About IASC Europe & CIS

The IASC was founded on May 27, 1989 and its legal address has been at Indiana University since then. Various global, regional and topical conferences have been organized in Europe over the years. Since 2018 we started to decentralize our coordination, particularly to facilitate understanding and practice of commons on more regional and local levels.  We would like to support communication among the members as well as potential members of the association within the region/country/thematic areas, and reach out to broader external audiences.

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Jobs

PhD position in agri-environmental policy and resource governance at MLU Halle

The Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Food Policy (Prof. Dr. Insa Theesfeld) at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg announces a vacancy of a Research Associate (50%) in Agri-environmental Policy and Resource Governance.

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Publications

Routledge Handbook of the Study of the Commons: Chapter on Pseudo-Commons in Post-Socialist Countries by Theesfeld available open access now

Chapter 26. The Role of Pseudo-Commons in Post-Socialist Countries by Insa Theesfeld has now been made available Open Access, and the link to the chapter can be found online.

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Publications

Routledge Handbook of the Study of the Commons

The new Routledge Handbook of the Study of the Commons edited by Blake Hudson, Jonathan Rosenbloom, Dan Cole and with contributions from some of the leading commons scholars and practitioners is available in print now.

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Paradigm Change or Old wine in new bottles? Debating and reformulating SDGs – an experiment

Working Paper: This paper contains the results of an experiment conducted at the Institute of Social Anthropology at the University of Bern, Switzerland, in a participatory seminar during the autumn semester of 2016.

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Events

Videos now available from the IASC Workshop ‘Conceptualizing the New Commons’

We are very glad that we can now share at least parts of our talks from the IASC workshops with wider audience, and we will continue to work on making more of our knowledge available further.

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Theesfeld on IASC Europe and the Commons (Video)

Here you can watch the excerpts from Prof. Theesfeld’s welcome address at the IASC Workshop on Conceptualizing the New Commons, held in Oldenburg on 6-8 June 2018.

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Calls for Papers

Call for Papers: Special Issue “The Ethics of the Commons”, Journal of the Business Ethics, submission deadline December 15, 2018

Call for Papers for publication in a Special Issue on The Ethics of the Commons announced by the Journal of Business Ethics.

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‘Decommonising the mind’: historical impacts of British imperialism on indigenous tenure systems and self-understanding in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland

New article by Iain MacKinnon in the IJC, investigating an example from Scotland questions whether external authorities are responsible for initiating attempts to ‘decommonise’ common property regimes.

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Regional Coordination Team

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Tobias Haller

Extraordinary Professor in Social Anthropology, University of Bern, Switzerland

Tobias Haller is Extraordinary Professor in Social Anthropology at the Institute of Social Anthropology, University of Bern, Switzerland and lecturer at the ETH Zurich. He studied at the University of Zurich social anthropology, geography and sociology and made his PhD and his habilitation at the University of Zurich. After being project leader in the NCCCR North-South, he was appointed as Director of the Swiss Network for International Studies in Geneva in 2008. In 2009 he became Associate professor at the Institute of Social Anthropology in Bern until 2014 when he received an extraordinary professorship at the same institute.

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Ilkhom Soliev

Senior Researcher / Lecturer at the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Food Policy & Resource Governance, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany

Ilkhom Soliev is an institutional economist with research focus on governance of common pool resources. His work in research, education, and development has focused on the study of sustainable and equitable natural resource governance and effective institutions. He has studied and developed empirical and theoretical foundations of benefit sharing as a governance approach to managing shared water resources in Central Asia, documenting and analyzing over a century-long data. As a Senior Researcher and Lecturer at the Martin Luther University in Halle-Wittenberg, Germany, he focuses on examining societal transformations across multiple natural resource domains of water, land, forests, biodiversity, and climate, as well as in various cultural and political contexts spanning from Central Asia and the wider post-Soviet region to developed countries such as Germany, Spain, and the United States. His most recent research interest is in Rights of Nature.