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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Join IASC 2021 Knowledge Commons Virtual Conference on June 9-11!

Classic knowledge commons and practices, infrastructure, social systems and more at this conference.


Join IASC 2021 Water Commons Virtual Conference on May 19-21!

Water protection, access and consumption, indigenous knowledge, and much more at this conference.


Join IASC 2021 Polycentricity Virtual Conference on May 17-19!

Understanding how polycentric governance works, sharing of knowledge and much more at this conference.


Join IASC 2021 Urban Commons Virtual Conference on May 6-8!

Rapid urbanisation, changing land use patterns, role of technologies and more at this conference.


Our Commons Future IASC 2021 – A series of thematic IASC conferences on water, urban, knowledge, polycentricity, anthropocene, forests and land (Update)

The organizers of the next XVIII Biennial IASC 2021 Conference “Our Commons Future” are working hard to facilitate a series of thematic conferences throughout the next year.

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Food as a common good – IASC Member Marianne Penker in EU Parliament’s public hearing

IASC member Marianne Penker was recently invited to the European Parliament and argued that a new framing of food opens options for deep policy reforms.


Call for Applications: Researcher position on institutional and behavioural economics at the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research – apply by April 25, 2021

The Leipniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) is looking for candidates who are interested in institutional and behavioural economics as well as knowledge exchange.


Join IASC 2021 Commoning the Anthropocene Virtual Conference on April 21-23!

The role of common property systems to land use and other shared resources in the Anthropocene and more at this conference.

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Regional Coordination Team

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.

Ilkhom Soliev

Professor of Environmental Sociology and Director of the Social Learning and Environmental Governance Lab, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany

Ilkhom Soliev is an institutional economist and interdisciplinary social-environmental researcher with focus on governance of common pool resources. He studies behavioral and institutional change for equitable and sustainable environmental governance. He examines societal transformations and path dependence across natural resource domains of water, land, forests, biodiversity, and climate, as well as in various cultural and political contexts. Currently he is leading the Horizon Europe Project PLANET4B. His most recent interests include experiential learning, survey experiments, power of discourse and social movements in the context of environmental governance, as well as transdisciplinary approaches to values and rights of nature.

University of Bern
Institute of Social Anthropology
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Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
Chair for Environmental Sociology
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