IASC 2020 Web Conference on African Commons – Call for paper

du 13/07/2020 au 27/07/2020

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, Togo and 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 Marco.Janssen@asu.edu.