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 (