Policy seminar & conference

Washington, D.C.
October 4–6, 2018

October 4 (12:15–1:45pm):

Policy Seminar at IFPRI
(International Food Policy Research Institute)

This policy seminar officially launched World Commons Week with a discussion recent developments in research and policy on the commons, with particular attention to tenure and governance factors. Following an overview of issues related to the commons, the seminar presented results of an international review of tenure security of land-based commons, particularly forests and rangelands held by communities and indigenous peoples, and evidence of how tenure on the commons can affect investment in the resources by community members and outsiders. This was followed by a discussion of the factors affecting countries’ adoption of policies related to the commons, as well as implications for the future.


1201 Eye St. NW
12th Floor
Conference Center
Washington, DC 20005


Ruth Meinzen-Dick, Senior Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute


John Powell, Senior Research Fellow, Countryside and Community Research Institute, University of Gloucestershire and President, International association for the Study of the Commons (IASC)

Peter Veit, Director, Land and Resource Rights Initiative, World Resources Institute (WRI)

Iliana Monterroso, Consultant, International Forestry Center (CIFOR)


Thea Hilhorst, Senior Land Governance Specialist, Development Research Group, World Bank


"Celebrating Commons Scholarship" Conference at Georgetown University

October 5–6:

This conference drew on the expertise of scholars across disciplines, from within and beyond Georgetown University, to illustrate the breadth and richness of commons scholarly inquiry.


Highlight: Practitioner’s lab (October 6th)

On the second day of the conference, there was a practitioner’s lab co-led by Amanda Huron, associate professor at the University of the District of Columbia and author of the new book, “Carving out the Commons: Tenant Organizing and Housing Cooperatives in Washington D.C.”, and Paula Segal, senior staff attorney in the Equitable Neighborhoods Practice at the Community Development Project in New York City. The lab focused on housing through the lens of the urban commons, with a particular focus on community land trusts.