Thanks to all who submitted abstracts for IASC 2015. We are excited to have received over 900 abstracts from more than 65 countries. If you have not received information about your abstract, please contact email@example.com
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For those preparing a poster, please use the link "Read Guidelines" and bring your poster to Edmonton for poster sessions beginning May 26th at 9am.
The research and practice of NGOs, communities and non-academic institutions are important to understanding how to address practical ‘commons’ issues.
This theme addresses the challenges associated with the human dimensions (quality of life) of the ‘commons’. What are the opportunities and challenges for improving food security and building sustainable livelihoods? This theme also links questions of environment, agriculture and resource management to solving problems of socio-economic marginalization.
The global political economy presents many new challenges for the ‘commons’. Understanding the fit between local-global perspectives is particularly important in an increasingly global world. How do political and economic institutions at larger scales facilitate or limit sustainable use and management at local scales? Given the tension between a neo-liberal trend towards decentralization and increased interest in the successes of ‘community-based resource management’, the conference will offer opportunities for critical thinking and discussion on such themes as:
The meaning and significance of the ‘commons’ varies depending on the disciplinary, socio-economic and geographic position of those engaged in, or living with, common pool resources as well as the particularities of the resource itself. Abstracts are encouraged that consider:
Climate change has led to new kinds of stresses on common pool resources in many parts of the world. The effects of global warming are particularly well understood in polar regions and areas of the global south. Although Indigenous communities in these regions have experienced significant natural variability in their environments over generations, the threat of climate change is creating new kinds of challenges. Abstracts are welcome that deal with many aspects of the climate change debate including:
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Indigenous peoples have a unique position vis-à-vis resource development. Historically, many Indigenous communities
managed lands and resources as a ‘commons’ however, resource development
activities are changing such social and ecological relations:
whose commons? who benefits and who does not?
risk society and the commons;
power and agency in the governance and management of commonly valued natural resources;
co-management and the tensions between rules and rules in use; conflicts over privatization and the new/old enclosures;
cross scale problems - working across social, cultural and ecological scales to build local and global sustainability.
How resilient is the ‘commons’ to the stresses of the global political economy? Fostering resilience necessitates understanding people and resources as an integrated social-ecological system. The conference invites theoretical discussion on resilience to the stresses and uncertainties of ecological variability change. In addition to understanding the impacts and implications of the loss or degradation of valued resources, there is an equally urgent need to understand socio-economic, cultural and health responses and implications.
The conference is also interested in abstracts that deal with questions of power and governance of the ‘commons’.