35Created by MRKfrom the Noun Project
35Created by MRKfrom the Noun Project
35Created by MRKfrom the Noun Project
Commoning in the face of tipping points, transitions and deep uncertainty
Conceptualizing global commons and building capacity for multi-level governance
Methods to study the dynamics of commoning in the Anthropocene
Commons-based alternatives to the Capitalocene


April 21 - 23, 2021






January 2, 2021

February 26, 2021

March 12, 2021

April 9, 2021

Add to Calendar 04/21/2021 08:00 AM 04/23/2021 05:00 PM America/Phoenix IASC 2021 Commoning the Anthropocene Virtual Conference Online, Worldwide


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Welcome to the

IASC 2021 Commoning the Anthropocene Virtual Conference

Aim & Scope

We are pleased to announce our call for individual presentations, special sessions, webinar panel discussions, and methods workshops. This conference aims to bring together scholars and practitioners interested in the role that the exercise of common property systems to land use and other shared resources (commoning) will play in the Anthropocene. We will cover topics such as conceptualizing commons across multiple scales, commoning in a telecoupled (or hyper-connected) world with tipping points and deep uncertainty, new forms, and trends in global commoning, interdisciplinary methods to study new emerging commons spaces, scaling up commoning in practice, and much more.



This track seeks to explore the connection between collective action and biophysical contexts which exhibit tipping points, the potential for regime shifts, and deep uncertainty. Successful collective action is very sensitive to context and this track will explore this connection for these defining characteristics of the Anthropocene.

This track seeks to explore conceptualizations of global commons that move beyond those used today that are almost entirely geopolitical (particularly in intergovernmental circles), usually restricted to ‘things’ outside national jurisdiction. How do we build capacity around these new conceptualizations?

This track focuses on exploring more complex approaches to conflicts that also acknowledge the productive and transformative power of conflicts.

This track focuses on methods to study the creation, evolution, and dissolution of commons in the Anthropocene. Areas of interest include digital platforms that enable the creation of new social commons and commons spaces and how heterogeneities and asymmetries in these commons impact social and human relationships.

This track seeks contributions from scholars interested in the commons as a challenge to enclosures and the control of environmental governance by the logic of markets and business-like solutions.



Presentations are prerecorded talks of 10 minutes. Presentations of similar topics will be grouped in sessions and participate in a dedicated webinar discussion. We allow for presentations in Spanish, French or Mandarin, besides English.  The audience will be able to access the videos with subtitles and interact with presenters asynchronously on the comment section of the presentation as well as live on the dedicated session’s webinar. These interactions will be in English only.

A special session consists of at least four individual presentations (pre-recorded 10 minute videos). Participants interact asynchronously with the presenter in the comment section of individual presentations as well as live during a dedicated special session webinar panel.

The focus of a webinar is debate. Panelists may make short statements after which there is a moderated discussion during which questions from the audience are addressed. The duration of the webinar is 1 hour.

A methods workshop provides training on a specific approach for collecting or analyzing data relevant to the study of water commons. Workshops typically last between 2 and 4 hours.


Online Conference

No hassle, costs, or carbon emissions from traveling. Attend the entire conference safely from home.


Three Days

Three days packed with prerecorded sessions and live events.


Meetup and Network

Interact with your peers during networking events.


Important Dates

February 26, 2021

Deadline for abstract submission

February 26, 2021
March 12, 2021

Notification on acceptance/rejection

March 12, 2021
April 9, 2021

Deadline for pre-recorded video submission

April 9, 2021
April 21-23, 2021

Event dates

April 21-23, 2021



This virtual conference is accessible for small fees to cover the costs of the implementation of the meetings. All presenters will have to be or become IASC members. IASC members pay 10 dollars to attend the virtual conference live. All conference material will be available to IASC members after the conference. If you are not an IASC member, you can easily register here. Non-IASC members can attend the conference for a fee of 50 dollars. Dependent on sponsoring, waivers are available for early-career scholars and practitioners from the global south.
IASC Members
$ 10
$ 50

Meet The Organizers


Marty Anderies

Professor, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA

Steering Committee

Graham Epstein

Postdoctoral Research Associate, School of Politics, Security and International Affairs, University of Central Florida, USA

Beril Ocaklı

Research Fellow at IRI THESys - Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany, and IASC Early Career Network Representative

Eduardo Sonnewend Brondizio

Department of Anthropology and Center for the Analysis of Social-Ecological Landscapes (CASEL), Indiana University-Bloomington, USA

Jean-Denis Mathias

Research director in the complex systems lab (LISC) at the National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and the Environment (INRAE), France

Sergio Villamayor-Tomás

Ramón y Cajal Research Fellow, Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA-UAB), Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain

Anne-Sophie Crépin

The Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University

Therese Lindahl

Researcher at Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden

Arun Agrawal

Samuel Trask Dana Professor, School for Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan, USA

Caroline Schill

Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University, Sweden


Event Sponsor

Become a


We are seeking sponsors to cover the costs of organizing the conference and fund IASC memberships for students and colleagues in the global south. We consider the following level of Sponsorships:

Platinum Sponsor: $5,000

Gold Sponsor: $2,000

Silver Sponsor: $1,000

Bronze sponsor: $120, which covers a membership for one participant for four years.

Platinum, Gold, and Silver sponsors will have their logo on the conference website, the size depending on the level of Sponsorship. If you have inquiries about sponsorships, please contact

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