The Commons Amidst Complexity and Change. IASC 2015

photoOn the past successes of the International Association for the Study of Commons (IASC) – such as the 2009 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences Dr. Elinor Ostrom, the University of Alberta – Canada – will still host its XVth Biannual Conference during the May 2015, 25th – 29th . The main aim of this choice is to build meetings by providing valuable networking opportunities for our very global and different membership of academics, communities, NGOs, governments resource people and industry leaders.  As in the past, it  continues to learn from one another about Commons issues that matter across local, regional and global scales and share that knowledge with new audiences seeking critical discussion on many issues of social, economic and environmental change. As the IASC recommends, <<Commons are forms of governance and governance strategies for resources created and owned collectively. Knowledge commons governance is likely to be key to successfully addressing important social issues in medicine, environmental protection, education, science and beyond. It is critical for us to study knowledge commons and learn how variations and governance affect outcomes: what works, what doesn’t>>. This is the reason why the association will welcome academics, community groups, government resource people, NGOs and commons practitioners from Alberta, Canada and around the world to submit abstracts to participate to the “CALL The Commons Amidst Complexity and Change”. The eight main themes of this CALL will concern I – Defining the Commons: Building Knowledge through Collaboration​​ ; II – The Commons in a Global Political Economy​ ; III – Food Security, Livelihoods and Well-being​ ; IV – The Commons in Action ; V – Social-Ecological Resilience ; VI – Dealing with Risk, Conflict and Uncertainty ; VII – The Commons and Climate Change ; VIII – Indigenous Peoples and Resource Development.