About IASC Europe

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

Have news and want to post them here?

Now you can send your news about relevant events, publications, job opportunities, and other news-worthy information directly to us.

(membership required)

Join Us

Become an IASC Member

… and enjoy all member benefits, such as:

* reduced conference fees
* free attendance to IASC workshops 
* your announcements on IASC Europe website and Global IASC Newsletter
* reduced publication fees on our International Journal of the Commons
* finding fellow-experts via our members directory
* free access to resources

and more…

World Commons Week

Team Europe

Regional IASC coordinator for Europe


Insa Theesfeld

Professor of Agricultural, Environmental and Food Policy & Resource Governance, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany
President of IASC

Insa Theesfeld is an agricultural economist, specialized in institutional economics and resource economics and works as Professor of Agricultural, Environmental and Food Policy at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany. Her research and teaching fields compose the desirable fit between policies foreseen to be implemented and the formal and informal institutional arrangements in place. She analyses how communities govern their use of natural resources, taking power and leadership aspects at different scales into account. A significant strand of her work has explored water resource management issues and the linkages to other natural resources, emerging from the property rights structures in place. Based on her geographical orientation she has developed and is leading the research field on pseudo-commons in post-socialist countries.

Communications Officer for IASC Europe


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 transformative power of benefit sharing using new methods across multiple natural resource domains of water, land, 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 and the United States.