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35Created by MRKfrom the Noun Project
35Created by MRKfrom the Noun Project
What happens to traditional livelihoods and knowledges as climate change impacts common lands?
How has research on pastoralism
changed since Hardin?
How are struggles to protect common spaces succeeding and failing?
Explore emerging themes on biodiversity commons
What works for building (or creating? crafting? catalyzing?) resilient commons and communities?


September 13 - 17, 2021






March 6, 2021

May 1, 2021

July 1, 2021

August 1, 2021

September 3, 2021

(Panels, Individual Talks, Other Contributions):
September 7, 2021

Add to Calendar 09/13/2021 07:00 AM 09/17/2021 05:00 PM America/Phoenix 2021 IASC Land Commons Virtual Conference Online, Worldwide


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Welcome to the

2021 IASC Land Commons Virtual Conference

We are pleased to announce our call for individual presentations, special sessions, and webinar panel discussions on land commons, broadly conceived. The conference will include live and pre-recorded talks as well as other types of contributions.

As one of a series of virtual conferences organized by the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC), this virtual conference aims to broaden a dialogue between traditional commons scholars, practitioners and researchers from the IASC and related global change research communities, regional research networks and organizations working with Indigenous Peoples and local communities. These include but are not limited to the Global Land Programme, the Political Ecology Network (POLLEN), and others.

Aim & Scope

This conference aims to bring together scholars and practitioners on land as a commons. We will cover traditional land commons topics such as pastoralism, governance of land, land degradation, land rights and conflicts as well as how to conceptualize and analyze the multi-scalar nature of commons such as biodiversity, agrobiodiversity, ecosystem services/nature’s contributions to people (NCP), among others. The week will be shared with a second virtual conference on forests, given the interconnection of the two topics.



One of the leading topics in the commons literature, in couple human-natural systems, land system science, and sustainability fields is about agriculture, food security and associated changes in land use. We are interested in a broad suite of related topics that draw upon the commons and commoning. This may include subsistence farming, agricultural land abandonment, modern agricultural practices and other appropriate topics. We are especially interested in research on the food- energy-water nexus.

Biodiversity is often referred to as a commons that spans from local to global levels. However, surprising little research takes an explicit commons perspective to biodiversity and biodiversity conservation, despite the ample critique of the privatization and neoliberalization of biodiversity. How might viewing biodiversity and/or biodiversity conservation through a commons lens provide analytical insight? And how could it support emerging biodiversity platforms such as convivial conservation? This track will also include work on agrobiodiversity.

Land degradation is an important topic in commons literature, often linking with work in drylands social-ecological systems. We are interested in research that advances work in this area on erosion, land cover change, and more.

Land as a commons provides an overarching and integrative theme for exploring governance within and across scales, and encompassing diverse dimensions and conceptualizations (political, economic, spatial, sociocultural, biophysical…).

Perhaps the classic example of the commons going all the way back to Hardin’s “tragedy”, pastoralism is an important aspect of this research community. We are interested in research on traditional pastoralism as well as transhumant systems of all types.

Usage of the term “commons” is happening from the left and right of the political spectrum with profound difference in political goals, means of governance and how it is operationalized. We look forward to submissions that explore how territory is define and the reclaiming of the commons.



The focus of a webinar is debate. Panelists may make short statements after which there is a moderated discussion during which questions from the audience are addressed. The duration of the webinar is 1 hour.

A session consists of at least four 10-minute video presentations and has a designated space on the conference website. Conference participants can interact with the speakers asynchronously in the comments section of the presentation. A special session also has a live component during the conference where there is an hour-long moderated discussion on common themes between the panelists and the audience.

An individual presentation is a pre-recorded 10-minute video. Participants asynchronously interact with the presenter about the talk in the comment section. We will invite speakers to be part of a live session during the conference with speakers of presentations with similar topics to have a moderated discussion on cross-cutting issues among their presentations.

Short films and artistic works related to the themes, interviews or other online activities.


Online Conference

No hassle, costs, or carbon emissions from traveling. Attend the entire conference safely from home.


Five Days

Five days packed with prerecorded sessions and live events.


Meetup and Network

Interact with your peers during networking events.


Important Dates

July 1, 2021

Deadline for abstract submission

July 1, 2021
August 1, 2021

Notification on acceptance/rejection

August 1, 2021
September 3, 2021

Deadline for pre-recorded video submission

September 3, 2021
September 13 - 17, 2021

Event dates

September 13 - 17, 2021



This virtual conference is accessible for small fees to cover the costs of the implementation of the meetings. All presenters will have to be or become IASC members. IASC members pay 10 dollars to attend the virtual conference live. All conference material will be available to IASC members after the conference. If you are not an IASC member, you can easily register here. Non-IASC members can attend the conference for a fee of 50 dollars. Dependent on sponsoring, waivers are available for early-career scholars and practitioners from the global south.

IASC Members
$ 10
$ 50

Meet The Organizers


Michael Schoon

Associate Professor, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA

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Michael Schoon

Michael Schoon is an associate professor in Arizona State University’s School of Sustainability, focusing on policy and governance in sustainable systems. His work combines multiple methodological approaches and looks at collaborative, cross-border institutional arrangements covering a range of environmental issues from biodiversity conservation to water sharing to fire management in the Arizona borderlands.

Schoon serves as co-Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of the Commons, the leading journal in common-pool resource management. He is also active in international research communities on resilience and complex systems through the Resilience Alliance and the Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society. Additionally, he serves on the board for IUCN’s Transboundary Conservation Specialist Group, which advises academics and practitioners on large-scale, cross-border conservation.


Steering Committee

Catherine M. Tucker

Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA

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Catherine M. Tucker

Catherine M. Tucker is an ecological and economic anthropologist at the University of Florida. Her research focuses on community-based natural resource management, common-pool resources and environmental governance. She is currently working with Central American coffee cooperatives to explore how alternative trade and “ecofriendly” methods impact smallholder coffee producers’ livelihoods, environmental sustainability, and adaptations to market volatility and climate change. She is the author of Coffee Culture: Local Experiences, Global Connections (Routledge) and Changing Forests: Collective Action, Common Property and Coffee in Honduras (Springer). Her work has been published in Global Environmental Change, Conservation Science & Practice, Earth’s Future, Ecology and Society, Environmental Science & Policy, and Society and Natural Resources, among others.


Bram Büscher

Professor, Sociology of Development and Change Group, Wageningen University, The Netherlands

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Bram Büscher

Bram Büscher is Professor and Chair of the Sociology of Development and Change group at Wageningen University and holds visiting positions at the University of Johannesburg and Stellenbosch University. Bram has published widely on the relations between nature, development and politics and is the author of ‘The Truth About Nature. Environmentalism in the Era of Post-Truth Politics and Platform Capitalism (University of California Press, 2021) and co-author, together with Robert Fletcher, of ‘The Conservation Revolution: Radical Ideas for Saving Nature Beyond the Anthropocene’ (Verso, 2020). Bram is one of the senior editors of Conservation & Society (  For more information, and access to publications, see:


George T. Mudimu

Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of Western Cape, South Africa

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George T. Mudimu

George T. Mudimu holds a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Western Cape, under the DSI/NRF South African Chair in Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, Prof. Ruth Hall. He researches land politics, rural politics, social movements, agrarian change, and political economy. He has published in: Review of African Political Economy; The Journal of Peasant Studies; Agrarian South: Journal of Political Economy; Geojournal; Journal of African Contemporary Studies. George is an active member of the Collective of Agrarian Scholar- Activists from the South (CASAS). He is part of the Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative. Email:


Ariane de Bremond

Executive Officer of the Global Land Programme, Bern, Switzerland

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Ariane de Bremond

Ariane de Bremond is Executive Officer of the Global Land Programme (, Senior Scientist at the Centre for Development and Environment at the University of Bern, Switzerland, and Associate Research Professor in Geographical Sciences at the University of Maryland. Her research interests include land system science with a focus on land governance, land use and conflict; science-policy interface, and knowledge co-design and co-production. In my current research, I seek to understand how land use and governance is connected (telecoupled) across distant socio-ecological systems and to explore how contextualized ‘pathways’ can be designed through transdisciplinary methods in support of more just and the sustainable governance of land resources.

Address: University of Bern, Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) Mittelstrasse 43, 3012 Bern Switzerland


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Farai Mtero

Senior Researcher at the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa

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Farai Mtero

Farai Mtero is a senior researcher at the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) at the University of the Western Cape. He is currently leading a research project on land redistribution in South Africa. 


Gabriela Macedo

Ph.D. candidate at the Center for Environmental Studies and Research, State University of Campinas, Brazil

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Gabriela Macedo

Gabriela is a Ph.D. candidate at the Center for Environmental Studies and Research, State University of Campinas (UNICAMP) and a visiting scholar at the Center for the Analysis of Social-Ecological Landscapes (CASEL), Indiana University. Research interests: Food systems, agroecology, smallholders and agriculture/agroforestry, land use analysis, public policies, governance. Geographical areas of specialization: Brazil.



Event Sponsors

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

Platinum Sponsor: $5,000

Gold Sponsor: $2,000

Silver Sponsor: $1,000

Bronze sponsor: $120, which covers a membership for one participant for four years.

Platinum, Gold, and Silver sponsors will have their logo on the conference website, the size depending on the level of Sponsorship. If you have inquiries about sponsorships, please contact

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How to get the most out of the IASC 2021 Fisheries and Aquaculture Commons Virtual Conference

Welcome to IASC 2021 Fisheries and Aquaculture Commons Virtual Conference! We are excited to have you on board! Whether this is your first time attending a virtual conference, or if this is one of many that you have experienced, we would like to give you some tips to increase your focus and make the most of your time during this event.

Block off your calendar

When we attend an in-person conference, part of what makes it special is being away from home, office, and our usual daily routine. We suggest that you do the same for this virtual conference. Let your employers, students, colleagues, and family know that you are immersing yourself in this 3-day conference. We are offering real-time panel discussions and networking events. Get the real-time events that you want to attend onto your calendar first. Then schedule time for yourself to enjoy the pre-recorded presentations.

Using Slack

During this conference, we will be communicating in real-time through a Slack workspace with a variety of Slack channels. If you are not familiar with Slack, check out this tutorial.

Interact with other participants

Encourage friends and colleagues to attend the conference with you. Utilize the comment sections on the pre-recorded presentations to ask questions and create dialogues about various points of view. Schedule 1-on-1 virtual meet-ups with people you meet during our various events. Throughout the conference, a virtual meeting place will be available for you to interact with other attendees at any time. We will be using the platform as discussed in “Conference at a glance”.

Let this event have a lasting impact

After the conference, the presentations will still be available to you. Live events will be recorded and posted for you to watch again. Stay connected to the participants you met while networking. If you are not an IASC member, consider joining and participating in future events.

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1.  Visit the Gravatar website to sign up. It’s located at

2.  Click on the “Create Your Own Gravatar” button.

3.  Sign up for Gravatar with a account. Or click Already have a account? to sign in. 

4.  Click on the link in the confirmation email. Check your spam folder if you don’t see an email from

5.  Go back to Gravatar and login if necessary.

6.  Click the “Add a new image” button.

7.  Click the “Upload new” button.

8.  Click “Choose File” and pick a profile picture from your computer. Then click “Next”.

9.  Crop your image by moving the box that is overlaid on the image you choose. Then click on “Crop Image” below.

10.  Choose an image rating that reflects the content of your avatar. Then click the “Set Rating” button below.

Be aware that the use of an image that is X-rated will automatically prevent you from using it on a number of websites.

11.  Start using it. When you create accounts on other websites with the same email address and that site uses Gravatar, your profile image should automatically be set to your currently selected profile picture from your Gravatar account. If you change your Gravatar image for your email account in Gravatar, it should update your profile picture on other sites automatically.

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When the conference content becomes available, we will provide a link to join the conference’s Slack workspace. Joining will allow you to communicate directly with other conference participants, coordinate meetups, share information, etc.

Interact with other participants in our

Meeting Room

During the conference, you will be able to mingle with other participants in our Wonder Room (from The video below gives a simple introduction on how to use the platform. Once you log into the conference website you’ll find information about the location of the Wonder Room.

Listen and COntribute to our

Spotify playlist

We are creating a conference theme-based Spotify playlist available to all participants. During the conference, you will be able to add songs to the list.