, council member
Professor Environmental Conservation; interim director UMass Amherst School of Public Policy; associate director, National Center for Digital Government, University of Massachusetts at Amherst (US)
 
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Charles Schweik is Professor of Environmental Conservation and Public Policy and Administration, the Interim Director of the School of Public Policy, and Associate Director of the National Center for Digital Government at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. The focus of his research mainly lies with how ‘commons-based peer production’ in open-source software works but also includes research to other Internet-based peer production settings, including: (a) open access and education; (b) citizen science crowdsourcing environmental (invasive species) monitoring; (c) open science, environmental justice, makers, and makerspaces; and (d) the systematic study of Peer Production 'Knowledge Commons' cases. Charles is also affiliated with the knowledge commons groups Public Laboratory for Science and Geo For All.
 
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Insa Theesfeld, council member and regional IASC coordinator for Europe
Professor of Agricultural, Environmental and Food Policy, Institute of Agricultural and Food Sciences, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg (Germany)
 
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Insa Theesfeld is an agricultural economist, specialized in institutional economics and resource economics and works as Professor of Agricultural, Environmental and Food Policy at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (Germany). Her research and teaching fields compose the desirable fit between policies foreseen to be implemented and the formal and informal institutional arrangements in place. She analyses how communities govern their use of natural resources, taking power and leadership aspects at different scales into account. A significant strand of her work has explored water resource management issues and the linkages to other natural resources, emerging from the property rights structures in place. Based on her geographical orientation she has developed and is leading the research field on pseudo-commons in post-socialist countries
 
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Catherine M. Tucker, council member
Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Florida (US)
 
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Catherine M. Tucker is Professor at the Department of Anthropology, University of Florida. Her research unites interests in community-based natural research management, institutional analysis, and global change processes, with a focus on forest and watershed governance in Latin America, with special interest in the emergence and maintenance of effective institutions, as well as their shortcomings. She is a strong promotor of creating awareness of how commons research can contribute to wiser policy and practice, next to exploring new opportunities for commons scholars and practitioners, especially from the Global South. Catherine is co-founder and board member of The Mountain Sentinels Collaborative Network, a network of scholars, non-governmental and governmental organizations, and stakeholders working towards sustainability of mountain environments and communities worldwide.
 
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René van Weeren, executive director
Research and education support officer, Department of History and Art History, Utrecht University (Netherlands)
 
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René van Weeren is Research and Education Support Officer at the Department of History and Art History of Utrecht University and holds a BA in History. As a member of the Institutions for Collective Action Research Team, he was closely involved with the international Common Rules-project, that focused on the codification, comparison, and analysis of commons regulations throughout time. As Executive Director of the IASC (since 2015) he is managing the IASC-Secretariat, currently hosted at Utrecht University and webmaster of the IASC website. René also supports local organizers in the set-up, administration, and preparations of IASC-related events.
 
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Ex-officio members
Gabriela Lichtenstein, regional coordinator IASC Latin-America
Researcher National Research Council (CONICET), Argentina
 
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Gabriela Lichtenstein is coordinator of Proyecto PA.IS, and a researcher of the National Research Council (CONICET) based at the National Institute of Anthropology and Latin American Thought (INAPL) in Argentina. She has recently been appointed as regional IASC coordinator for Latin America.
 
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Yahua Wang, national coordinator IASC China
Professor School of Public Policy & Management, Tsinghua University
 
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Prof. Yahua Wang has recently be appointed as IASC's national coordinator for China. More info will follow soon.
 
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Juan M. Pulhin, regional coordinator IASC South-East Asia
Professor and former Dean, College of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of the Philippines Los Baños
 
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Prof. Juan M. Pulhin is full Professor and former Dean of the College of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of the Philippines Los Baños. He has more than 30 years of experience in natural resources and environmental education, research and development at the national and international level.
 
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Frank van Laerhoven, co-editor-in-chief International Journal of the Commons
Assistant professor Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University (Netherlands)
 
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Frank van Laerhoven works as Assistant Professor at the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development of Utrecht University. His research activities focus on environmental governance, particularly the governance of ecosystems, with a special interest in commons, socio-ecological systems, decentralization reforms, local democracy and participation, and the solving of collective action dilemmas. He currently works on the role of NGOs in stimulating collective action of CPR users, and on the role of gender in adaptation strategies in response to climate change. Frank is also involved in several international projects such as the NWO DeltaMAR project, the NWO Living Polders project. He is editor-in-chief of the International Journal of the Commons, issued by the IASC since 2007.
 
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Sergio Villamayor, co-editor International Journal of the Commons
Postdoc fellow Humboldt University Berlin (Germany); Marie Curie Research Fellow Institute of Environmental Science and Technology, Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain)
 
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Sergio Villamayor-Tomas is currently Marie Curie Research Fellow at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology} (ICTA), at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He is also affiliated with the Ostrom Workshop (Indiana University) and the Berlin Workshop in Institutional Analysis of Socio-Ecological Systems (WINS). His research areas are climate change adaptation, community-based natural resource management, and polycentric governance. His research approaches are institutional economics, political economy and political ecology. Specific topics include adaptation to droughts and other disturbances in the irrigation sector, bottom-up management solutions to the water-energy-food nexus, trans-boundary river management, and the interaction of social movements and commons management. He is co-editor-in-chief of the International Journal of the Commons.
 
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Michael Schoon, co-editor International Journal of the Commons
Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University (US)
 
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Michael Schoon is Assistant Professor at the School of Sustainability of Arizona State University. Having studied collaborative, cross-border institutional arrangements covering a range of environmental issues from biodiversity conservation to water sharing to fire management in the Arizona borderlands, the main focus of his research now lies with policy and governance in sustainable systems. His work combines multiple methodological approaches and looks at causal clusters for the formation and governance outcomes of institutional arrangements. Michael Schoon is active in international research communities on resilience, robustness, and complex systems through the Resilience Alliance and the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics and serves on the board for IUCN's Transboundary Conservation Specialist Group. He is co-editor-in-chief of the International Journal of the Commons.

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Alyne Delaney, editor Commons Digest
Head of Research Innovative Fisheries Management, Aalborg University (Denmark)
 
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Alyne Delaney is an applied anthropologist working in coastal areas and on fisheries and maritime-related research projects. She is Head of Research at IFM – the Centre for Blue Governance, Aalborg University (Denmark). Her expertise lies in social science research methods and qualitative analyses of governance and resource rights issues in the maritime context. Alyne has a particular interest in social sustainability, resilience, resource rights, social organization, and fisheries management issues worldwide, and also in gender issues in fisheries, cultural valuation of biodiversity, and the impacts of disaster on coastal communities. She is the Editor of the Commons Digest of the International Association for the Study of the Commons, and Associate Editor for both Maritime Studies and Nature Conservation.
 
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Charlotte Wagenaar, communications adviser
Senior Communications Advisor at PharmAccess Foundation (Netherlands)
 
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Skaidra Smith-Heisters, communications fellow North-America
Graduate Affiliate, Center for Behavior, Institutions, and the Environment
 
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Skaidra Smith-Heisters is a doctoral student at Arizona State University in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change and a graduate service assistant at the College of Public Service and Community Solutions. Her research investigates polycentric decision making in large-scale infrastructure systems. In 2018, she serves as IASC Regional Communications Fellow for North-America.
 
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Emily Castle, information officer
Director Library and Information Services, Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Indiana University
 
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Emily Castle is Operations Manager and Library Director of The Ostrom Workshop at Indiana University in Bloomington. The Ostrom Workshop focuses on the study of governance as it relates to many different research areas. As of August 2016, the Ostrom Workshop developed three research programs: Cybersecurity and Internet Governance, Natural Resource Governance, and Political, Economic, and Legal Institutions and Organizations. For the future, the Ostrom Workshops aims to add other programs, including: ‘governance of data’,’financial organizations’, ‘international organizations’, ‘public health’, and ‘education’. The Ostrom Workshop seeks to leverage the knowledge produced both within and across research programs in order to enhance educational opportunities for students worldwide, to produce innovative and policy-relevant research, and to increase the scope for multidisciplinary collaborations.
 
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IASC Ambassadors
Ganesh Shivakoti, IASC Ambassador Asia
Adjunct Professor, Agricultural and Natural Resources Management and Founder Director, Ostrom Center for Study of Natural Resources Governance, Asian Institute of Technology (Thailand)
 
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Ganesh Shivakoti is Adjunct Professor of Agricultural and Natural Resources Management and Founder Director of Ostrom Center for the Study of Natural Resources Governance (OCeAN) at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok, Thailand. In 2017, he published four edited volumes on ‘Redefining Diversity and Dynamics on Natural Resources Management in Asia’ on issues related to natural resources governance and management. He is also actively involved in field research, training doctoral students, organizing regional meetings and presenting the findings at academic and professional meetings. Next to his position at AIT, he is also visiting professor with the University of Tokyo, Japan, as well as with the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University, USA.

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Tobias Haller, IASC Ambassador Europe
Extraordinary Professor in Social Anthropology, Institute for Social Anthropology, University of Bern (Switzerland)
 
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Tobias did fieldwork in Cameroon and Zambia and has specialized in economic and ecological anthropology (common pool resource management, New Institutionalism and local perception of environment, peasants and agro-pastoralist, fishermen, oil exploitation, protected areas, and community-based natural resource management). He teaches courses on economic, political, and ecological anthropology on topics such as sustainable use of natural resources, environmental perception, conservation and protected areas, land tenure issues, and anthropology of mining. The main focus of his work is on sustainable local resource management, with special reference to so-called collective goods (commons), but also relating to nature conservation areas and major investment in agricultural regions (so-called "land grabbing"). He also studies the activities of oil and mining corporations and the associated environmental and human rights problems.
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Anne MacKinnon, IASC Ambassador North-America
Independent Researcher (USA)
 
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