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Managing our Common Resources - Course series

The ‘Commons Management and Governance’ Short Course Series consists of series of online courses on specific issues regarding common resourses governance. The courses are low-cost, distance learning short courses aimed at raising awareness and understanding of commons issues around the world.

The courses will be delivered through distance-learning approaches making use of video and audio materials, readings, on-line activities, and group discussion forums, enabling participants to learn from one another as well as from the tutors.

The issue n. 18 of the Commons Digest is out!

Welcome to the newest edition of the Commons Digest!

This issue's Commons Forum is based upon an upcoming panel session at the meeting in Edmonton: "Communities, conservation and the commons: a retrospective". If you are interested in hearing more, please plan to attend the session Wednesday at 15:30 - 17:00. The session is organized by Derek Armitage and based upon a class he ran together with Prateep Nayak at the University of Waterloo.

Read the Digest here.

The International Journals of the Common's future section is starting to fill up

Check out the following exciting titles:

Institutions for sustainable forest governance: Robustness, equity, and cross-level interactions in Mawlyngbna, Meghalaya, India, by Christoph Oberlack, Philipp LaHaela Walter, Joachim Schmerbeck, and B K Tiwari (

Building a diagnostic ontology of social-ecological systems, by Ulrich J Frey, and Michael Cox

Tenure Track Faculty Position at the University of Maine in Marine Policy

The University of Maine is seeking to fill a tenure track assistant professor position in marine policy. We seek a social scientist from any discipline interested in marine and/or coastal issues. The successful candidate is expected to begin in 2016. Review of applications will begin July 1, 2015, and will continue until the position is filled.

For more details about the position or how to apply, please see full ad below and at

Ostrom's theory into practice in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur

Available from the PNAS open access site, the paper is a first stab at operationalizing Ostrom’s social-ecological systems in a spatially explicit, quantitative manner. Here, they use the case of small-scale fisheries in Baja California Sur, Mexico, to identify distinct SES regions and test key aspects of coupled SESs theory.

Two Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunities - School of Natural Resources and Environment The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

The University of Michigan announces two post-doctoral research opportunities, beginning August or September 2015 and focusing on land-cover, social, and livelihood impacts of (1) large-scale land transactions and (2) forest sector investments in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America through statistical analysis of remote sensing and social survey data.

Marine Conservation Summer Institute 2015


A practicum in natural science, social science, law, and policy for professionals, graduate students, and advanced undergraduates AT THE DUKE MARINE LAB, BEAUFORT NC


• Apply fundamental concepts of conservation biology and policy

• Understand strategies used to protect biodiversity

• Analyze key concepts of social science and law involved in conservation


• Effecting change, understanding process

• Mechanics of policy development

• Organizational behavior and misbehavior

• Negotiation dynamics

The Vol 9, No. 1 (2015) of the International Journal of the Commons is available on line

Special feature - Challenges of critical institutionalism.

We kindly invite you to take a look at the table of contents at:

Our special issue section is dedicated to challenges of critical institutionalism, and was guest-edited by Frances Cleaver and Jessica de Koning.

Follow the discussion on the LinkedIn group page of the IJC.

The issue n. 17 of the Commons Digest is out!

Welcome to the winter edition of The Commons Digest! In this issue we report on the Third IASC European Meeting held in Umeå, Sweden, providing a small taste of what was enjoyed by those in attendance. The issue begins with a letter and a reflection on forest management commons in Sweden from the conference chair Camilla Widmark. Anna Zachrisson and Annette Löf present a summary of the pre­conference workshop. This is followed with the presidential address by Leticia Merino.

The International Journal of the Commons Volume 8 number 2 is available online

The special issue of the International Journal of the Commons focuses on the the Social-ecological systems meta-analysis database (SESMAD), an internationally collaborative meta-analysis project that builds on previous seminally synthetic work on small-scale common-pool resource systems conducted at the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis at Indiana University.

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