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The commons amid complexity and change is the theme of the next global conference organised by the
International Association for the Study of the Commons.
It is to be held at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, from 25 to 29 May next year.
Commons in an international sense are much broader than our ancient commons of England and Wales, meaning the common use of resources—land, water, air and knowledge.
The Open Spaces Society has been working with the organisers and others to ensure that the conference is much more than purely an academic event, with significant content concerning practitioners on commons. For the first time, this (the fifteenth) biennial conference will embrace those who live and work on commons in the broadest sense, as well as those who campaign for them.
Topics on which abstracts are invited are:
1 Defining the commons: building knowledge through collaboration
2 The commons in a global political economy
3 Food security, livelihoods and well-being
4 The commons in action
5 Social-ecological resilience
6 Dealing with risk, conflict and uncertainty
7 The commons and climate change
8 Indigenous peoples and resource development
Details of the conference can be found here.