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3rd IASC Europe & CIS Colloquium Series on Commons and Policy in 2024!

Based on the experience of the 1st and 2nd IASC Europe & CIS Colloquium Series on Commons and Policy, in 2024, the Regional Chapter of IASC Europe & CIS hosts the next colloquium series featuring selected presentations and plenary sessions.  

Thematically, the presentations within the series will be dedicated to policy issues related to the commons and bringing the commons knowledge, policy, and practice closer in Europe & CIS and beyond. 

IASC Europe & CIS is dedicated to supporting the communication among IASC members to facilitate content-based exchange and cross-disciplinary networking.

The sub-theme of the colloquium series will be dedicated to the pressing issues related to various crises we are facing around the world. We are particularly interested in understanding the challenges and opportunities these various crises present for the commons (e.g., crises related to climate, biodiversity, migration, poverty, health, energy, etc). In addition to the topics that are specific to individual presentations, we would like to discuss the following overarching questions in the plenary sessions: 

– How commons are affected by the crises directly or indirectly, reflecting historical and institutional change? 
– What are the policy implications and what opportunities exist to overcome various crises through the lens of the commons? 
– How can the commons scholarship and practice provide lessons for improving the societal resilience to cope with the crises?

The table below will be gradually updated to provide more detailed information on speakers and topics for each date. The meetings will take place online on Fridays from 13:00 to 14:30 CET.

The IASC Europe & CIS Colloquium Series on Commons and Policy are jointly founded and organized by the Institute of Social Anthropology, University of Bern, Switzerland and the Chair for Environmental Sociology, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany.  For joining the meetings, contact Tobias Haller at and Ilkhom Soliev at Information with the meeting link will also follow via direct communication to members (we also recommend checking if your membership is still valid). If you are not a member, see the information on how to become one and benefits here.




April 19, 2024

Lisa Francesca Rail

University of Vienna, Austria

Claiming the commons’ value in the context of de-valuation, and the ambivalent role of the state in recognizing it (ethnographic case study from Austria)

Abstract / Bio

April 26, 2024

Iuliia Eremenko

University of Warsaw, Poland

Local experts in world heritage cities: Understanding their role in polycentric governance of heritage sites in Poland

Abstract / Bio

May 3, 2024

Bidisha Banerji

Amity University, India

Discussant: Ben Elder

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

Urban green commons and impact on housing valuations

Abstract / Bio

May 10, 2024

Lisa Francesca Rail

Iuliia Eremenko

Bidisha Banerji

Plenary session 1: Cross-cutting themes in the context of commons and crises

Research topics / Bios

May 17, 2024

Ramya Chandrasekhar

The National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), France

Towards critical openness and relational data commons: Proposals for governance of open data

Abstract / Bio

May 24, 2024

Alex Pazaitis

Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia

Challenging contemporary societal challenges: Commoning practices for technology, value, and care

Abstract / Bio

May 31, 2024

Shann Turnbull

International Institute for Self-governance, Australia

Susan Wanmer

Byron Bay Business College, Australia

Extending the work of Ostrom in the context of the global commons

Abstract / Bios

June 7, 2024

Ramya Chandrasekhar (tbd)

Shann Turnbull

Susan Wanmer

Alex Pazaitis

Plenary session 2: Cross-cutting themes in the context of commons and crises

Research topics / Bios


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