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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Publications

‘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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Constitutionality: conditions for crafting local ownership of institution-building processes by Tobias Haller, Greg Acciaioli & Stephan Rist (SNR’s Designated Award Finalist)

This article presents constitutionality as a new approach for analyzing bottom-up institution-building processes emphasizing local perceptions and local agency in common pool resource management.

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Calls for Papers

Call for Papers: Special Issue ‘Does commons grabbing lead to resilience grabbing? The anti-politics machine of neo-liberal agrarian development and local responses’, new deadline December 31, 2018

IASC Europe Ambassador Tobias Haller invites submissions for the Special Issue in Journal “Land”.

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Events

‘Conceptualizing the New Commons – The Examples of Knowledge Commons & Seed and Variety Commons’: IASC Workshop connects the open access to knowledge with agricultural questions for the future

From June 6th to 8th 2018, thirty scholars and activists from more than ten countries met in Oldenburg, Northern Germany, to discuss the sustainable and viable management of New Commons.

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Program announced for IASC Workshop ‘Social Mobilization and the Commons’

The event, organized in an informal round table format, discusses the practice and policy around commons movements featuring guest speakers Concha Salguero of Iniciativa Comunales, Massimo de Angelis of University of East London, and Nikola Zeuner of Wikimedia Germany.

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IASC Workshop ‘Conceptualizing the New Commons’ is under way

An exciting lineup of keynote speakers and paper presenters has been secured by the organizers of the IASC Workshop on Conceptualizing the New Commons, Oldenburg, Germany, 6-8 June 2018.

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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.