2021 IASC Land Commons Virtual Conference

Monday, September 13, 2021 (All day) to Friday, September 17, 2021 (All day)
Online, Arizona State University (UTC-7)

As one of a series of virtual conferences organized by the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC), this virtual conference aims to broaden a dialogue between traditional commons scholars, practitioners and researchers from the IASC and related global change research communities, regional research networks and organizations working with Indigenous Peoples and local communities. These include but are not limited to the Global Land Programme, the Political Ecology Network (POLLEN), and others.

Aim & Scope

This conference aims to bring together scholars and practitioners on land as a commons. We will cover traditional land commons topics such as pastoralism, governance of land, land degradation, land rights and conflicts as well as how to conceptualize and analyze the multi-scalar nature of commons such as biodiversity, agrobiodiversity, ecosystem services/nature’s contributions to people (NCP), among others. The week will be shared with a second virtual conference on forests, given the interconnection of the two topics.


  1. Food Systems, Land Use and Land Use Change
  2. Biodiversity Conservation, Ecosystem Services and Nature’s Contributions to People
  3. Land Degradation
  4. Land Governance, Institutions, Rights and Conflicts
  5. Pastoralism
  6. Land, Politics, Territory and Reclaiming the Commons