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IASC Conference 2008

July 14-18, 2008


Governing shared resources: connecting local experience to global challenges

 The 12th Biennial Conference
of the
International Association for the Study of Commons


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The IASC 2008 global conference will take place in Cheltenham, England from July 14 to July 18, 2008. The conference will be hosted by the University of Gloucestershire , with logistical support to be provided by the University's Countryside and Community Research Institute (CCRI).

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Cheltenham is located in the county of Gloucestershire, at the edge of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The area is known for its scenic landscape, the integration of built and natural environments, cultural attractions, and historic architecture. For more information about Cheltenham, visit the Cheltenham Borough website .

The emphasis of the conference is the exchange of knowledge on shared resources or ‘commons’: between developing and developed world, between practitioners and researchers, and between old and ‘new’ commons.  The overarching theme of governing shared resources aims to encourage discussion on new ways of using, managing, protecting and creating what many understand as ‘commons’.  The themes recognise the wide variety of understanding over the term ‘commons’ and the need to link practical experience at the local level with larger global commons issues. 

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Press Release for IASC 2008 Conference

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Organising Committee for IASC 2008 Conference

The conference will be co-chaired by: 

Dr. John Powell, Senior Research Fellow, Countryside and Community Research Institute, University of Gloucestershire

Mr. Chris Short, Senior Research Fellow, Countryside and Community Research Institute, and Senior Lecturer, Department of Natural and Social Sciences, University of Gloucestershire

Conference Overview document

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Conference Programmme

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