EXTENDED DEADLINE - Call for (abstracts of) papers, panels, and posters for XVI Biennial IASC-Conference (Utrecht, 10-14 July 2017) - new deadline November 1, 2016


Given the many requests for an extension of the abstract submission deadline the local organizing committee of the IASC-Conference ‘Practicing the Commons: Self-Governance, Cooperation, and Institutional Change’ (Utrecht, 10-14 July 2017) has decided to postpone the deadline for submitting abstracts (500 words max.) for papers, panels, and posters until the 1st of November 2016. The local organizers of the XVI Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons welcome abstracts (500 words max.) for papers, posters, and panels to be presented at the conference, to be held in Utrecht, The Netherlands, from 10 to 14 July 2017. The meeting will be held in the wonderful historic city center of Utrecht, a major university town in the middle of the Netherlands and will be hosted by the Institutions for Collective Action- research team and the Strategic Theme Institutions for Open Societies of Utrecht University. With the theme of the conference, 'Practicing the Commons: Self-Governance, Cooperation, and Institutional Change', we intend to bring together the fast growing body of scientific knowledge on the commons as an alternative governance model. The increasing popularity of commons as a governance model is visible across the Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe. Citizens increasingly form new collectivities for energy provision and consumption, to provide care, food, et cetera, and work together on the basis of self-governance and reciprocity. During the conference there will be plenty of opportunities to connect academic research to practitioners’ experience and vice versa. On the conference website and in the call you will find an overview of the main themes to be addressed, including a list of potential research questions that might be the topic of paper presentations. Soon, a call for contributions to practitioners’ labs will also be issued. Please visit the conference website www.iasc2017.org to learn more about the conference timeline, keynotes, policy sessions, exciting excursions, the conference venue, the city of Utrecht, opportunities to organize your own project meetings and much more.

> Call for (abstracts of)  papers, panels, and posters

> Conference website

> Submit your abstract

3rd Thematic IASC-Conference on Knowledge Commons (Paris, 20-22 October 2016)

On 20, 21, and 22 October 2016, SciencesPo Paris will be hosting the 3rd Thematic IASC-Conference on Knowledge Commons (please note that the original dates have been extended with an extra conference day on October 22nd!). Building upon the successful 2012 and 2014 thematic IASC conferences on knowledge commons, this third conference aims to look at the normative effects and institutionalization of the many initiatives based on knowledge commons and how commons provide new legal tools, public policy choices, and forms of social, economic and governance innovations. To this purpose the conference aims to take stock of the latest developments in public policies and legal initiatives around knowledge commons, as well as how the attempts to give a proper legal definition of commons in different countries bring changes in law and property regimes. The key questions that this conference will cover are the sustainability of knowledge commons that could be achieved by giving normative effects to the relationships and collectiveness they create, the possible articulation between grassroots commons movements and public policy, To such end, examples of governance models or legal revisions organizing commons in diverse countries will be studied, particularly as far as knowledge commons are concerned.  

> Conference website

Press publications on results surveys on citizens' cooperatives MA-Students

Recently, the results of surveys performed by MA-students Merel Hoveling and Fleur Noy have drawn attention from several news media. Merel Hoveling has performed research for the Dutch Council for Cooperatives (NCR) by composing an inventory of current cooperatives in the Netherlands, based on the registrations of such cooperatives with the Chambre of Commerce. This has been the first national survey of cooperatives of its kind and shows the division of cooperatives over the societal sectors. Remarkable is that in particular sectors that are in prcesses of change and development prefer the cooperative as their organizational structure. The survey showed that there are over 8,000 registered cooperatives in the Netherlands, of which 2,500 are active cooperatives; the other cooperatives are either untracable or have very limited economic activities. The results of the survey  have been incorporated in an artcle, co-authored by Merel in the June-issue of the magazine Coöperatie of NCR. Fleur Noy has performed a survey on Flemish citizens' collectivities in cooperation with the Flemish think-tank-organization Oikos.be ; the results of the survey have been incorporated in an article Fleur co-authored with Dirk Holemans for the Oikos Magazine. Although the number of collectivities and cooperatives is considerably smaller than in the Netherlands, the emergence of new collectivities in Flanders is remarkable. The  number of new citizens' collectivities per annum has risen from 4 in 2008 to 48 in 2014, cumulating to a total of 480 citizens' collectivities in 10 different sectors of society; the main sectors in which new collectivities emerged were food, houding, energy, sharing economy, environment, and sustainability. The Flemish newspaper de Standaard has written a newspaper article on the results of Fleur's survey.

> Article Coöperatie by Merel Hoveling and Carmen Heukers for NCR [in Dutch]

> Article Oikos by Fleur Noy and Dirk Holemans [in Dutch]

> Article De Standaard on research Fleur Noy icw Oikos [in Dutch]

> More info on internships [in Dutch]

New issue of the International Journal of the Commons with special issue on Collective action institutions in a long-term perspective

The International Journal of the Commons has just published its most recent issue. This issue contains a special issue, edit by our team members Miguel Laborda Pemán and Tine De Moor on the topic of 'Collective action institutions in a long-term perspective', based on papers presented at the Workshop 'Common People, Common Rules' held in Pamplona, 30-31 October 2014. The special issue contains five academic papers that focus on the study of commons and common-pool  resources from a long-term perspective. Laborda and De Moor also composed the editorial article 'History and the commons: A necessary conversation'; both of them are, together with team member René van Weeren and affiliated researchers José-Miguel Lana and Angus Winchester, also co-authors of the article 'Ruling the Commons. Introducing a new methodology for the analysis of historical commons', which forms part of this special issue.

> Editorial article'History and the commons' (PDF)

> Article 'Ruling the commons (PDF)

> Website International Journal of the Commons

IOS Lecture by Sarah Carmichael (Utrecht University, 3 November 2016)
Utrecht University's Institutions for Open Societies (IOS) started this year with IOS Lectures, a get-together for scholars and research master's students who are interested in the strategic theme of Institutions for Open Societies. In these lectures IOS creates a platform for sharing, exchanging, and connecting knowledge and people in order to build new interdisciplinary research alliances within IOS. In November the lecture will be on the 3rd by research team member Sarah Carmichael..

> More info

Debat 'Is de coöperatie het economische model van de toekomst?' tijdens 4e Festival van de Gelijkheid (Gent, 1-3 december 2016) [in Dutch only]
Op 1 december 2016 zal tijdens het 4e Festival van de Gelijkheid in Gent (1-3 december 2016) het debat 'Is de coöperatie het economische model van de toekomst?' plaatsvinden. Hoe ver reiken de mogelijkheden van het coöperatieve model om vorm te geven aan een economie van de toekomst? Is de coöperatie een alternatief in 'zachte' sectoren zoals cultuur of zorg en een alternatief voor Vadertje Staat die steeds armlastiger wordt? Of ook in 'hardere' sectoren zoals energie en kan ze een tegengewicht vormen voor steeds inhaligere bedrijven? Het concept van de coöperatie als ondernemingsmodel zal kritisch tegen het licht gehouden worden door o.a. Tine De Moor, John Crombez (voorzitter sp.a), Dirk Barrez (journalist en auteur), Peter Hunt (directeur van denktank Mutuo) en Peter Bosmans (directeur Febecoop). Meer info zal vanaf 8 september te vinden zijn via de website van het Festival van de Gelijkheid.

> Website

> Debatintroductie

Press publications on cooperation between academics and citizen scientists

Recently, several newsarticles have appeared in Dutch press on the possibilities Citizen Science has to offer and the challenges academics and participants in Citizen Science-projects have to face. In the first article, published in Trouw, Tine De Moor is interviewed about Citizen Science, more specifically about the Citizen Science-project 'Ja, ik wil!', which was completed in February 2016, resulting in data collected by nearly 500 volunteers from almost 100,000 Amsterdam pre-marriage registrations, dating 1580-1810. This interview is also a prelude to the national Citizen Science-symposium organized by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, held on 16 June 2016 in Amsterdam. The second article also is related to this event: in the article, published by de Volkskrant on 16 June, the Citizen Science-project 'Ja, ik wil!' is depicted prominently as an example of Citizen Science and Tine De Moor is among the interviewed about the do's and don'ts and the experiences of such projects. In the third article, published by science magazine EOS Wetenschap, Tine De Moor is interviewed on the chances and challenges related to the use of Citizen Science. An important topic in this regard is the reciprocity between scientists and the Citizen Science-participants; also, Tine De Moor stresses the importance of knowledge valorization. The interview is part of the initiative to create an online platform for initiatives based on Citizen Science, managed by EOS magazine. On 31 August, the national news magazine nrc.nl published an online article on the emergence of Citizen Science, also describing some current or recent projects. Tine De Moor is one of the experts interviewed for this article. The national broadcast network NPO-Radio1 dedicated its broadcast of 3 September 2016 to Citizen Science, interviewing Tine De Moor on this topic. Team members René van Weeren and Anita Boele jointly authored an article on the broader background of the 'Ja, ik wil!'-project. This article was the opening article of the dossier on 'Marriage' in the latest issue of the Dutch genealogical journal Gen.


> Article Trouw [in Dutch]

> Article de Volkskrant [in Dutch]

> Article EOS Wetenschap [in Dutch]

> Article nrc.nl [in Dutch]

> Radio broadcast [in Dutch]

Two publications by research team members published in edited book on future of historical demography

Recently, Acco Publishers published the book, entitled The future of historical demography: Upside down and inside out, edited by Koen Matthys, Saskia Hin, Jan Kok, and Hiduko Matsuo, and launched at the 2nd ESHD Conference, held 21-24 September 2016 at the Catholic University of Leuven. This edited book contains short papers by a large number of demographic and historical researchers, shedding their light on the future of historical demography. Tine De Moor contributed with the opening chapter, entitled 'Dare to dig! More history is needed to take historical demography a few steps further' and Charlotte Störmer co-authored the article 'Crop prices and demographic outcomes - A critical re-evaluation of the proxy' together with Kai Willführ. 

> Book chapter by Tine De Moor

> Info on book on editor's website

Social scientists shed new light on discussion use of natural resources and nature reserves

How to govern a nature reserve, while at the same exploiting its resources commercially? In this publication by Noorderbreedte social scientists Tine De Moor and Maarten Bavinck contribute two new dimensions to this discussion. They suggest that sometimes it is even better for nature if users harvest some of the natural resources; this however requires that boundaries and limitations are clearly indicated, observed, and guarded by the government.

> Click here for the article [in Dutch]

New publication on commons' regulations and sanctioning

Tine De Moor and Annelies Tukker jointly authored the book chapter 'Survival without sanctioning: The relationship between institutional resilience and methods of dealing with free-riding on early modern Dutch commons', which forms part of the 2015 Rural History Yearbook [Jahrbuch für Gechichte des ländlichen Raumes 2015]; this book is fully dedicated to issues dealing with rural commons.  In this article, De Moor and Tukker have systematically analyzed the regulations of eight self-governing Dutch commons, of wich some date back to the Middle Ages. By analyzing the changes in the regulations of these commons over time (with a minimum of three changes and a life span of at least 200 years) the authors they discovered that not all rules designed by commoners were combined with a sanction and there was an inverse correlation between longevity of the common and the number of rules that were accompanied by sanctions. Instead of focusing on sanctioning as a tool to keep commoners and others from freeriding, commoners invested in rules that encouraged prevention and high levels of members’ participation.

> Full book chapter