Various Weeks from February to October 2021
XVIII Biennial IASC Conference “Our Commons Future”
The International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC), Arizona State University, and University of Arizona are honored to host and invite you to the 18th global IASC conference in 2021
Aim & Scope
The aim of the conference is to bring together researchers, practitioners, and policy makers 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 resources. We will especially focus on the increasing diversity of domains where concepts of commons are applied.
We live in unprecedented times. Due to consequences of the COVID-19 crisis, it is not possible to organize an international conference in person in October 2021. We want to use this challenging situation as an opportunity to create a new kind of global biennial IASC conference. We plan to have nine topical virtual conferences between February and September. Those smaller online events will allow the global community to come together in inclusive low carbon events. The timeslot of the original in-person conference, October 11 to 15, 2021, will become a virtual event focused on membership meetings, workshops and panels.
Feb 24 — 26, 2021
Commons in Space — Learn more
March 9 — 11, 2021
Fisheries and Aquaculture Commons — Learn more
April 21 — 23, 2021
Commoning the Anthropocene — Learn more
May 6 — 8, 2021
Urban Commons — Learn more
May 17 — 19, 2021
Polycentric Governance — Learn more
May 19 — 21, 2021
Water Commons — Learn more
June 9 — 11, 2021
Knowledge Commons — Learn more
September 13 — 17, 2021
Land Commons — Learn more
September 13 — 17, 2021
Forest Commons — Learn more
October 11 — 15, 2021
General Conference — Learn more
IASC2021 will be chaired by Dr. Marco Janssen of Arizona State University. He will be supported by the General Organizing Committee and Steering Boards of the topical conferences. The Support Staff will take care of the practical details of the conference.
General Organizing Committee
Marco A. Janssen
Marco Janssen is a Professor in the School of Sustainability and Director of the Center for Behavior, Institutions, and the Environment, both at Arizona State University, USA. Janssen is also the Past-President of the IASC. His research focuses on the resilience and governance of shared resources in the lab, field, cyberspace, and outer space.
Rimjhim Aggarwal is an Associate Professor for the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University. Her research and teaching interests lie at the interface between sustainability science and international development, with a focus on examining the links between globalization, the resilience of social-ecological systems, and human well-being. She is currently working on a National Science Foundation project on Innovations in Food, Energy and Water Nexus Systems. She has also been examining the emerging conflicts in the framing of water as a human right as well as an economic, ecological, and social good in rapidly urbanizing regions; with a focus on Delhi, São Paulo, and Johannesburg.
John Marty Anderies
J. Marty Anderies is a Professor at the School of Sustainability and the Associate Director of the Center for Behavior, Institutions, and the Environment, both at Arizona State University. His research focuses on developing an understanding of how ecological, behavioral, social, and institutional factors affect the robustness/vulnerability characteristics of social-ecological systems. His other areas of interest include economic growth, demographics, and theoretical ecology.
Elizabeth Baldwin is an Assistant Professor in the School of Government & Public Policy at the University of Arizona. Her research is on environmental, energy and water policy in the U.S. and internationally, with broad interest in the role that non-state actors play in implementing natural resource policies, the way that laws and legal rules structure stakeholder involvement, and the degree to which such stakeholder involvement affects policy outcomes.
Tom Evans is a Professor for the School of Geography, Development & Environment at the University of Arizona. His current work investigates the dynamics of human-environment relationships including land use, agricultural decision-making, food security, and environmental governance. Much of his work involves the integration of household-level analysis with environmental data and is draws on extensive fieldwork campaigns. Methodologically his research utilizes techniques from spatial analysis, GIS, remote sensing, econometric analysis, and simulation modeling.
Candice Carr Kelman
Dr. Candice Carr Kelman serves as associate director for conservation solutions with the Center for Biodiversity Outcomes and co-directs the Conservation Solutions Lab at Arizona State University. Her research investigates policy dimensions of sustainability issues, such as the key elements of adaptive collaborative management of natural resources, and how to manage tradeoffs and foster synergies between biodiversity conservation and human development. She has studied stewardship contracting in Arizona national forests, Integrated Conservation and Development Projects in Indonesian national parks, and the global trade in electronic waste. Two major themes in Dr. Carr Kelman's research are the complex relationships between conservation and development, and the design of nested, multi-scalar institutions for the collaborative governance of social-ecological systems.
Edella Schlager is a Professor and the Director of the School of Government and Public Policy at the University of Arizona. Her research focuses on comparative institutional analyses of water laws, policies, property rights, and compacts in the US, using the coding of texts and applying the grammar of institutions to code rules and norms. She is particularly interested in the design and performance of polycentric systems of water governance and how adaptable they are to changing environmental, legal, and social circumstances.
Michael Schoon is an associate professor in Arizona State University's School of Sustainability, focusing on policy and governance in sustainable systems. He looks at collaborative, cross-border institutional arrangements covering a range of environmental issues from biodiversity conservation to water sharing to fire management in the Arizona borderlands, southern Africa, and Ecuador. His work combines multiple methodological approaches and looks at causal clusters for the formation and governance outcomes of institutional arrangements. Schoon is active in the Resilience Alliance and the Future Earth Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society, and serves on the board for IUCN's Transboundary Conservation Specialist Group. Finally, he is co-Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of the Commons.
Caren Burgermeister is the international coordinator for the Center for Behavior, Institutions and the Environment and support staff for the Global Biosocial Complexity Initiative, both at Arizona State University. She is also the Executive Director of the International Association for the Study of the Commons.
The IASC 2021 conference is organized by IASC members from Arizona State University and the University of Arizona.