Friday, May 17, 2013


Training Program on the Commons—Your input needed

The International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) is considering developing a training program on the commons, in collaboration with Countryside and Community Research Institute of the University of Gloucestershire (UoG), the Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales-UNAM, and the CGIAR Program on Collective Action and Property Rights Program (CAPRI).

This course grows out of a recognition that more training on commons issues will ensure that these issues have appropriate and informed voices and that the increasing number of researchers and practitioners addressing commons issues in their work have the necessary theoretical and empirical background. A tentative list of topics to be covered may be found below.

To help inform the design of this course we have produced a short survey, which we invite you to take either in English or Spanish. Your participation in the survey will help these organizations to design a training program that is suitable and interesting to potential participants.

Take the survey in English.

Take the survey in Spanish.


Proposed list of topics (tentative):

I. Introduction to the Commons.

II. Biodiversity and forests. Covering issues such as: ecological principles, biodiversity as a “commons”, forest rights, indigenous utilization, and the capacity for multi-functional use, Valuing biodiversity and influencing policy, and Carbon sequestration and the role of forests in climate change and environmental management

III. Water. Covering issues such as: water as a finite and shared resource, application of commons concepts to water management under different conditions (trans-boundary management; inter-basin movement; within catchment management), legal regimes, water rights, and ‘markets’ for water

IV. Marine resources. Covering issues such as: marine resources (fisheries, energy, minerals, navigation), Law of the Sea, Fisheries as closed and open access resources (includes range of case studies from different parts of the world), Regulating inshore and offshore fisheries as commons resources (inshore fisheries as community resources; social and economic impacts of regulatory regime change)

V. Advanced Commons Theory and Practice. Including Alternative approaches to commons management and governance, Game theory, 'new commons' and complex systems, Analyzing political and economic structures; exploring hierarchical systems

VI. Climate change and the management of global commons. Including climate as a shared resource, the science of climate change, international law, analyzing international institutions

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