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Various Weeks from February to October 2021


Online, Worldwide



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.

Important Dates

Virtual Conferences

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

Conference Chair

Rimjhim Aggrawal

John Marty Anderies

Elizabeth Baldwin

Tom Evans

Candice Carr Kelman

Edella Schlager

Michael Schoon

Support Staff

Caren Burgermeister

Alfredo Moreno

Lucha Pfister

Hosting Institutions

The IASC 2021 conference is organized by IASC members from Arizona State University and the University of Arizona.