IASC2017 largest conference on commons ever

The Research Team 'Institutions for Collective Action' was one of the main organizers of the XVI Biennial IASC-Conference 'Practicing the commons: Self-governance, cooperation, and institutional change',  which was held July 10-14, 2017 in Utrecht. The conference, officially opened by Jet Bussemaker, the Netherlands Minister of Education, Culture, and Science, attracted about 800 participants, academics as well as practitioners, making this edition the largest conference on commons worldwide ever. Next to the opening lectures, the conference comprised 3 keynote lectures and related policy debates, over 450 presentations of academic papers, 15 practitioners' labs, 10 conference excursions, and a wonderful Childrens' Commons Program. All info on the conference can be found on the conference webpage www.iasc2017.org, audiovisual impressions including the full lectures can be found at www.iasc2017.org/media

> Conference website

> Conference impressions (incl. lectures)

Cooperation is the key to a resilient society - €18.8 million grant for research into sustainable cooperation

The research programme SCOOP – Sustainable Cooperation: Roadmaps to a Resilient Society is set to receive €18.8 million in funding under the prestigious NWO Gravitation programme. SCOOP is a comprehensive interdisciplinary research programme in which sociologists, psychologists, historians, and philosophers join forces in the search for new solutions to sustainable cooperation in the fields of health care, work environment,  and integration. The consortium is composed of researchers from several Dutch universities. Tine De Moor, affiliated with Utrecht University’s Strategic Research Theme ‘Institutions for Open Societies (link)’, chaired by prof. Bas van Bavel (one of the main applicants), was involved in composing Utrecht University’s contribution to the programme proposal.

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Interview Tine De Moor, Jan Terlouw, Marjan Minnesma, and Arjan Klamer on Dutch television

On Saturday April 15, 13:45, NPO2, Dutch broadcasting organization HUMAN broadcasted an impression of the first 'We Doen Het Zelf Wel'-Festival (Amersfoort, March 23). Among the interviewed: professor Tine De Moor, author and former politician Jan Terlouw, director of Urgenda Marjan Minnesma, and economist Arjo Klamer. In Dutch only.

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Miguel Laborda Pemán obtains PhD with thesis on rise and persistence of pre-industrial forms of cooperation

On May 11, 2017, dr. Miguel Laborda Pemán (Economic and Social History) sucessfully defended his Phd thesis at Utrecht University, entitled Beyond Markets and Hierarchies in Pre-Industrial Europe. The Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action in Historical Perspective. In his dissertation, Laborda Pemán analyzes the process of establishment and long-term change of historical institutions for collective action. Our research team congratulates Miguel with his succesful promotion.

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New issue International Journal of the Commons out now!

The International Journal of the Commons recently published its 2017 Spring issue, containing numerous research articles by researchers worldwide on a wide range of commons' research topics. The journal is an open-access publication issued by the International Association for the Study of the Commons.

> Issue webpage

New publication on effect of marriage on length of life published

The Journal of Evolution & Human Behavior recently published the article 'How does marriage affect length of life? Analysis of a French historical dataset from an evolutionary perspective' by Corry Gellatly and Charlotte Störmer. The authors address the question why marriage is linked to longevity, focussing particularly on sex differences. and found that marriage is positively associated with longevity, particularly for men. 

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IASC2017 Conference: over 1,000 abstracts received

The organizers of the XVI Biennial IASC-Conference ‘Practicing the Commons: Self-Governance, Cooperation, and Institutional Change’ (Utrecht, 10-14 July 2017), have received over 1,050 abstracts from more than 70 different countries; the IASC2017 conference promises to be one of the largest events worldwide on the issue of commons.  

> Conference webpage

New publication on sex selection and female infant mortality in India

Corry Gellatly and Marion Petrie recently had their article 'Prenatal sex selection and female infant mortality are more common in India after firstborn and second-born daughters' published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Public Health. Based on Indian National Family Health Survey data sets, the authors examined whether increased use of PSS may offset excess female infant mortality.
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> Podcast interview with Corry Gellatly regarding this publication

Press publications on cooperation between academics and citizen scientists

Citizen Science receives increasing attention from the press as well as other parties in both academia and 'in the field'. Check out our Press page for the latest interviews and publications on our work in de Volkskrant, EOS Wetenschap, nrc.nl, NPO Radio 1, and the genealogical journal Gen.

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