New publication 'Distant relatives' online

In the paper 'Distant relatives? Demographic determinants of long-term developments in intergenerational proximity, The Netherlands 1650–1899', recently published online in the journal The History of the Family, our team investigates what late timing of marriage combined with neo-locality in early modern Western Europe actually implied for the likelihood of upward intergenerational support. Analysis of genealogical data from the Netherlands (1650–1899) shows that due to high marriage ages and small spousal age gaps, life cycles of children and their parents were going through difficult periods at the same time, with the elderly as potential victims. To some extent, the risk of ‘hardship’ was compensated for by relatively small geographical distances between the parental and children’s households, allowing for exchange of support.


> Read article online


Succesful launch of FOCI-Hub

Last week we officially launched FOCI, Future of Citizen-based Initiatives, a hub at Utrecht University! We intend to connect science to society, bring researchers and societal partners closer together to exchange knowledge on the functioning, evolution and importance of citizens who actively engage in society. It was a great launch with over 50 researchers and representatives from minsteries, companies and guess who more: real citizens! For more info: see  https://www.uu.nl/en/research/institutions-for-open-societies/hubs/future-of-citizen-based-initiatives-foci


11 PhD and 2 postdoc positions ‘Sustainable Cooperation’  (SCOOP)

SCOOP, a research and training center dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of sustainable cooperation as a key feature of resilient societies, is now inviting applications for 11 PhD positions (four years). In addition, there are vacancies for two postdoc positions (two years). The center connects research groups from sociology, psychology, history, philosophy, public administration, research methods, and statistics. In May 2017, the research program ‘Sustainable Cooperation – Roadmaps to a Resilient Society’ was awarded a research grant in the NWO Gravitation program. The SCOOP program is carried out in a total of 60 PhD projects at the universities of Groningen and Utrecht, but also at Amsterdam VU, Rotterdam, and Nijmegen.


> More info


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Onderzoek naar bewonersorganisaties in een veranderende samenleving afgerond

Vrije marktwer­king faalt in het bieden van oplossingen voor kwes­ties als krimp, vergrijzing en voorzieningenschaar­ste op het platteland. Hierdoor wordt de noodzaak van bewonersini­tiatieven ter verbetering of behoud van leefbaarheid in het dorp, steeds manifester. Bewonersoverlegorganisaties (boo's) – dorpsbelangenverenigingen – met een activerende rol kunnen hierin een belangrijke factor zijn. Zij bieden hiermee antwoord op de hedendaagse demo­grafische en ruimtelijke ontwikkelingen waarmee dorpen geconfronteerd worden zoals krimp, vergroening en vergrijzing.


Dit is een van de belangrijkste uitkomsten van het onderzoek dat het onderzoeksteam Instituties voor Collectieve Actie (onder leiding van Tine de Moor, hoogleraar sociaal-economische geschiedenis aan de Universiteit van Utrecht), in opdracht van de Landelijke Vereniging voor Kleine Kernen (LVKK) deed.


> Meer info op Website LVKK

> Meer info op website Universiteit Utrecht

> Download Onderzoeksrapport (pdf)  



Tine De Moor main guest in Dutch Documentary series VPRO Tegenlicht (April 1, 2018), NPO2, 21:05

Tine De Moor was the main guest in the episode ‘Ons Gemeengoed’ of the documentary series VPRO Tegenlicht, on Dutch television, 1 April 2018, NPO2, starting at 21:05. In this episode, Prof. Tine De Moor is interviewed and will show some examples of on commons in order to demonstrate their functioning and could be the ground rules for making such collectivities succesful. The episodes of Tegenlicht are followed up by Meet-ups across the Netherlands and Belgium:


> VPRO Tegenlicht website

> Registration Meet-up Pakhuis De Zwijger, Amsterdam, April 4

> Registration Meet-up De Pletterij, Haarlem, May 1


[broadcast, meet-ups, and info are all in Dutch]



Call for Nominations Elinor Ostrom Award on Collective Governance of Commons 2019 - extended deadline June 15, 2018

The Elinor Ostrom Award on Collective Governance of the Commons Council has opened a call to nominate outstanding scholars or practitioners in the fields of natural resource management, commons, common-pool resources or collective action. The call for nominations will be open until the 15th of June, 2018. The Award will be given in three categories: Practitioners, Junior scholars, and Senior scholars and will be awarded at the XVII Biennial IASC-Conference, July 105, 2019, Lima (Peru).

> Full call



ICA Research team involved in hub development Utrecht University with social partners

Together with its social partners, Utrecht University has made plans to tackle fourteen key societal challenges by creating so-called hubs to increase the impact of Utrecht University’s research activities and results by tackling specific key challenges in a multidisciplinary way, together with UU's social partners. Starting 12 February 2018, Institutions for Open Societies (IOS), is starting up five IOS Hubs. Members of the ICA Research team are involved in the IOS Hub ‘Future of Citizen-based Initiatives’ (FOCI). The FOCI-Hub  aims to advise, promote, and stimulate citizen-based initiatives, as well as to improve the effectiveness of bottom-up initiatives aimed at various societal challenges.


> Contact IOS Hub 'Future of Citizen-based Initiatives'

> Info on IOS Hub 'Future of Citizen-based Initiatives'

> Press release Utrecht University

> Info IOS Hubs



ICA2018 Research Conference (Wageningen, Netherlands, July 4-6, 2018)

The International Cooperative Alliance 2018 European Research Conference (ICA2018) on the theme 'Cooperatives in a rapidly changing world: Innovation in enterprise and community' will be held July 4-July 6 in Wageningen, the Netherlands, and will be hosted by Wageningen University and Research. The conference will deal with all kinds of cooperatives, from different sectors and different countries, and in different stages of the life cycle. This will lead to challenging and surprising new ideas and relations. Keynote lecturers will be prof. dr. Arthur Mol (Rector Magnificus Wageningen University and Research), dr. Simel Esim (Head of Cooperatives Unit ILO), prof. dr. Murray Fulton (Chair University of Saskatchewan), and dr. Wiebe Draijer (CEO Rabobank).

> Conference info



Two new research publications VIDI project available online

Over the past few months, two new academic papers related to the NWO-funded VIDI-project 'Nature or nurture?' have been published. In the first article, '‘Because family and friends got easily weary of taking care’: a new perspective on the specialization in the elderly care sector in early modern Holland', published in The Economic History Review, Anita Boele and Tine De Moor investigate the causes of the remarkable growth in and specialization of elderly care institutions in the Netherlands during the early modern period. In the second article, 'Long-Term Trends in Marriage Timing and the Impact of Migration, the Netherlands (1650-1899)', published in a special issue of Historical Life Course Studies, authors Charlotte Störmer, Corry Gellatly, Anita Boele, and Tine De Moor have studied trends in sex-specific ages at first marriage, regional variation, and the impact of migration on marital timing in the Netherlands in the period 1650-1900, using data from two new large historical datasets.

> Article The Economic History Review (subscription may be required)
> Article Historical Life Course Studies (open access)


Research Grant Riksbanken Jubileumfond awarded to MIDI-project, ICA Research team members involved

The Riksbanken Jubileumfond has recently granted a research grant of 4,626,000 SEK (c. 578,000 USD / 478,000 EUR) to the Research Project 'Modelling institutional dynamics in historical commons (MIDI)'. This project is led by Giangiacomo Bravo of Linnaeus University in Stockholm, Sweden, in cooperation with prof. Tine De Moor, PI of our Research Team Institutions for Collective Action and affiliated researcher Amineh Ghorbani. The MIDI-project builds upon research results produced by our research team in the Common Rules-project, in cooperation with affiliated researchers Angus Winchester and José-Miguel Lana.


> Project website


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.


> Read more