Theesfeld moderates a book presentation on Commons by Silke Helfrich

Free, fair and vital | The Power of the Commons  (Original in German: Frei, fair und lebendig | Die Macht der Commons) Book presentation and discussion with Silke Helfrich What do public forests, software from Linux, community-supported agriculture and apartment-house syndicates in common? All of this is not organized as private property but based on […]

Registration IASC2019 open!

Registration for IASC2019 has opened via! Via the registration form you can not only register and pay for the conference, but you can also sign up for the conference dinner as well as for the pre-conference workshops and conference field trips. View all options at Please note: accepted presenters should register before May […]

Review results IASC2019 abstracts

Did you submit an abstract for the IASC2019 conference in Lima? On February 14, all authors should have received notification about the review results. Did you not find your notification in your Inbox? Please check your spam-folders! If it is also not there, please contact us via

New IASC Council starts office today!

In accordance with IASC’s bylaws, the new IASC Council has started office on January 15, 2019. Change of presidency As the IASC Presidency is based on a 2-year term, previous President-Elect Marco Janssen has started office as current President of the IASC. At the same time, John Powell has assumed the position of Immediate Past-President. […]

Call for proposals for hosting the IASC2021 conference

Having received over 820 abstracts for next year’s IASC2019 Conference in Lima, Peru, the IASC already welcomes proposals for IASC2021, the XVIII Biennial Global Conference of the IASC. IASC Biennial Conferences bring together commons scholars and practitioners from around the world. The benefits of hosting these conferences for your organization include an expanded network of […]

Call for hosting an IASC Event in 2019-2020

The International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) welcomes proposals for the period 2019 – 2020 from individuals and organizations interested in hosting IASC Conferences, workshops, and other events.   Benefits from hosting IASC regional and/or thematic events IASC-Conferences, workshops and other types of event bring together scholars and practitioners from around the […]

Elected candidates IASC Council

In November 2019, the IASC has held its regular Council Elections. After validation of the results, the newly elected candidates are presented below. We congratulate them with their election and thank all candidates for participating in the elections. The newly elected candidates will start office on January 15, 2019. On that date, the Presidency of […]

Past-Presidents Tine De Moor and Ruth Meinzen-Dick co-authors on Science article ‘Tragedy Revisited’

On December 13, 2018, the 50th anniversary of Hardin’s publication ‘Tragedy of the Commons’, Science published the article ‘Tragedy Revisited’. This article consists of contributions by various experts on historical and present-day commons issues. Among the authors are IASC’s former Presidents Tine De Moor (President 2015-2017; current Past-President) and Ruth Meinzen-Dick (President 2008-2011), publishing the […]

Commons Video Contest Winners Announced!

The Commons Video Contest was for 3-minute videos aiming to communicate commons research to a general public. The contest was held at the 1st IASC Virtual Conference. Funding for the contest prizes was provided by the Foundation for Scientific Symbiosis. We received 20 videos and these are the winners: Winner – Prize $3000 The Commons Explained […]

World Commons Week – Succesfull kick-off Conference ‘Celebrating Commons Scholarship’

The Celebrating Commons Scholarship Conference at Georgetown Law, which was co-hosted by Sheila Foster (Professor, Georgetown Law and Public Policy), Brigham Daniels (Professor, BYU Law), and the International Association for the Study of the Commons, with the support of doctoral fellow Chrystie Flournoy Swiney (JD/ PhD (ABD)), from October 5-6, 2018 was a great success!  […]