10.-14.7.2017: Conference of The International Association for the Study of the Commons, Utrecht


XVI Biennial Conference ‘Practicing the commons: Self-governance, cooperation, and institutional change’

The conference, held from 10-14 July 2016 in Utrecht, The Netherlands, is expected to attract over 600 academics, practitioners, and others interested in the field of commons, common-pool resources, and cooperatives.

The IASC is the world’s leading professional organization for the interdisciplinary study of commons, common-pool resources, and other resources that are (or could be) held or used collectively by communities, both in developing and developed countries. The association  is devoted to understanding and improving institutions for the management and governance of such resources. The IASC is open to both academic scholars as well as expert practitioners, and hence has become the (non-profit) association par excellence for the mutual exchange between scholars and practitioners on commons’ issues.

The 2017 Biennial IASC-Conference will be an excellent opportunity for scholars and practitioners from all over the world to meet each other, to learn from each other’s research and experiences, to exchange ideas, and to learn from successful examples of management and governance of common-pool resources. The conference will also pay much attention on the significant current-day developments on common-pool resources and cooperatives within the Netherlands (such as knowledge commons, energy cooperatives, care cooperatives, urban commons, and other citizens’ initiatives), not only by inviting representatives of those Dutch initiatives to join as conference participants, but also by offering them an opportunity to draw attention to their initiatives, e.g. by organizing public events and field-trips.