Open seminar talk by Nadia von Jacobi and Sara Lorenzini

On Tuesday 17 January, Dr. Nadia von Jacobi and Sara Lorenzini were the guests in our open seminar series. Von Jacobi is an Assistant Professor and Sara Lorenzini a PhD candidate at the Department of Economics and Management, University of Trento. Their interest lies predominantly in ways to ‘amplify’ citizen knowledge in the management of natural capital. Von Jacobi and Lorenzini talked about forests as commons.

Open seminar talk by Agata Zborowska

Dr. Agata Zborowska was our guest in our open seminar series on Tuesday 10 January, 10AM (CEST). Zborowska is a researcher at the Institute of Polish Culture, University of Warsaw, Poland. Her research interests lay in material culture, property relations, critical theory, and cultural history of the 20th century. She is currently working on the experience of ownership changes in socialist and post-socialist transitions in Poland.

Inaugural lecture Tine De Moor

On 17 February 2023, prof. Tine De Moor will hold her inaugural lecture entitled “Shakeholder society? Social Enterprises, citizens and collective action in the community economy”. The ceremony will start promptly at 16:00 hrs in the Aula of the university (Erasmus building), Burgemeester Oudlaan 50 Rotterdam. Read more...

The reception will take place in the same building afterwards. If you wish to attend the lecture in person, we kindly request you to register via this link: A digital copy of the lecture will be provided afterwards.

Full professors are invited to participate with a gown in the academic procession. We kindly request them to be present from 15:30 hrs on the first floor of the Erasmus (A) Building, near the rector’s room.

If you are unable to attend, you can also attend the inaugural lecture via livestream:

Open seminar talk by Pieter Rondelez

Dr. Pieter Rondelez is a researcher of social movements and social change in the urban environment. He defended his PhD thesis ‘A study of social change: the municipalist experiment in Spain’ in 2022 at the University of Ghent, department of conflict and Development Studies. He was a guest at our open seminar series on 11 October.

Nacht of CollectieveKracht

On 16 September the first physical event of CollectieveKracht took place: ‘de Nacht van CollectieveKracht’. Look back on this interesting evening by watching the aftermovie on Youtube.

Were you not able to attend the event? Or would you like to revisit the topics discussed? Our website features recordings, cartoons and reports (in Dutch) from the event:

Open seminar talk by Eoin McLaughlin

On Tuesday, 20 September at 2PM (CEST), Dr. Eoin McLaughlin was our guest in our open seminar series. Dr. McLaughlin is a senior Lecturer in Economics at University College Cork. His research interests are in economic, financial and social history. In one of his current projects the aim is to trace levels of sustainability from the mid 19th century to present day using the Genuine Savings Metric (GS). GS is an indicator propagated by the World Bank, measuring progress and development and is proven as a relevant indicator of sustainable development. 

Open seminar talk on institutional modelling by Amineh Ghorbani

Dr. Amineh Ghorbani was our guest in our open seminar series on Tuesday 28 june, 11AM (CEST). Ghorbani is an Associate professor of Institutional Modelling and Analysis at the Energy and Industry group at TU Delft. She is also an affiliated member of the Institutional Grammar Research Initiative, Institutions for Collective Action and the Ostrom Workshop. In her research Ghorbani focuses on the role of institutions in climate change mitigation and adaptation. She uses modelling, simulation, network analysis in combination with qualitative methods to conduct her research.

Working visits to citizen collectives

On 20 and 21 May research group ICA paid visits to several citizen collectivities in Flanders. First, Henk Mol spoke about the Buren of the Abdij (Neighbours of the Abbey) in Ghent, which aims at the preservation of cultural heritage, green space and social encounters. Then, Thomas Blondeel explained the ins and outs of Smart cooperative, which supports entrepreneurs, especially in the cultural sector. Here, Damion Bunders presented the preliminary results of his research on worker cooperatives. On 21 May a delegation of the research group traveled to the Gemene and Loweiden in Assebroek (West Flanders). Chief Marc Vandepitte and Tine De Moor told the audience about the common, a well-functioning collective in which citizens have organized the management of the land for about 600 years.