Skip to main content


International Journal of the Commons announces winners of Elinor Ostrom Award for Most Innovative Paper 2015

he International Journal of the Commons, official publication of the IASC, recently announced that the Elinor Ostrom Award for Most Innovative Paper of the Year 2015 has been awarded to Daniel Wright, Krister Andersson, Clark Gibson, and Tom Evans for their contribution 'What incentivizes local forest conservation efforts? Evidence from Bolivia'.

Triodos Foundation new supporting member of IASC

As of June 2016, Triodos Foundation has joined the IASC as supporting member for the period 2016-2020. Triodos Foundation has over 40 years of experience within working with gift money for the purpose of a sustainable society and a greater quality of life. Triodos Foundation's aim is to stimulate national and international initiatives that instigate social renewal, especially in organic farming, development, the environment, sustainable energy, arts and culture, education and health care. Triodos Foundation serves as an intermediary between donors and a broad range of projects.

Call for Proposals for organizing IASC Biennial Conference 2019

The International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) is now accepting preliminary proposals from individuals/organizations interested in HOSTING our 17th Biennial Conference in 2019.

IASC Biennial Conferences bring together commons scholars and practitioners from around the world. Very soon the organizers of the XVI Biennial Conference of the IASC (Utrecht, 10-14 July 2017) will be launching their call for papers, but the IASC Secretariat is already looking for enthusiastic organizers for the 2019 Biennial Conference, given the size of these meetings and the preparation it takes.

Summer School Course 'Land Governance for Development' - Utrecht University, July 2016 - deadline registration 1 June 2016

LANDac (organizational member of the IASC) organizes a 2 weeks summer school course on 'Land Governance for Development' as part of Utrecht University's Summer School Utrecht 2016. Large-scale acquisition of land in the global South has received a great deal of interest in the last few years. The course is designed for Master’s students, PhD students, academics as well as for practitioners from development organizations, projects, and governments who are interested in or work in the fields of land governance, development studies, natural resource management, planning, human rights, and conflict studies.

Expert meeting 'The Commons!' (Re:Creating Europe Forum on European Culture) - Amsterdam, 2 June 2016

On 2 June 2016, DutchCulture, European Cultural Foundation, and De Balie organized a closed expert session on 'The Commons!' as part of the Re:Creating Europe Forum on European Culture. Having been neglected for some time, the commons reemerged as a collective term for a wide range of citizen’s activities, from urban gardening to governing cultural spaces. During this expert session experts, artists, activists and academics discussed these questions: does this new emphasis on the Commons illustrate the transition from governments to co-governance, or are the Commons the last resort for bottom top activists, and how does the idea of the Commons relate to the local and the global?

Symposium 'De kracht van coöperativen in het beheer van commons' - Ghent - 8 September 2016

Coopkracht will organize on 8 September 2016, in cooperation with Coop-pharmacies, the research team Institutions for Collective Action of Utrecht University (supporting member of the IASC), Denktank Oikos (led by IASC-member Dirk Holemans),, WISE POWER, and the European Committeea symposium, entitled 'De kracht van coöperaties voor het beheer van commons' ['The power

Symposium 'Cooperation in the field' - Utrecht University - 23 June 2016

On 23 June the symposium ‘Cooperation in the field’ is organized and hosted by researchers affiliated with the strategic theme 'Institutions for Open Societies' (supporting member of the IASC) of Utrecht University. Several international speakers will share their practical experience with (research on) cooperation. The symposium forms part of a series of annual symposia on cooperation, one of the main research topics within the ‘Institutions’ theme.The symposium is free of charge, registration however is required

Symposium 'Ghent-city of the commons? Co-creation: a new form of cooperation between citizens & the government' (Ghent, 20 June)

IASC-member Dirk Holemans, chair of Oikos, will be moderating the symposium 'Ghent - city of the commons? Co-creation: a new form of cooperation between the citizens and the government', which will be organized by and which will be held on 20 June 2016 in Ghent.

Program 4th Regional European IASC-Conference (Bern, 10-13 May 2016) out now

The program for the 4th European IASC-Conference (Bern, 10-13 May 2016) is out now. The program comprises several keynote lectures by renowned experts on commons issues as well as a large number of interesting presentations by on a wide range of commons issues by the conference participants. Next to the regular sessions there will be several practitioners' labs, dealing with the specific issues expert practitioners encounter in the daily practice of the common.

Share it: