October 11 - 15, 2021


Tempe, Arizona, USA




XVIII Biennial IASC Conference “Our Commons Future” in Tempe, Arizona, the USA

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 Tempe, Arizona, USA in 2021

Add to Calendar 10/11/2021 08:00 AM 10/15/2021 05:00 PM America/Phoenix XVIII Biennial IASC Conference "Our Commons Future" Tempe, Arizona, USA


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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 the COVID-19 crisis, it is unclear as of September 2020 what is possible for organizing a conference of 800+ persons in October 2021. The pandemic, travel constraints, visa restrictions, and the economic crisis create many uncertainties, and, inevitably, we can not plan an ordinary biennial conference.
We have not given up on an in-person meeting in October 2021, but we do not want to put all eggs in one basket. 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. We keep the planned in-person conference on the agenda for October 11 to 15, 2021. In this continuously evolving situation, we will decide whether we can hold an in-person conference in the Spring of 2021.

Important Dates

XVIII Biennial IASC Conference

October 2020

Start submission of abstracts

October 2020
March 1, 2021

Deadline abstract and session submissions

March 1, 2021
April 2021

Notification of acceptance/rejection

April 2021
April 2021

Start Early Bird registration

April 2021
August 2021

End of early bird registration & deadline for registration of presenters

August 2021
October 11-15, 2021

Conference Dates

October 11-15, 2021

Pre-Conference Virtual Events

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

August 2021
Forest Commons — details coming soon

September 2021
Land Commons — details coming soon


We are seeking Sponsors

We are seeking sponsors to cover the costs of organizing these conferences and fund IASC memberships for students and colleagues in the global south. We consider the following level of Sponsorships for the overall IASC 2021 conference:

Platinum Sponsor: $25,000
Gold Sponsor: $15,000
Silver Sponsor: $5,000
Bronze sponsor: $1,000

Platinum, Gold, and Silver sponsors will have their logo on the overall IASC 2021 website and all 10 sub conferences, the size depending on the level of Sponsorship. If you have inquiries about sponsorships, please contact Marco.Janssen@asu.edu

Hosting Institutions

The conference will be held at the Tempe campus of Arizona State University and hosted by both IASC members from Arizona State University and the University of Arizona.

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