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January 30, 2020

Polycentric Circles
The Ostrom Workshop Bi-Weekly Newsletter
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From Our Director
Greetings! It’s a busy week at the Workshop with the re-launch of the Workshop Advisory Council (WAC), which will contribute to good governance by being a voice for different community stakeholders (internal and external) and helping to develop cohesive strategy for the (increasingly polycentric) structure and research of the Workshop. We’re also thrilled to launch the 2020 Colloquium series with Philip Keefer from the Inter-American Development Bank, host Bruce Schneier from the Harvard Kennedy School to give the Ostrom Memorial Lecture on Internet Governance on Thursday at the Indiana Memorial Union, and co-host a special panel celebrating and reflecting on Lin’s contributions to the social sciences and in particular her role as a mentor and inspiration to the next generation of scholars. We hope to see you at one or more of these events, and as always please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions, comments, or suggestions!

Check out the members of the newly formed WAC on our website.

In the News
Aurelian Craiutu awarded NEH Grant
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced $30.9 million in grants to support 188 humanities projects in 45 states and the District of Columbia. Of the awardees, four were from Indiana with one being our very own affiliate, Aurelian Craiutu. This grant will support his project, "Moderation and the Rise of Democracy in France, 1830-1900." The $60,000 grant will fund research and writing leading to an interdisciplinary history of traditions of political moderation and their connection to democracy in France from 1830 to 1900. Press release.

In the News
Workshoppers Participate in 5th CWINS Conference at Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China
The 5th CWINS Conference took place at Zhejiang University from November 2nd to 3rd and focused on “Reforming natural resource property regimes in the quest for Ecological Civilization”. The conference included talks and presentations by Scott Shackelford, director of the Ostrom Workshop from Indiana University Bloomington.

Christian Kimmich, former Workshop visiting scholar, presented his political economy research on “The ecology of games and networks of action situations for sustainability transformations”, with some references to Ecological Civilization, including recent research findings and policy conclusions from MEDEAS . Link to news release

In the Face of a Looming Climate Crisis, The Late Elinor Ostrom Gives Me Hope. An opinion piece by visiting scholar Erik Nordman and co-writer Jason Reblando.
By proving that humans can sustainably manage shared resources, this Nobel Prize-winning economist's work shines light on a path that just might get us out of this mess. Link to full article.
Recent Publications
Note: Thank you for all the publication notifications received for this newsletter. Due to space limitations, if you don't see your submission, look for it in upcoming issues of Polycentric Circles
Seth Frey, P.M. Krafft, Brian C. Keegan. 2019. "This Place Does What It Was Built For": Designing Digital Institutions for Participatory Change. Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction. November 2019: Article No.: 32
Hilton L. Root, Network Origins of the Global Economy: East vs. West in a Complex Systems Perspective April, 2020, Cambridge University Press.
David Soto-Oñate, Unreported Landings Across the EU Exclusive Economic Zones: The Role of Regional Governance and Social Capital. Marine Policy. 111(2), January 2020.
Michael Mattioli recently-published book chapter, "Empirical Studies of Patent Pools" Edward Elgar, 2019. (eds. Ben Depoorter, Peter Menell, and David Schwartz)
Upcoming Events
Colloquium Series
Spring 2020 Colloquium Series Kicked Off on January 27
(Colloquiums are held each Monday from 12-1:00 at the Ostrom Workshop). For details see our

Research Series
Spring 2020 Research Series Kicks Off on February 5
(Research Series is held most Wednesdays from 12-1:00 at the Ostrom Workshop). For details see our

Cybersecurity and Internet Governance
The Ostrom Lecture on Cybersecurity and Internet Governance will be presented by Bruce Schneier, internationally renowned security technologist. Cohosted with IU's Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research.
(Thursday, January 30, 2020. 1-2:30pm Whittenberger Auditorium, IMU.)

Tocqueville Lecture Series
Elinor Ostrom as an Inspiration and Mentor to Women Scholars.
(Friday, January 31, 2020.) For details check our

Ostrom Lecture on Environmental Policy
The Fourth Annual Ostrom Lecture on Environmental Policy will be presented by Peter Kareiva, Director, Institute of the Environment & Sustainability, UCLA.
(Monday, April 15, 2020. Location and time TBD)
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Research Awards
The Ostrom Workshop invites applications to the Ostrom Research Awards. Each year, the Ostrom workshop provides Research Awards to IU Graduate Students with diverse backgrounds and research interests. The purpose of these awards is to help graduate students aim at significantly improving their dissertations or theses. Application Deadline: February 10, 2020 link

Ostrom Fellowships
Funding is available for a limited number of fellowships for incoming or currently enrolled graduate students working in areas that relate to the intellectual mission of the Workshop. Students are nominated by their director of graduate studies and evaluated by an interdisciplinary committee of Workshop Affiliates. Nomination Deadline: February 21, 2020. link

Visiting Scholars
The Ostrom Workshop accepts nominations from all Workshop Affiliates to invite exceptional non-IU colleagues as Visiting Scholars to undertake research, and participate in and enrich the research life of the Workshop. Nominations will be accepted March 1, 2020. link

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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