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.

Latest News


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.


Join IASC 2021 Fisheries and Aquaculture Commons Virtual Conference on Mar 9-11!

Governing aquaculture and fisheries commons, challenges of the COVID19 pandemic, innovative methodologies, networking events and more at this conference.


New book on Commons and Resilience Grabbing by Haller et al. 2021

New book on commons has been published by IASC member Tobias Haller and colleagues: “Does Commons Grabbing Lead to Resilience Grabbing?”.

Latest News

IASC President Insa Theesfeld reflects on her new role and looks ahead in challenging times

On January 15, 2021 Insa Theesfeld took over presidency of the IASC and will serve in this capacity in the next two years.


IASC Members Tobias Haller and Tine De Moor co-edit a new volume “The Commons in a Glocal World” (Update)

The volume focuses on how, in Europe, the debate on the
commons is discussed in regard to historical and
contemporary dimensions, referencing the works of Elinor
Ostrom. It explores how Europe directly and indirectly
affected and affects the commons globally.


Join IASC 2021 Commons in Space Virtual Conference on Feb 24-26!

Don’t miss, it is happening now! Multiple presentations and discussions, live webinars and networking events, a chance to participate in the Port of Mars game and much more!

Calls for Papers

Call for Chapters: Missing voices from the English language literature on society and natural resources – submit by Feb 28

Whose voices and knowledge are we missing from the English language literature on society and natural resources? The call for chapters is shared by IASC member Marianne Penker.


Call for Applications: PhD position on international agricultural policy and environmental governance at the University of Kassel – apply by December 21, 2020

The University of Kassel is offering a PhD position to candidates who are interested in Nature´s Contribution to People (NCP) especially its role for human well-being.

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World Commons Week

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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