Join big brains on the
commons

Bringing together researchers, practitioners, and policymakers on the governance of shared resources in Africa
Improving governance and management of shared resources in Africa
Creating sustainable solutions for commons, common-pool resources, or any other form of shared resources

Explore the promise of the commons

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WHEN

July 13 - 27, 2020

WHERE

Online

SOCIAL

#AfricanCommons

Welcome

IASC 2020 Web Conference on African Commons

Video Tutorial on how to attend this conference

We aim to bring together researchers, practitioners, and policymakers on the governance of shared resources in Africa. A web conference is more inclusive, has lower costs, and a smaller carbon footprint than traditional meetings. With this web conference, we hope to get broad exposure to the research done in Africa by African scholars and scholars abroad. The discourse during the conference seeks to improve governance and management of shared resources and create sustainable solutions for commons, common-pool resources, or any other form of shared resources.

In a world dominated by multiple crises, from pandemics and climate change to economic depression and political polarization, it is essential to keep a constructive fact-based conversation going. This conference provides a platform for scholars and practitioners to discuss the future of African commons.

Presentations and panels are in English or French. The conference is spread out over a 2-week period providing enough time to engage with prerecorded videos and participate in selected live streaming events.

The conference is free to attend, but if you want to give a presentation or comment on presentations you need to be an IASC member. Limited resources are available to sponsor memberships of African participants who give presentations. We also appreciate contributions to the Esther Mwangi memorial scholarship fund to support African scholars on their actionable research on the commons.

Online Conference

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

Two Weeks

Watch video presentations and comment at your pace. Seven live events spread over the 2-week period.

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Meetup and Network

Interact with your peers during networking events (English and French). 

Meet some of OUR

Speakers, Discussants,
and Organizers

Kuassi Deckon

Professor at the University of Lomé, Togo, and an expert in higher education and business law

Keynote Speaker

Barbara van Koppen

Principal Researcher at the International Water Management Institute in South Africa

Keynote Speaker

Dimuna Phiri Simpaya

Researcher and Master of Laws in Jurisprudence candidate, Medici Land Governance, Zambia

Webinar Panel

Cyriaque Hakizimana

Researcher and PhD candidate, Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) at the University of Western Cape

Webinar Panel

Issa Shivji

Retired Professor of Public Law, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Webinar Panel

Kojo Amanor

Professor of Anthropology at the Institute for African Studies at the University of Ghana, Legon

Webinar Panel

James Murombedzi

United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)

Webinar Panel

Jesse Ribot

Professor School of International Service at American University

Webinar Panel

Stéphanie Leyronas

Research Director, Commons Program, French Development Agency (France)

Webinar Panel

Arun Agrawal

Editor-in-Chief of World Development

Webinar Panel

Natacha Bruna

Researcher and Ph.D. Candidate, International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam (The Netherlands)

Webinar Panel

Faustina Obeng Adomaa

Researcher and Ph.D. Candidate, Wageningen University & Research (The Netherlands)

Webinar Panel

Emeline Baudet

Researcher, French Development Agency (France)

Webinar Panel

Koffi Alinon

Researcher, Center for International Cooperation in Agricultural Research for Development (CIRAD)

Organizer

Fortunee Bayisenge

Lecturer, researcher, and Dean of the Faculty of Development Studies at The Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences (PIASS), Butare, Rwanda

Webinar Panel

Moenieba Isaacs

Professor with the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) at the University of Western Cape

Webinar Panel

Mafinso Hara

Professor at the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) at the University of Western Cape

Webinar Panel

Stephane Baudé

Project Director, Nomadéis (France)

Webinar Panel

Ruth Hall

Professor at the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) at the University of Western Cape

Webinar Panel

Menelisi Falayi

PhD. Candidate, Rhodes University, South Africa

Webinar Panel

Sigrid Aubert

Law researcher, Center for International Cooperation in Agricultural Research for Development (CIRAD) France

Panéliste Webinaire

Michael Schoon

Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of the Commons (USA)

Webinar Panel

Marco Janssen

IASC President, Editor-in-Chief of Ecology & Society

Organizer and Webinar Panel

Dzodzi Tsikata

Professor at the Institute of Statistical Social and Economic Research at the University of Ghana

Webinar Panel

Everisto Mapedza

Senior researcher / social and institutional scientist, International Water Management Institute (Ghana)

Organizer

Our

Event Sponsor

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