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IASC Early Career Network Meeting on Institutional and Social-Ecological Systems Analysis – Oct 5-6 (extended deadline)

IASC ECN cordially invites you to attend the Online IASC Early Career Network (ECN) Meeting on Institutional and Social-Ecological Systems Analysis co-organized by the University of Kassel, the University of Bonn and other IASC ECN members.

What is the format and timeline for the meeting?

The meeting will be held in the format of an online workshop and will take place on Monday, October 5, 14:30 – 18:45 CEST and on Tuesday, October 6, 08:00 – 12:45 CEST

COVID19 diclaimer: Originally the event was planned as a mix of virtual and physical participation at the end of September. However, due to the corona restrictions the meeting will be completely virtual and held from October 5 to 6.

What is the goal of the workshop?

The workshop aims at establishing an annual network meeting of commons scholars and those interested in research of sustainable governance of resource and social-ecological systems. This network meeting aims at bringing together early career scholars (pre- and postdocs as well as advanced master students) and those with more experience in the field of governing commons of any type. The organizers want to enable fruitful discussion and collaboration amongst peers, as well as give early career scholars the opportunity to meet senior scholars and practitioners who can aid with their experience, orientation in the field and constructive advice on one’s work. Likewise, the meeting gives senior scholars the possibility to meet younger scientists with fresh views on their research and thereby foster novelty and push the frontiers of the commons dicourse.

What are the topics? 

Some of the examples of the topics the IASC ECN members associate themselves with are:

Commons and collective action, institutional analysis, new institutional economics, social-ecological systems and social-ecological systems (SES) framework, institutional analysis and development (IAD) framework, polycentricity, environmental governance, natural resource policy, public goods, common-pool resources, institutional grammar.

The list is by no means exhaustive, feel free to let the organizers know what topics you are interested in related to the commons.

What is the program for the network meeting?

Note that all times are given in 24-hour format and in CEST – please use EveryTimeZone to find yours. The schedule of this meeting should make participation possible for multiple time zones. 

October 5
14:30 – 15:00 Digital welcome and walk through the program
15:00 – 15:15 Welcome address by Insa Theesfeld
15:15 – 16:00 Keynote by Harini Nagendra
16:00 – 16:15 Break
16:15 – 16:30 Introduction to the digital World-Café
16:30 – 16:45 Break
16:45 – 17:45 One-hour digital World-Café sessions
17:45 – 18:00 Break
18:00 – 18:45 Wrap-up session

October 6
08:00 – 08:30 Digital welcome and walk through the program
08:30 – 09:45 Panel “What is the future research agenda on governing natural resources?”, chaired by Graeme Cumming with Tiffany Morrison, Andreas Thiel, Hita Unnikrishnan and Menelisi Falayi
09:45 – 10:00 Break
10:00 – 10:30 Introduction to digital World-Café
10:30 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 11:45 One-hour digital World-Café sessions
11:45 – 12:00 Break
12:00 – 12:45 Feedback and closing session

Where to learn more about the meeting and how to register?

For registration please fill out this Form before August 21, 2020. Please email Maria Gerullis ( for any questions.  

Please note, this is an event organized by IASC ECN members but IASC membership is not mandatory to attend the meeting. Those interested in becoming a member can read about options here.

Updates of the meeting will be posted on this website.

Last updated on August 17, 2020.


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