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

Understanding behavioral change for improved water governance: Reflecting on ongoing development interventions in India

IASC members share insights and reflections on their experiences from international development interventions in India with focus on understanding the role of behavioral change for improved water governance at scale.

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Events

Join IASC One-Day Virtual Conference on Food Commons in Europe and Beyond on December 9! (Update)

Food as commons, food governance, and more at this conference.

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Cast a vote for finalists of Teaching the Commons video contest!

Five finalist videos of 2021 Worlds Commons Week’s contest have been selected and are available for watching. IASC members can cast their votes.

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Latest News

Honoring the life of Silke Helfrich

Long-standing IASC member Silke Helfrich passed away in an accident on November 10, 2021.

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Events

Join World Commons Week online on December 6-12!

Video contest about teaching the commons and more at this conference.

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Join IASC 2021 General Conference online on October 11-15!

Cross-cutting topics about commons and more at this conference.

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Video update for the book “Balancing the Commons in Switzerland” by Haller et al.

Now an introductory video available for the new book on the development and changes in the management of commons in Switzerland.

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Latest News

Welcome Tobias Haller – new Regional Coordinator for IASC Europe

A long-standing IASC member Tobias Haller takes over regional coordination of IASC Europe.

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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.