IASC Conference 2008


Governing shared resources:
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Location of the conference

The conference is hosted by the University of Gloucestershire located in Cheltenham, EnglandCheltenham is an old spa town that developed during the late 18th and early 19th centuries, and has a fine range of Regency architecture.  It also has good road and rail links with major airports at Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, and London, (only two hours from Heathrow) and a range of hotel, B+B and student accommodation.  The town is an excellent centre from which to explore commons issues ranging from ancient grazing, fisheries and forest commons to new commons of knowledge, landscape, and urban space.


Cheltenham is on the edge of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and well placed for field trips to visit old and new commons.  Field trips will be organised to build on the six thematic strands of the conference. 


University of Gloucestershire

IASC2008 is being organized by the Countryside and Community Research Institute, a recently formed organization which unites the University of Gloucestershire, the University of the West of England and Hartpury College.

The CCRI will build on existing expertise in all three institutions, strengthening regional partnerships. It aims to have a clear client-led focus in the conduct of applied research, postgraduate education, continuing professional training, knowledge exchange and consultancy.

For the latest CCRI news go to http://www.glos.ac.uk/faculties/ccri/news/latest.cfm

The event will take place at the Park Campus of the University of Gloucestershire.  For more details see: http://www.glos.ac.uk/choose/campuses/park.cfm



Cheltenham has an atmosphere and culture all of its own with a vibrant and attractive town centre offering:

  • Over 35 restaurants, 25 coffee shops and 85 pubs and clubs in the town centre alone
  • A wealth of eating places to suit all pockets and tastes, from fine dining and international cuisine to cafes and classic pubs.

Known as the Garden Town of England, Cheltenham’s parks and gardens have been recognised as some of the best in the country:

  • The Imperial Gardens, one of Cheltenham’s beautiful parks, is a popular place to relax in the summer
  • Elegant Regency architecture throughout the town.

Cheltenham has an international reputation for being a major festival and event town and is an important focus for culture and tourism:

  • Festivals of Jazz, Literature, Music, Science, Folk and Cricket.  The Music festival runs the week before the IASC conference.

Cheltenham also offers a wide range of opportunities to experience sports, arts and other cultural and leisure interests including:

  • Ten pin bowling
  • Eleven screen cinema complex with restaurants and bars
  • Leisure and recreation centre
  • Sandford Park Lido, the town’s open air swimming pool
  • Art Gallery and Museum
  • The Everyman Theatre, which offers a wide variety of live entertainment, including drama, comedy, dance, classics and touring West End productions
  • The Playhouse theatre is the venue for Cheltenham’s amateur companies
  • The Bacon Theatre, Cheltenham’s youngest venue, presenting many professional shows throughout the year including live music, drama, comedy and ballet.

To find out more about Cheltenham see www.visitcheltenham.info.



The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds is one of the most beautiful areas of England, known and loved by people across the world. It is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty: an area of warmth and clarity with stone walls and buildings, open skies, rolling grasslands, beech woods and captivating villages, which make it an outstanding English landscape - a landscape once experienced, never forgotten.

The Cotswolds is world famous for the special beauty and distinctiveness of its towns, villages and landscape.  It is one of the most wonderful places in England to explore with something for everyone to enjoy: there are charming villages and historic market towns, impressive churches and imposing manor houses, rolling countryside and glorious gardens and arboreta.

For more information visit: http://www.cotswoldsaonb.com

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