13 July 2020
8:00 AM UTC/GMT+00:00

27 July 2020
5:00 PM UTC 0

Online Worldwide

Total Spaces

Abstract Submissions

Deadline June 1st, 2020

Video Submissions

Deadline July 1st, 2020


Free of charge


Aim & Scope

The web conference aims 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.

Keynote Speakers

François Deckon

University of Lomé

Barbara van Koppen

International Water Management Institute
South Africa

Important Dates

June 1, 2020, deadline for submission of abstracts.

July 1, 2020, deadline for submission video

July 13-27, 2020, conference

Preliminary Agenda for Live Events

July 13, 3 pm – 4 pm GMT: Webinar panel: Africa, Covid-19 and the commons (check your time)

July 15, 3 pm – 4 pm GMT: Networking event (English) (check your time)

July 17, 3 pm – 4 pm GMT: Webinar panel (check your time)

July 20, 3 pm – 4 pm GMT: Webinar panel sponsored by AGENCE FRANÇAISE DE DÉVELOPPEMENT (check your time)

July 22, 3 pm – 4 pm GMT: Networking event (French) (check your time )

July 24, 3 pm – 4 pm GMT: Webinar panel (check your time)

July 27, 3 pm – 4 pm GMT: Closing Webinar Panel — “How to get published on African Commons” with Arun Agrawal, Editor-in-Chief World Development , Marco Janssen, Editor-in-Chief Ecology & Society, and Michael Schoon, Editor-in Chief International Journal of the Commons. (check your time)


The conference is free to attend, but we appreciate contributions to the Esther Mwangi Memorial Scholarship Fund. All presenters and attendees interested in participating in the discussion posting questions and comments have to be members of the IASC. If you are not an IASC member, you can easily register here.

We are seeking sponsors to cover the costs of organizing the conference and funding of IASC memberships for our African colleagues. We consider the following level of Sponsorships:

Platinum Sponsor: $2,500.
Gold Sponsor: $1,000.
Silver Sponsor: $500.
Bronze Sponsor: $120, which covers 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


The conference is organized by the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC), and the chairs are Everisto Mapedza , Marco Janssen, and Koffi Alinon.


The reason for organizing a web conference is to provide a low cost and low carbon footprint opportunity to interact with other IASC members – with no costs for flying around the world, accommodations, or getting a visa.

We realize that a web conference will not provide the same experience as an in-person conference. However, we expect that this still leads to a lively interaction between the participants. As such, we hope to have more participation by people who otherwise cannot come to in-person conferences.


During the conference, July 13-27, 2020, presentations will be freely available for viewing by everyone on the conference website. We are asking participants, however, to consider donating to the Esther Mwangi Memorial Scholarship Fund in supports of commons scholars in Africa, for example, to present their work at the biennial global IASC meetings. 

Q&A will also take place online during these two weeks. An IASC membership is required to post questions to speakers via online comments, and speakers will be able to reply in the same way. Membership is required when speakers submit their videos by July 1, 2020. We try to get as much sponsorship as possible to waive membership fees and offer free memberships for African participants.


Instead of traveling to a meeting to participate in panels and deliver a talk, you create a video of your presentation with a maximum length of 10 minutes. You can record your video with a desktop computer, laptop, smartphone, or other devices. You can film yourself giving a talk or have a narrated slide show. You may also pursue a more ambitious edited video that combines you talking in your office, or the field, and slides and animations. It is now possible, and relatively easy, to record a talk of good quality giving the increase of relevant software availability.


There is no registration fee. You can register here and stay informed about the conference news.


To attend this conference follow the link that will be available on this page or on the email we will send to you.