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Edmonton Alberta May 25-29, 2015

The Commons Amidst Complexity and Change

The Commons Amidst Complexity and Change

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Venue & Travel

Edmonton has some affordable gourmet food that comes on wheels...

Elinor OStrom Award

Elinor Ostrom was a founding member of IASC.  The award is given in her name after she was honoured in 2009 with the Nobel Prize in Economics.  

May 25-29, 2015

Get Involved

IASC 2015 needs you.  Get involved in organizing sessions, workshops side events, field trips...


  The Organizing Committee, led by Brenda Parlee, is already hard at work... .

Key Issues in Alberta

Alberta has been a major focus of public attention over oil sands development in the past decade.  Learn more about these and other local issues....

 Edmonton Alberta 

The International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) is a multidisciplinary academic organization focused on building and mobilizing knowledge around many integrated social-economic and environmental issues with a particular focus on how to avoid the “tragedy of the commons”.    The organization is over 20 years old and gained significant notoriety in 2009 when one of its founding members (Elinor Ostrom) won the Nobel Prize in Economics. A significant body of research and practice speaks to the importance of common pool resource management to local and global sustainability.

The 2015 conference will focus on many kinds of common pool resources including fisheries, forests, and water resources as well as a host of emergent problems of social and environmental change. Participants in the conference will be invited to share ideas, evidence and practical solutions on questions of poverty, food security, social-ecological resilience, effective governance, human rights, indigenous knowledge, sustainable natural resource development and climate change.   You can find more research and publications related to the Commons on the Library of the Commons at:

For more information about the conference contact: Dr. Brenda Parlee, University of Alberta at  


Check out the options for the 

 one day & multi-day field trips.


About IASC

The International Association for the Study of the Commons is an international organization dedicated to addressing issues of social and environmental sustainability. 

15th Biennial Global Conference

International Association for the Study of the Commons 

IASC 2015 

 15th Biannual International Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons