Our Supporters

As the IASC is a non-profit organization, its only revenues are from memberships and conference revenues. The IASC therefore is very grateful to its supporting and organizational members, allowing the IASC to continue organizing conferences, events, and other activities. Also, we thank our in-kind supporters, the organizations our IASC Council members are affiliated with: none of the elected council members receives any remuneration for their activities and perform their tasks voluntarily and thanks to the support of their institutions.

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If you want your organization to become a member of the IASC, please do register as institutional member, or contact our Executive Director via iasc@iasc-commons.org.

Institutional memberships come in 2 types:

Organizational membership
* USD 300/year (1 July-June 30)
* Individual Membership benefits for 3 members of your organization
* Your logo and description of your organization on IASC’s website
* Dedicated exhibition space at IASC-conferences and -events

Supporting membership
* USD 1,000/year (1 July-June 30)
* Individual Membership benefits for 10 members of your organization
* Your logo and description of your organization on IASC’s website
* Dedicated exhibition space at IASC-conferences and -events

Our Supporting Members


Development Management Institute (DMI) was established in 2014 with the support of the Government of Bihar, India, in order to form a High Performing Knowledge Institution, patterned on the founding vision of Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA). IRMA was based on the firm belief that the livelihoods of small producers and marginalized people can be enhanced by organizing them to form participation-based, democratically managed institutions that leverage the strengths of collectives and build enduring partnerships with professionals for reaping the benefits of technology and market integration. The rationale of DMI is best captured in its mission: ‘To empower and usher in participatory governance and management of institutions, enterprises and resources for enhancing livelihoods and generating sustainable development’.

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As ‘ecological security’ is the foundation of sustainable and equitable development, the Foundation for Ecological Security (FES) is committed to strengthening, reviving or restoring, where necessary, the process of ecological succession and the conservation of land, forest and water resources in the country.

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The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) advances human wellbeing, environmental conservation, and equity by conducting research to inform policies and practices that affect forests in developing countries. CIFOR is one of 15 centres within the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).

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Triodos Foundation has over 40 years of experience within working with gift money for the purpose of a sustainable society and a greater quality of life. Triodos Foundation’s aim is to stimulate national and international initiatives that instigate social renewal, especially in organic farming, development, the environment, sustainable energy, arts and culture, education and health care. Triodos Foundation serves as an intermediary between donors and a broad range of projects. The donor is provided with professional advice, suiting their specific values and requirements. 

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Our Organizational Members


Open Spaces Society (OSS), founded in 1865 as the Commons Preservation Society, is Britain’s oldest national conservation body, preserving commons for the enjoyment of the public, and protecting the historical and vital rights-of-way network through England and Wales. OSS’s work includes helping members protect their local common land, town and village greens, open spaces, and public paths. The OSS advises the UK Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs and the National Assembly for Wales on applications for works on common land, and is notified by authorities about proposals to alter the route of a public right of way. 

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Our in-kind supporters


The Center for Behavior, Institutions and the Environment (CBIE) of Arizona State University is a transdisciplinary endeavor to improve the understanding of effective governance of social-ecological systems by an increased understanding of the interactions of human behavior, institutional arrangements and the biophysical environment. CBIE does this by comparative analysis of observational and experimental studies in different regions in the world within an international network of academics and practitioners.

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The Faculty of Natural Sciences III of the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg is characterized by theoretical pure re-search and application-oriented research. As a result, regional and international businesses alike benefit from the targeted implementation of ‘knowledge transfer’. The interdisciplinary nature of the institutes’ work is reflected in the range of courses on offer, and enables students to prepare themselves for careers of the future, depending on their skills and interests. At the same time, ‘learning through research’ – especially on MSc courses – allows students to be totally immersed in the problem areas currently being explored by national and international research associations.

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The Countryside and Community Research Institute (CCRI) is the largest specialist rural research centre in the UK, working at the interface of agriculture, society and the environment on issues relevant to rural and urban development, in the UK, Europe and further afield. Working with colleagues and partners in the physical as well as social sciences the CCRI has placed itself at the centre of a nexus of mutual exchange. These exchanges range from soil science, sustainable agriculture, through to the culture of food, and the limits of the food system.

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The School of Public Policy (SPP), formerly known as the Center for Public Policy and Administration has a long tradition of providing rigorous professional training for students attracted to public service and careers in public administration. The School of Public Policy (SPP) has become the hub of interdisciplinary public policy research, teaching, and engagement at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, dedicated to realizing social change and solving problems for the common good. SPP faculty and alumni are effective policy leaders in addressing topics such as family and care policy, environmental issues, emerging technologies, social inequalities, and governance.

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The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) is a non-profit, international scientific research organization focusing on the sustainable use of water and land resources in developing countries. IWMI works in partnership with governments, civil society, and the private sector to develop scalable agricultural water management solutions that have a real impact on poverty reduction, food security, and ecosystem health. IWMI is a CGIAR Research Center, leading the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE). IWMI’s main goal is to provide evidence-based solutions to sustainably manage water and land resources for food security, people’s livelihoods and the environment.

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The Department of Community Sustainability engages with colleagues, students, stakeholders and communities to address social choices within specific environmental, economic and cultural contexts that advance or conflict with sustainability goals.

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Anthropology lies at the intersection of the multiple approaches to the study of humankind that characterize other disciplines–biological, social, cultural, historical, linguistic, cognitive, material, technological, and aesthetic–because of its unique holistic perspective. Anthropologists typically engage in particularistic research (devoted to specific topics, regions, theoretical, and methodological concerns) that ultimately contributes to the “big questions” about human experience. The Department’s main goal is to maintain the vision of anthropology encapsulated in these strengths among its faculty, graduate students, undergraduate majors, and other students taking anthropology courses, and to foster an understanding of anthropology within the university community and beyond.

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Utrecht University is an international research university and the alma mater of many leading names, academics and scientists who have made an important contribution to the quality of society. Utrecht University’s main focus is on working to contribute to a better world, aiming at graduates having the knowledge and skills to make a substantial contribution to society. Utrecht University’s research is ground-breaking and focused on solving major global issues. Its collaborative culture fosters innovation, new insights and societal impact. The core values of ambition, inspiration, commitment and independence form the basis of the Utrecht University community.

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