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

30th anniversary of Ostrom’s Governing the Commons, Special Issue on Central Asia, & more in new volume of IJC

The trends in the last 50 years of commons research, Special Issue on Central Asia, and much more in the new volume of the International Journal of the Commons.

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Events

7th Commons Summer School, July 5-12, 2020 (in German), apply by March 13

Organized by the IASC’s institutional member Das Commons-Institut and led by its founder, long-term IASC member, Silke Helfrich, the summer school will create space for discussing commoning as an art for crafting the future.

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Article on understanding causes of conflict over common village pastures by Neudert et al.

New article by IASC members in the journal Society & Natural Resources proposes a combined analysis of property rights and conflicts with the examples from two distinct policy-institutional and cultural-political contexts yet with a shared post-socialist transition background.

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Summary: Bern Workshop on Historical Forms of Sustainability

Organizers of the Bern Workshop on Historical Forms of Sustainability on November 22-23, 2019 summarize their key outcomes.

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IASC Europe coordinator sums up successful year and looks ahead to 2020!

Insa Theesfeld shares her thoughts on how successful 2019 was for IASC Europe and calls for inputs in 2020.

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Summary: Montpellier Workshop on Operationalization of Land-Based Commons Approach in Development Projects

Organizers of the Montpellier Workshop on Operationalization of the Land-Based Commons Approach on November 19, 2019 summarize their key outcomes.

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Climate Change as Social Dilemma: Radio Interview with Theesfeld (in German) and Survey during Climate Week

Druing the week of climate action IASC President-Elect reflects on climate change from the commons perspective at an interview with Radio Corax.

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Article on potential of social learning in community gardens and impact of community heterogeneity by Rogge et al.

New article by Nicole Rogge and colleagues explores how community gardens, as observed in Europe, can foster social learning and how heterogeneity can affect that.

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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.