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Deadline Call for panels, papers, and posters Regional European IASC Conference extended until 30 Noc. 2015

The deadline for submitting your abstract for the 4th Regional European IASC-Conference (Bern, 10-13 May 2016) has been extended until 30 November 2015. Read more about the conference at the conference website or download the call for abstracts here.

Job opportunity - Department Chair Marine Ecosystems and Society, University of Miami

The newly created Department of Marine Ecosystems and Society (MES) at the Rosenstiel School of the University of Miami seeks a dynamic and enthusiastic leader to chair the Department and lead the recruitment of 2-5 tenure-track faculty members in the next few years. The Chair will enhance the scholarly productivity of the Department and its undergraduate, masters and Ph.D. programs; and, play a key role in developing and implementing the School’s strategic plan.

Job opportunity - Postdoc Fellowship at CENA/USP (Brazil)

CENA/USP offers a fellowship opportunity for postdoc researchers from Brazil and abroad.

Title: Post doctoral fellowship in Environment and Society at CENA/USP
Field of knowledge: interdisciplinary

Project title: Food Security and Land Use: The Telecoupling Challenge
Working area: Environment and Society
Principal investigator: Luiz Antonio Martinelli
Unit/Instituition: CENA/USP
Deadline for submissions: 12/10/2015
Publishing date: 14/09/2015

Read the full job offer here

Call for Panels, papers, and posters Regional European IASC-Conference (Bern) - deadline for abstracts 30 November 2015

The organizers of the 4th Regional European IASC-Conference welcome abstracts proposals for panels, papers, and posters for the 4th Regional European IASC-Conference, to be held in Bern, 10-13 May 2016. The main theme of the conference will be 'Commons in a "Glocal" World: Global Connections and Local Responses'. This conference therefore aims to look at the interfaces between local and global processes in order to bring together research arenas that have often been kept quite separate until now.

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.

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