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


A new special issue on property rights theory and more articles in the current volume of IJC

Special issue on property rights theory, and much more in the current volume of the International Journal of the Commons.


IASC World Commons Week 2020 – Global Keynote Webinar from Europe

Blue Growth and its implications will be presented during the Global Keynote Webinar by Achim Schlueter from the IASC’s Regional Group in Europe.


IASC World Commons Week 2020 from September 30 to October 9 (Update)

From September 30 to October 9 this year’s World Commons Week will take place in everyone’s own living room. Join one of the events or contact organizers with your own proposal.


IASC Early Career Network Meeting on Institutional and Social-Ecological Systems Analysis – Oct 5-6 (extended deadline)

IASC members cordially invite to the online meeting of the IASC Early Career Network. Now registration is open until August 21, 2020.


IASC 2020 Web Conference on African Commons held on July 13-27

IASC 2020 Web Conference on African Commons was held from July 13 to 27. Some of the key topics and links are summarized here.

Calls for Papers

Call for Papers: Networks of Action Situations in Social-Ecological Systems Research, abstract deadline Aug 31, 2020

Several IASC Members call for contributions to the upcoming Special Feature in Sustainability Science. It will build on a series of panels organized at a number of conferences including the IASC 2019.


Does our response to coronavirus have to be a tragedy of the commons?

Insa Theesfeld reflects on the cancellation of multiple events and other restrictions due to coronavirus outbreak from the commons perspective.


Call for Applications: 13 ESR/PhD positions in Water Governance as part of the H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN ‘NEWAVE: Next Water Governance’ – Apply by May 24, 2020

IASC Members invite applications in the field of adaptive water governance, political ecology of water and water justice, community and polycentric water governance.

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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

Senior Researcher and Lecturer, Center for Interdisciplinary Regional Studies (ZIRS) and Director, 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.