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The local organizers of the XVIIth Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons welcome abstracts for papers, panels, videos, and posters to be presented at this conference, to be held in Lima, Peru, from 1 to 5 July 2019. The meeting will be held in the PUCP’s Lima campus and will be hosted by both PUCP’s Faculty of Social Sciences, and the Department of Economics of the Universidad de Los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia).

With the theme of the conference, ‘In Defense of the Commons: Challenges, Innovation and Action’, we intend to provide scholars, practitioners, and policymakers with a forum to debate the contemporary role of the commons in a globalized world.  Analyzing issues such as climate change, ecosystem resilience, and sustainability through the application of commons theory offers potential for finding alternative solutions.  In light of growing economic and power inequalities, gender imbalances, and impending scarcity, there is a need to find ways to address these pressing challenges occurring around the globe.

The IASC 2019 global conference in Lima offers the prospect for the IASC to venture into a fascinating region of the world incorporating the Andes, the Amazon, and the Pacific, where many natural resources currently managed by ethnic communities are under threat from privatization and/or state appropriation. The region has a complex history of contestation over land and other resources, combined with thriving social movements initiated by indigenous groups in relation to shared ownership and use. The region incorporates a range of difficult issues for exploration and will benefit from application of the rich multi-disciplinary views and experiences of IASC members who will attend from around the world.

We welcome proposals for workshops, round tables, panels, and dialogues that integrate practitioners, academics and other stakeholders.

Keynote speakers

Prof. dr. Joan Martínez Alier (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona)

Dr. Brigitte LG Baptiste (Alexander von Humbold Center, Colombia)

Fiorenza Micheli, Professor of Marine Science, Director Center for Ocean Solutions, Stanford University, US

Conference tracks


Multi-stakeholder Dialogues

Building on the fruitful experience of the Practitioner’s Labs in the previous IASC global conference (held in Utrecht in 2017), the Multi-stakeholder Dialogues will provide a unique platform for knowledge exchange across different social actors.These ‘dialogue’ sessions are designed to be flexible and can take different formats (e.g., roundtable, workshop, living lab, open discussion, etc.). They will be structured around a particular question, or challenge, facing commons theory, practice, management or governance.  

The key features of the ‘dialogues’ will be the relevance of the challenge/question tackled and its composition: they must be composed of at least two different types of commons-related stakeholder (e.g. citizen, practitioner, indigenous peoples’ organizations representatives, private sector, public sector, policymaker, academic researcher, local communities activist).  

Those proposing ‘dialogue’ sessions will need to develop a coherent description of the proposed sessions, the aims, and objectives, and identify the range and types of stakeholders involved.  Multi-stakeholder Dialogue proposals will need to include:

  1. a brief explanation of the societal relevance of the main topic and the Dialogue format (e.g. roundtable, workshop, discussion, etc.);
  2. a list of the participants (at least two different categories of stakeholder – with the ideal being three or more) and their expected contribution;
  3. a description of how knowledge exchange and/or co-production will be promoted during the session (how are you thinking to engage participants on a co-production of knowledge? how are you planning to synthesize the discussion?).
Submission guidelines

Proposals for panels, panel-related papers, and multi-stakeholder dialogues can be submitted in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. Do note however that proposals in Spanish or Portuguese should always include a participant who can translate to English during discussions. Proposals for single papers and posters should always be in English.

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