Welcome to the homepage of the IASC!

The IASC is the leading professional association dedicated to the commons. The association, founded in 1989, is devoted to bringing together multi-disciplinary researchers, practitioners, and policymakers for the purpose of improving governance and management, advancing understanding, and creating sustainable solutions for commons, common-pool resources, or any other form of shared resource.

The IASC aims to:

– encourage exchange of knowledge among diverse disciplines, areas, and resource types
– foster mutual exchange of scholarship and practical experience
– promote appropriate institutional design



If you missed the June 1st webinar “Fishing for ways to survive in a covid-19 ocean” with guest panelists Bonnie McCay, Moenieba Isaacs, Vivienne Solis, and Xavier Basurto, it is now available to view here.

You may also view the previous webinars in this series “Lessons from evolution for anticipating and coping with extreme events” with guest speaker Simon A. Levin, “Balancing opportunity and opportunism during a crisis: A conversation based on field research on commons in India” featuring Rimjhim Aggarwal and Ruth Meinzen-Dick, and  “What does a post-covid-19 world look like?” featuring Brad Allenby and David Manuel-Navarrete, at our YouTube channel.

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Connecting People

We organize events such as conferences and workshops, in person and online, bring scholars and practitioners together who study and/or govern shared resources. Besides biennial global conferences, we organize regional and thematic conferences and workshops, and virtual conferences.

Knowledge Exchange

We facilitate the dissemination of knowledge via the publication of the International Journal of the Commons, and the Commons Digest. Furthermore, we collaborate with the Digital Library of the Commons, host webinars, send weekly community updates to members, and share relevant commons news on social media.

Capacity Building

We facilitate in capacity building of (young) scholars and practitioners by holding workshops on methods and knowledge domains, organize contests to communicate our scholarly work, provide resources for education, and organize network events for young scholars.