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A brief note on the IASC European Meeting

International Association for the Study of the Commons
IASC European Meeting

September 14-17, 2011
Hosted by the Agricultural University Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Theme: Shared Resources in a Rapidly Changing World

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Here’s one of the best reasons to be a member of IASC: we have wonderful conferences!

In September 2011, the European meeting was held in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, a lovely city with a charming historic old town and gardens. The conference venue was the Agricultural University of Plovdiv, which provided excellent conference facilities only a short walk from our hotel. Scholars from 21 countries met to discuss “Shared Resources in a Rapidly Changing World”; one focus was on the special challenges of resource management regimes in post-socialist countries.

This was an ambitious topic, and the participants responded with wide-ranging and thoughtful papers on topics from historical analyses of the cooperative system to complex multi-method research design. Discussion at the panels was lively and informative. On the third day, we had a “walking lunch” so we could view and discuss the poster sessions, and the field trips showed us how Bulgaria is adapting to new agricultural challenges in this post-socialist era. We also had time to enjoy Plovdiv: one evening we had a tour of old town followed by a reception in an historic house, and the conference dinner was capped with Bulgarian line dancing. While every conference is unique to its place and time, all IASC conferences provide opportunities to learn about commons and commons management while we establish professional connections to enhance our work and our research.

IASC is itself a commons

and depends on its membership dues for many of the critical activities it undertakes, such as organizing the Global, Regional and Thematic Conferences, publishing the Commons Digest and the International Journal of the Commons, supporting the Digital Library of the Commons and other networking opportunities among members Membership support is critical to sustain the organization.
Please renew your membership! Thank you!

To see more photos of the meeting, click on the slides below:

Agricultural University of Plodviv pictureLeibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology pictureLeib­niz In­sti­tu­te of Agri­cul­tu­ral De­ve­lop­ment in Cen­tral and Eas­tern Eu­ro­pe (IAMO) pictureBodø University College (BUC) picture

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