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April 16, 2020

Polycentric Circles
The Ostrom Workshop Bi-Weekly Newsletter
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From Our Director

Greetings from the Ostrom Workshop, and Happy Easter/Passover/Spring!

In these challenging times much is in flux, but I know I speak for all of us when I thank our wonderful staff – who are really the lifeblood of our community, both at 513 Park Ave and now in cyberspace – for still making it possible for us to virtually host events and make progress on a number of fronts despite the pandemic, and recent power failures in and around Bloomington. Among other things, and again thanks in no small part to their efforts, I’m happy to report that the Workshop is the co-recipient of a new approximately $100k funding stream from the Canadian Academy of Social Sciences on applying insights from polycentric governance to mitigating the threat of orbital debris.

We’re also hosting a two-part virtual Cyber Peace Colloquium this Friday, Apr. 17 continuing next Friday, Apr. 24 in which scholars from across numerous disciplines – and from around the world – will be discussing their draft papers, which will form an edited volume focused on prompting peace and security in cyberspace in part by fostering effective, nested multi-stakeholder governance structures. All are welcome to attend, and participate, in these discussions; an agenda will be available online.

In short, we’re adapting the best we can, just as I’m sure all of you are. Doubtless, there will be more challenges ahead, but that’s nothing new in the nearly 50-year history of the Workshop. We’ll overcome them together. In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to reach out with any requests, ideas, or just to get the details for the next virtual cocktail party!

Ostrom 2020-21 Fellowships and Research Awards Announced
We are proud to announce the following students have been awarded Ostrom Fellowships or Research Awards for the upcoming academic year.


  • Sacha Sinai (Department of Geography)
  • Daniel Muck - Devault Ostrom Fellowship (Department of Political Science)
  • Jordan Lynton - fall (Department of Anthropology)
  • Dafna Rachok - spring (Department of Anthropology)
  • Jaime Carini (Jacobs School of Music)
  • Renzo de la Riva Aguero - SPEA Ostrom Fellowship (O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs)
  • Hilda Hadan - Luddy Ostrom Fellowship (Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering)
  • Research Awards

  • Tonya Dodez (Department of Political Science)
  • Zhengyan (Ian) Li (O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affiars)
  • Jorge Rios Allier (Department of Anthropology)
  • Salih Yasun (Department of Political Science)
  • Upcoming Events
    Cyber Peace Colloquium
    April 17 & 24, 9:00 AM - 12:15 PM EST ONLINE VIRTUAL PRESENTATION - For agenda and Zoom link see our website.
    Colloquium Series
    April 20 ONLINE VIRTUAL PRESENTATION - David Stadelmann, Department of Business, Economics, & Law, University of Bayreuth "Certified Coronavirus Immunity as a Resource and Strategy to Cope with Pandemic Costs". For further details visit our website
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    Working Groups
    For many years, the Workshop has facilitated the extablishment of self-organized working groups. Topics covered vary from year to year. Most groups are mechanisms enabling people who share common interests to discuss their current research and benefit from each other's commentary and criticism. For more information on working groups and to view current working groups, please visit our website.
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