10 PhD positions ‘Sustainable Cooperation – Roadmaps to a Resilient Society’ - deadline December 15, 2017

The ‘Sustainable Cooperation – Roadmaps to a Resilient Society’ (SCOOP) program now offers the first 10 PhD positions of a total of up to 60 projects in the coming ten years. SCOOP will train a new generation of interdisciplinary researchers and practitioners to solve this puzzle. The program develops road maps for effective policy strategies and evidence based solutions for some of societies’ most pressing challenges. The first 10 PhD projects in the SCOOP research program are dedicated to these challenges. Applications should be submitted before December 15, 2017 via the University of Groningen.

> Full info and application guidelines




Call for Papers and Posters ICA2018 Research Conference (Wageningen, Netherlands, July 2018) - deadline January 5, 2018

The organizers of the International Cooperative Alliance 2018 European Research Conference (ICA2018) invite senior and junior scholars to submit an extended abstract, to be submitted ultimately by January 5, 2018. The ICA2018 Conference will be held July 4-July 6 in Wageningen, the Netherlands, and will be hosted by Wageningen University and Research. The 2018 Conference Theme is 'Cooperatives in a rapidly changing world: Innovation in enterprise and community'. 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)
> Full call and info submissions
> Conference info and details

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)'. Among the researchers involved in this project, led by Giangiacomo Bravo of Linnaeus University in Stockholm, Sweden, are prof. Tine De Moor, PI of our Research Team Institutions for Collective Action and Amineh Ghorbani, affiliated researcher with our team. The 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. The MIDI project uses this results as starting point and adopts an interdisciplinary perspective to contribute empirically-grounded and systematic knowledge of the mechanisms driving the process of institutional chage. The researchers' goal is to exploit their interdisiciplinary competences (1) to recode the dataset on the basis of a systematic institutional analysis framework,(2) to fully exploit its potential through the use of data mining and evolutionary analysis techniques, and (3) to embed the resulting knowledge in an agent-based model capturing the essential dynamics of institutional change. More info will follow indue time.

> Contact Giangiacomo Bravo, Linnaeus University

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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