December 4, 2006

Nominees for IASC Executive Council

The IASC Nominating Committee is seeking nominees for the 2008 slate for the positions of President-Elect and Executive Councilor.

Nominations for these positions are solicited from the general membership.
Candidates proposed must be members in good standing. The nominating committee will contact proposed candidates for their consent before being placed on the slate of nominees.

Please submit names and contact information for any nominations to or to any member of the nominating committee listed below by January 8, 2007.

Erling Berge, Chair

Doris Capistrano

Leticia Merino

Jeffrey Campbell

Harini Nagendra

November 10, 2006

Job Announcement


Emory University Department of Environmental Studies

The Department of Environmental Studies at Emory University invites applications for the position of Chair of the department. The appointment is at the level of Professor beginning Fall 2007. This position is a unique opportunity to build on the interdisciplinary strengths of the department and engage a faculty who is committed to excellence in both research and teaching that integrates the natural and social sciences in the study of the environment. The applicant should have a demonstrated history of excellence in administrative leadership and a strong record in interdisciplinary research and teaching. Candidates should have a PhD in a relevant discipline such as environmental science, earth and atmospheric sciences, ecology, public health, public policy, urban studies, economics, or other fields that examine sustainability and dynamics of the linked human/ natural systems. The position provides an opportunity to build collaborative research, teaching, and training programs that are consistent with the University’s newly launched Strategic Initiatives ( in state of the art facilities within a unique urban forest setting. For additional information about the department and the chair’s position, plus links to Atlanta and Emory University, please visit the departmental website ( )

Please submit a cover letter, CV, a statement of research interests, experience, and departmental leadership philosophy as well as the names of three references. Materials can be submitted electronically to or mailed to Chair, Search Committee, Department of Environmental Studies, 400 Dowman Drive, Suite E-510, Mathematics and Science Center, Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30322. The review of applications will begin in January, 2007. Emory University is an Equal Opportunity, affirmative Action Employer. Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply for this position.

November 3, 2006


ESEE 2007: Integrating Natural and Social Sciences for Sustainability

UFZ - Centre for Environmental Research in Leipzig, Germany, 5-8 June 2007


** Abstract Submission Deadline: 20 November 2006 * *


The European Society for Ecological Economics (ESEE), in co-operation with the German associations for ecological economics VÖÖ and VÖW, are pleased to invite you to join us in Leipzig, Germany for the 7th biennial international conference of the European Society for Ecological Economics: 5-8 June 2007. [Visit the conference website |]

Keynote speakers will include:

Elinor Ostrom, Malte Faber, Dick Norgaard, Inge Røpke, Clive Spash, and Carl Folke

The conference will explore contemporary scientific approaches for incorporating the concept of Sustainable Development in research and practice, with a particular focus on the bridging of contributions from the natural and social sciences. It will address a broad range of sustainability topics including loss of biodiversity, human vulnerability to global change and water problems on all geographical and institutional levels. The aim of the conference is to contribute to a better understanding of societal and natural processes and their interaction through the integration of different scientific methodologies, in order to overcome shortcomings associated with single- and multi-discipline approaches. Impediments to inter- and trans-disciplinary research will be examined and new research approaches for addressing sustainability questions will be identified.

Registration for ESEE 2007 is now open! [click here to register |]

Deadline for submitting abstract and full paper proposals is 20 November 2006


[click here to submit your abstract or full paper proposal |]

PhD Student and Early Stage Researcher Workshop, 3-5 June 2007, Leipzig

Ahead of the seventh ESEE conference in Leipzig Germany, a special two and a half day workshop will be organized by and for PhD students and Early Stage Researchers. The objectives of this workshop are three fold: (1) strengthen the European Ecological Economics student network (2) expand students’ perspectives on interdisciplinary science and the future of Ecological Economics, (3) provide a forum for students to share experiences and stimulate collaboration. The programme includes lectures by Prof. Richard Norgaard, Dr. Sigrid Stagl and Dr. Martin Drechsler and a field trip in the vicinity of Leipzig. To apply for a place at workshop contact Esteve Corbera [estevecorbera @] – for more information contact Kate Farrell [katharine.farrell @]

FULL DETAILS OF THE ESEE 2007 Call for Papers

Procedures and Options for Submitting Abstract and Full Paper Proposals

(1) Submission Content

(2) Submission Options

(3) Submission Procedures


(1) Submission Content

Submissions that directly explore the challenges and possibilities of inter- and trans- disciplinary research are encouraged and all proposals should address one or more of the conference topics:*

- Biodiversity: conflicts and management - Global, regional and local water problems

- Sustainable use of landscapes - Sustainable cities

- Sustainable management of living systems - Managing contaminated sites

- Technological change for sustainability - Industrial ecology: managing product life cycles and material flows

- Environment and development: growth, globalisation and environmental degradation - Climate change: vulnerability, mitigation and adaptation

* For detailed descriptions of each topic please see:

(2) Submission Options:

• Individual Full Paper, including a short abstract (not more than 800 characters): these papers will be considered for presentation in one of the Core Parallel Sessions of the conference. The Core Sessions will provide longer presentation times and will also include provision for prepared comments by a respondent. Full papers should be no less than 5,000 and no more than 10,000 words.

• Symposium Full or Short Paper, including a short abstract (not more than 800 characters): these papers or long abstracts (not more than 1,200 words) must be associated with a Symposium that has already been accepted by the conference committee. Full Symposium Papers will only be considered for presentation at the conference as part of a specific symposium. The length and management of symposium presentations are the responsibility of the Symposium Co-ordinator.

• Short Paper Abstracts: these abstracts will be considered for presentation during Ordinary Parallel Sessions of the conference. The Ordinary Sessions will provide adequate time for presentation and discussion. Submission of BOTH a long abstract (not more than 1,200 words) AND short abstract (not more than 800 characters) is required.

• Poster Abstracts: these abstracts will be considered for presentation as Posters, which will be displayed in the central hall of the conference venue. In addition, there will be a dedicated poster session held during the conference. Submission of BOTH a long abstract (not more than 1,200 words) AND short abstract (not more than 800 characters) is required.

• Open Space Sessions: in the interest of supporting and encouraging creative engagement with the conference topics and ESEE community, provision will be made for spontaneous Open Space Sessions organised during the conference. Arrangements for these sessions can be made with the conference organisers during the conference. No proposal is required in advance of the conference.

N.B. Presenters are requested to confine themselves to giving TWO oral presentations during the conference at MAXIMUM.

(3) Submission Procedures:

Submission should be made electronically, through the conference webpage at:

In addition to the scientific content, the following information is required for submission:

- Full Names and Institutions for all co-authors;

- Email, Phone and Postal Address for corresponding author;

- Specification of Main Conference Topic addressed;

- Specification of Your Approach as (a) modelling, (b) empirical work, (c) governance and policy research, or (d) philosophical and methodological work.

For more information please see the ESEE 2007 webpage [] or contact the conference Secretariat at


October 27, 2006





Hanoi, Vietnam

SUMMARY DESCRIPTION: The Representative directs the Foundation’s activities in Vietnam, providing overall leadership to the Foundation’s grant-making programs, managing the office in Hanoi, and representing the Foundation to various organizations and to members of the public having an interest in the Foundation’s work. Specifically, the Representative assesses political, social, cultural and economic developments in the region for their implications for the Foundation’s programming and grant-making priorities. He/she supervises and works closely with program staff in developing, monitoring and evaluating grants and projects within the office’s major fields of programmatic concern. The Representative prepares and manages the office’s $11 million grant and management budgets, oversees all legal matters, and supervises local administrative staff. The Representative maintains effective ties with local leaders, governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations and other donors. The Representative also manages a modest grants portfolio of his/her own. The Representative collaborates with the Foundation’s other representatives in Asia in developing region-wide strategies and with program staff from around the world in helping shape various aspects of the Foundation’s work globally.

QUALIFICATIONS: Demonstrated leadership, planning, management and analytical skills; substantial previous leadership experience in Vietnam, expertise in one or more areas of the Foundation’s current program interests; knowledge of the country’s history and culture; and in-depth understanding of development and social change processes. Excellent oral communication skill in English is required, and in Vietnamese is desired. An appropriate graduate degree and familiarity with philanthropy are highly desirable.

Grade: 138

Location: Hanoi, Vietnam

Target Date: Summer 2007

SALARY: is based on experience and on the Foundation’s commitment to internal equity. A generous benefits package is provided.

To apply for the position visit or send full application materials (consisting of substantive cover letter, c.v., and a 5-20 page sole-authored writing sample in English) to Ms. S. Haynes at 320 E. 43rd St., New York, NY 10017, USA, by October 27, 2006.

October 5, 2006

Fellowship Opportunity
University of Gloucestershire

The University of Gloucestershire has been selected to receive two Leverhulme fellows. Details of the expectations, conditions and remuneration can be found on the web address below, but the basis of the scheme is 'To enable one or two post-doctoral academic researchers (normally with no more than eight years post-doctoral experience) to visit the UK university for the purpose of research and collaboration. Visiting Fellows are encouraged to give lectures and seminars and to participate in the intellectual life of the institution.' The fellowship lasts 9 or 10 months and must take place in 2006/7. It pays c £1700 per month, return fares and a spouses allowance. Do please circulate this amongst those who you think may be interested.

The CCRU (see the website in the footer) would welcome interest from appropriately qualified researchers who consider themselves to be eligible. We would expect fellows to be interested in contributing to our work, developing the research culture and to engage in co-working with established staff. Candidates should be able to contribute to seminars and possibly some guest lecturing in the Department of Natural and Social Sciences.

The Challenge of Self-Governance in Complex, Globalizing Economies

Interdisciplinary PhD school with the Ostroms in April 2007

The Institute of Forestry Economics of the Albert-Ludwigs-University and the Walter-Eucken-Institute Freiburg are organising an interdisciplinary PhD school with Elinor and Vincent Ostrom from the 17th to the 26th of April 2007 in Freiburg and are inviting PhD students or other advanced scholars to submit applications. The title of the seminar will
be: The Challenge of Self-Governance in Complex, Globalizing Economies: Responding to Walter Eucken's Challenge.

The school will be organised with some initial lectures, followed by individual paper presentations (presentation and discussion of individual works of participants). Therefore, we strongly invite scientists, who are closely referring to or are applying the works of either Elinor or Vincent Ostrom. The scientific contributions of the Ostroms have been truly interdisciplinary. Therefore, we would also appreciate applications from diverse fields of social sciences (economics, forestry, political science, social anthropology, geography).

We invite students from all over Europe (or beyond). The language of the course will be English. There is no school fee, but travelling and subsistence costs are paid individually. However, a certain number of grants for covering subsistence costs in Freiburg are available.

There will be around 15 participants in the seminar. We invite scholars to apply by the 30th of November 2006. Please send us a letter, which shows the link between your and the Ostroms' work, your CV, an abstract of the paper you would like to discuss in the seminar and the proposal for your PhD, if applicable. For further details about the school (location, time schedule, finances, people, etc.), please see our web site ( For an initial working plan of the lecture part of the course please see ( For questions please contact

September 18, 2006


Dear Colleagues,

As a follow-up of the July 2006 conference in Louvain-la-neuve "Institutions for providing global environmental goods", the RefGov network organizes a second call for paper, hosted as one of the streams of a major International Conference that will take place in Amsterdam
24-26 May 2007.

The Refgov Stream is stream number 7 which is called :

*The Reflexive Governance of Global Public Goods*/, that is, papers on the institutional analysis of participatory decision-making, deliberative policy-making and capacity building in the governance of global public goods, including global biodiversity, climate, health, security and fair trade issues.

The papers of the July 2006 conference and the Amsterdam 2007 conference will be published in one of the 2 publication projects that will be prepared next year : a collective volume at MIT on Environmental Governance and A special issue in a Journal, most probably Ecological Economics ; both on the basis of an independent review process.

The conference website is

All the information on the call is on the conference website. We expect an abstract of no longer than 300 words for the 1st of october. Please do not forget to tick the "refgov" stream in the submission form on the website

For any supplementary information you can contact the organizers or come back to me,

Looking forward to meeting you in Amsterdam


Tom Dedeurwaerdere (
Professor at the Faculty of Philosophy
Director of research at the Centre for the Philosophy of Law (CPDR)
Université catholique de Louvain

September 14, 2006

2007 IASC North American Regional Conference

We would like to invite researchers, students, civil society practitioners, and managers from the public and private sectors with interests in North American public goods, common pool resources, and common property to participate in the IASC 2007 North American Regional Meeting. The meeting is being hosted by Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, Memorial University in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, from July 31 to August 3, 2007.

Deadlines for Abstract Submission:
  • Panels, Workshops, Directed Discussions - February 16, 2007
  • Individual Papers - March 23, 2007
  • Posters - June 22, 2007

Submission of Abstracts:

All abstracts must be submitted electronically in Word, text, or pdf format. Abstracts should be submitted to the Conference Chair, Murray Rudd, via email ( )

For more information, please see the conference announcement at:

September 8, 2006

Call for Papers, AAG 2007, San Francisco, CA

Community Natural Resource Management in Comparative Perspective

Community natural resource management or CNRM has become a prominent approach to restructuring social relations, governance, and resource use practices in a wide variety of local and regional contexts around the world. For many, it has become a mainstay representing a way to navigate the extremes of laissez-faire exploitation on the one hand, and top-down, state-centred resource management on the other. Yet CNRM is not without its critics, many of whom see forms of devolution entirely consistent with neoliberalism, and others who see the transfer of significant power from states to local elites, promising little or no progressive social or environmental outcomes. Despite both widespread and official enthusiasm for CNRM oriented reforms, and the existence of a growing critical literature, there remains considerable room for critically informed, empirical analyses of specific CNRM projects and cases.

One of the pressing needs for research on CNRM is to address particularities in the design, implementation, representation and actual practices characterizing CNRM programs in different geographical and institutional settings at local, regional, national and international scales. One reason for this is simply that what might be generically referred to as CNRM encompasses a wide variety of projects and programs, from small-scale experiments in community scale forest management in British Columbia, Canada to post-Socialist restitutions of communal property regimes in Eastern and Central Europe, and from the resurgence of customary authority across Africa to the re-working of state-society relations in the context of political reforms in Indonesia and Mexico and the creation of co-management regimes in India.

This collection of papers is aimed at bringing into conversation critical, theoretically informed analyses of specific instantiations of CNRM that can attend to their specificities, and at the same time analyze and contextualize them in contributing to an understanding of how and why particular programs have been designed and implemented, how and why differences between programs matter, and how these particular programs articulate with the now familiar discursive tropes of CNRM. In this context, key questions include the ostensibly simple issue of exactly how the notion of “community” is translated and enacted in actual practice (i.e. who are the individual and group actors prominent in these programs and how do they relate to one another?). What specific sets of property rights and obligations attend the development of CNRM, and why? What are the implications of CNRM for governance, and for the development and reform of resource use practices? Also, what regional, national, and international political economic and discursive conditions explain the emergence and shaped the design of particular programs and projects. How is evidence about the social, economic, and ecological outcomes of CNRM being mobilized in support of or opposition to them?

We welcome contributions from a variety of disciplinary and geographical origins and from scholars interested in building an international, substantive, and critically informed basis of understanding and comparing cases of CNRM in action. Please convey expressions of interest, questions, and abstracts to one or both organizers.

Organizers: Scott Prudham, Department of Geography and Centre for Environment, University of Toronto (; Thomas Sikor, Junior Research Group on Postsocialist Land Relations, Humboldt University, Berlin (

August 29, 2006


The WorldFish Center is undertaking a global search for a talented researcher and leader to join our growing team in the Greater Mekong regional office, based in Cambodia. Perhaps you know someone with the right combination of skills and interests: practical experience addressing questions of policy and institutional development in natural resources management, with a proven ability to communicate and collaborate with a range of government and civil society partners, backed by a solid record of publications as an analyst. And a passion to make a difference. While experience in fisheries and aquatic resources is certainly an advantage, it is not a requirement.

See full details on the posted position announcement .

Closing date for applications 30 September 2006

August 14, 2006

Job Posting - University of Amsterdam

The Department of Geography, Planning and International Development Studies has a vacancy for a

Researcher (Post-doc) Geography and/or Planning

full-time (1,0 fte)

for co-ordination and development of a new research theme “Geographies of Coastal Lowlands”.

Coastal regions all around the world constitute the location of economic and demographic development. Simultaneously they are vulnerable to environmental degradation and the future consequences of climate change. This research theme aims to promote the resilience of coastal lowland societies and takes a governance perspective. Multiple-use conflicts, water-related issues, and North-South comparisons are key topics.

The research theme “Geographies of Coastal Lowlands” builds upon expertise available within the department with regard to the history of water management as well as coastal and marine affairs.


  • To make an inventory of scientific developments in the field of coastal lowlands in the Netherlands and Europe, and to identify appropriate niches.
  • To explore options for funding projects that establish a research programme.
  • To elaborate, in cooperation with senior researchers, selected concepts and topics and prepare a review publication.
  • To explore and elaborate application of spatial information and analysis techniques (e.g. GIS) in governance issues concerning coastal lowlands.
  • To coordinate the formulation of a research proposal(s) on these topics.
  • To organize (including the acquisition of funding) of an international workshop on the proposed programme.
  • To explore possibilities of input from the programme to education in Human Geography, Planning and International Development Studies
  • To contribute to the department’s teaching programme in the studies of environment, governance, and international development studies (bachelor and master-level).


  • Knowledge and experience within two or more of the topics of our preliminary focus is required. These concern the exploration of the following concepts and sub-themes:
    - governance of water related issues, in particular water and space;
    - resilience, in particular social resilience;
    - issues of application of spatial information techniques within the sub-themes;
    - the elaboration of the connection between the North and South regarding these sub-themes.
  • PhD in relevant social and/or environmental science
  • Team worker (organization and communication skills)
  • Affinity with the research theme
  • Affinity with spatial information techniques
  • Fluent English (oral and written), with skills to teach in English
  • Experience in writing research proposals will be considered to be an advantage.


A short programme description is available.

For further information, please contact:

Prof. dr Guus J Borger, (+31 20 5254092;

(after 20th august) Dr. Maarten Wolsink (+31 20 5256229;

(till 3 August) Dr. Karin Pfeffer (+31 20 5254003;


This is a full-time appointment (1.0 fte, 38 h/w, optionally an arrangement of 0.8 is possible) initially for a period of one year. Subject to generated financial support for new research, the appointment can be extended. The salary is depending upon qualifications and experience (0-4 years after PhD).


The official call for written applications will be published and sent to you personally on request. Our schedule aims at an official reaction period that ends on September 15, 2006.

July 29, 2006

Call for Articles
LEISA : Magazine on Low External Input & Sustainable Agriculture
Issue 22/4 December 2006:
Making the most of ecological processes
Deadline for submission of articles: 1 September 2006

Trying to develop sustainable agriculture which builds on ecological processes is an ongoing challenge. Though some of the basic ecological principles are well known (for example, nutrient cycles or nitrogen fixation), we know very little about how these processes work in detail and about how the different ecological processes interact with each other. Most of the knowledge about ecological agriculture therefore builds on practical experiences and trial and error – or success. Examples where farmers are managing ecological processes include intercropping, plant density and arrangement, use of shade, and seed treatment. The system of rice intensification (SRI) is one example of an integrated ecological approach that has been very successful in increasing rice yields of small scale farmers while reducing the need for commercial inputs and saving on natural resources like water (see also earlier articles on LEISA Magazine, volumes 15.3, 15.4 and 18.3). First described in the early 1990s, this approach is now spreading all over the world, mostly through inform exchanges. Farmers try it out in different contexts and with different levels of input and management. But how are these experiences developed? How have farmers and communities reacted to this rather revolutionary approach? When has it been successful and when hasn’t it? What adaptations have been made to the system? Could a similar approach be used for other crops?

July 21, 2006

IHDP Endorsed: Call for Papers
'Earth System Governance: Theories and Strategies for Sustainability'
2007 Amsterdam Conference on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, 24-26 May 2007

June 7, 2006


The forty-sixth annual meeting of the Western Regional Science Association will be held in Newport Beach, California at the Hyatt-Regency Newport Beach. The conference will begin on Wednesday afternoon February 21 with a special Opening Session and Reception. Paper sessions will be scheduled Thursday through Saturday, February 22-24, 2007.

For information, see

May 18, 2006

IASCP Discussion Forum

As part of the redesign of the IASCP website, we have implemented an online message board for IASCP members. Registration is free, and after registering members may discuss IASCP conferences, new publications, commons research, or any other topic related to the study of the commons. This would be an excellent forum for authors to post information about new and upcoming publications. The forum may be accessed by clicking on the Discussion Forum link in the navigation bar on the left of this page.

May 12, 2006

Call for Papers/Abstracts/Submissions
5th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities January 12 - 15, 2007 Renaissance Ilikai Waikiki Hotel, Honolulu Hawaii, USA
- Submission Deadline: August 23, 2006

Sponsored by:
Asia-Pacific Research Institute of Peking University University of Louisville - Center for Sustainable Urban Neighborhoods

Web address:
Email address:

The 5th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities will be held from January 12 (Friday) to January 15 (Monday), 2007 at the Renaissance Ilikai Waikiki Hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii. The conference will provide many opportunities for academicians and professionals from arts and humanities related fields to interact with members inside and outside their own particular disciplines. Cross-disciplinary submissions with other fields are welcome. Performing artists (live dance, theater, and music) interested in displaying their talents will be accommodated whenever possible.

May 11, 2006

Call for Outline Proposals
Funding initiative for multidisciplinary research - TECT: The Evolution of Cooperation and Trading - DEADLINE Thursday 8 June

Following agreement with funding bodies in Austria, the Czech Republic, Finland, France (CNRS, IRD), Germany (MPIs) , Hungary (OTKA), Iceland, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States (NSF), the European Science Foundation is launching a first Call for Outline Proposals for collaborative research projects (CRPs) to be undertaken within the EUROCORES program “TECT”.

The Programme will run for three to four years (2007-2010/11), depending on regulations of the participating funding bodies. It includes national research funding, as well as support for networking and dissemination activities currently provided by the ESF. The Programme aims to support high quality multidisciplinary research.

More information is available here

April 10, 2006

New Publications:
  1. Managing the Commons, IASCP 2004 Post-Conference Publications, edited by L. Merino and J. Robson.
  2. Water Rights Reform: Lessons for Institutional Design edited by B. Bruns, C. Ringler, and R. Meinzen-Dick.
  3. Renegotiating the Commons by Graham Marshall.
  4. The book of abstracts from the 10th Biennial IASCP Conference in Oaxaca Mexico is available for purchase. Contact Michelle Curtain at for ordering information.

Positions Available:

  1. University of Victoria, Chair in Culture & Ecosystems at Risk

Other Announcements:

  1. Ecology & Society Award, Deadline July 2006