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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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
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’.
Foundation for Ecological Security
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.
Research team Institutions for Collective Action, Utrecht University
The Research Team Institutions for Collective Action focuses on the emergence, functioning, and management of institutions for collective action, which are institutions that are built and managed by the stakeholders themselves in order to tackle certain problems. The main research focus is on explaining what is needed to create (very) long-enduring Common-Pool Institutions, of which many can be found in European history, such as commons, craft guilds, beguinages, waterboards, co-operatives, mutuals, friendly societies, et cetera.
Research Team Institutions for Open Societies, Utrecht University
Institutions for Open Societies is one of the strategic themes of Utrecht University. The strength of societies is to a large extent determined by the quality of their institutions, which are the formal and informal frameworks for human interaction. These institutions – laws, customs, networks, organizations, etc. – enable or constrain the realization of an open, democratic and equitable society. They also determine a society’s ability to absorb shocks and its sustainability. At Utrecht University, scholars from the fields of economics, history, public administration, culture, law, sociology, social psychology, ethics, innovation studies, and geography join forces to find answers to the following key questions: Why do societies develop so divergently? And how do institutions contribute to the formation of open and sustainable societies?
Triodos Foundation
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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Agriterra was founded by the Dutch agricultural sector and provides expert advice to farmer organizations and cooperatives in developing economies, strengthens them to fight hunger and poverty, and links those organizations to Dutch businesses. Agriterra’s unique approach is to strengthen cooperatives by using cooperative expertise and peer-to-peer advice from the Dutch agri- and food top sector via Agriterra’s strong roots and network in the Netherlands and abroad. Agriterra’s motivated professionals combine scientific thinking with a practical approach, and use this to strengthen farmer ownership and stimulate economic growth. Agriterra wants to help ambitious farmers worldwide, thereby contributing to socio-economically strong and lively rural areas. Agriterra deploys to support farmers’ organizations enhance and accelerate development by addressing three critical issues: (1) agricultural productivity, (2) off-farm rural employment, and (3) the empowerment of farmers. Agriterra, in cooperation with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was main sponsor of IASC2017.
Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Every hour of every day, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs promotes the interests of the Kingdom abroad. The Ministry coordinates and carries out Dutch foreign policy at its headquarters in The Hague and through its missions abroad. It is likewise the channel through which the Dutch Government communicates with foreign governments and international organizations. As a country that looks beyond its borders, the Netherlands is committed to building a safe, stable and prosperous world. In The Hague, and at more than 150 embassies and consulates worldwide, staff are actively involved in addressing issues such as poverty reduction, climate change, respect for human rights and the rule of law and eliminating conflict. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in cooperation with Agriterra, was main sponsor of IASC2017.
Our organizational members
Open Spaces Society
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.
Systemwide Program on Collective Action and Property Rights (CAPRi)
The Systemwide Program on Collective Action and Property Rights (CAPRi) is one of several inter-center initiatives of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) created to foster research and promote collaboration on institutional aspects of natural resource management between CGIAR research centers, national agricultural research institutions, and other sources.
Natural Resources Institute, University of Manitoba
The Natural Resources Institute (NRI) is an interdisciplinary institute that integrates knowledge gained from the natural and social sciences to develop holistic perspectives on environmental and natural resources management problems. Research conducted at the NRI may have an economic, social, or ecological perspective, or may integrate all three disciplines.
Center for International Forestry Research
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).
Rights and Resources Institute
The Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) is a strategic coalition of international, regional, and community organizations engaged in conservation, research, and development. The RRI aims to encourage greater global commitment and action on pro-poor tenure, policy, and market reforms.
Department of Social Anthropology, Bern University
The Institute of Social Anthropology, founded in 1966, has developed into one of the largest institutes in the German-speaking regions. It participates in the international Master’s Program CREOLE and in the Swiss Graduate School in Social Anthropology. Research is carried out on topical and politically relevant subjects such as climate change, land grabbing, common property, human rights and national borders, precarious work, transnational production, the global social movement of people and the role of the new media in creating cultural identity, as well as into traditional areas such as gift-giving, family relationships, religious practices, and ecology.
Our in-kind supporters
Countryside and Community Research Institute
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.
Utrecht University
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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School of Sustainability, Arizona State University
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.
Duke University Marine Lab
The Division of Marine Science and Conservation (MSC) strives to be at the forefront of understanding marine environmental systems, their conservation, and their governance through leadership in research, training and communication. MSC represents multiple disciplines and different coastal and marine sectors, builds conceptual foundations within their research fields, and bridges concepts across disciplines to create new ways of understanding. MSC connects science to action through research that informs policy, trains leaders, creates innovative products, empowers communities, and supports environmental entrepreneurship. MSC also promotes sustainability through individual, collective, and institutional actions.
Georgetown Law, Georgetown University
Georgetown University Law Center is one of the professional graduate schools of Georgetown University, a private research university located in Washington, D.C. Established in 1870, it is the second largest law school in the United States and consistently ranks among the top 10 law schools in the United States. The school is among the top feeder schools for big law firms and public sector and government jobs in the US. The school is particularly well regarded in the following program areas: clinical legal education, international law, tax law, trial advocacy, healthcare law, and environmental law.
International Water Management Institute
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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School of Public Policy, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
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.
Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg
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.
Department of Anthropology, University of Florida
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.