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May 7, 2020

Polycentric Circles
The Ostrom Workshop Bi-Weekly Newsletter
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Scott Shackelford, Executive Director
End-of-Semester Message from our Director

Greetings from the Ostrom Workshop! We approach the end of term with a familiar sense of joy as we celebrate the many accomplishments of our Ostrom fellows, research awardees, visiting scholars, and students at the end of another academic year, but of course this time is tempered by the extraordinary times and related challenges we’re all living through. The Workshop has been active in furthering research related to the pandemic through an array of Programs and working groups, including efforts to explore the political economy of pandemics, along with work in the Cybersecurity and Data Governance Programs focusing on managing disinformation and digital repression related to COVID-19 as well as the study of blockchain-enabled trust certificates. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you know of other ways that the Workshop community can be helpful as we work together in this common cause.

We’re wishing all of you and your families well, and hope you can enjoy a peaceful, restorative, and productive summer break. Please do keep in touch, remember that our research and working groups will stay active in case you’re looking for opportunities to get involved, and I look forward to seeing all of you in the Fall – either in-person, or online.

In the News
Workshop Affiliate Eduardo Brondizio One of Two IU Bloomington Professors Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Eduardo S. Brondizio has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the oldest and most prestigious honorary societies in the country.

Brondizio is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Anthropology and an adjunct professor in the Department of Geography, both in the College of Arts and Sciences, and in the O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Sullivan is a Provost Professor in the College's Department of Religious Studies, director of the Center for Religion and the Human and an affiliated professor in the Mauer School of Law. Click here for the entire news release.

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At the Workshop
Ostrom Workshop Bylaws & Governance Structure Finalized
The Workshop Advisory Council (WAC) recently approved the first-ever formal bylaws for the Workshop to formalize our more polycentric governance structure. A special thanks is owed to the members of the Governance Committee, including Angie Raymond, Mike McGinnis, and Michael Mattioli for their great work throughout the term on this important initiative. To access a complete copy of the bylaws and learn more about us, visit our website.
Recent Publications
A study entitled "Bureaucrat-Local Politician Linkages and Hierarchical Local Governance in Emerging Democracies: A Case Study of Tunisia" by Salih Yasun (Ostrom Research Awardee) has been published at GLD University of Gothenburg Working Paper Series. The publication came from fieldwork supported by an Ostrom Workshop 2019 Research Grant. For a link to his paper, click here
Villamayor-Tomas, S., I. Iniesta-Arandia, and M. Roggero. 2020. Are generic and specific adaptation institutions always relevant? An archetype analysis of drought adaptation in Spanish irrigation systems. Ecology and Society 25(1):32. Link.
Larsson, J., & Päiviö Sjaunja, E.-L. (2020). Early Modern Reindeer Husbandry, Sami Economy, and Grazing Rights. International Journal of the Commons, 14(1), 91–107. DOI: Link.
Upcoming Events
Colloquium Series, Research Series, and Tocqueville Lectures
Our lecture series will be returning, either in-person or virtually, in the Fall of 2020. Follow our events page and sign up to our mailing lists to stay up-to-date on all the opportunities available to stay engaged with the Ostrom Workshop.

Note: We are still looking for affiliates interested in presenting a Colloquium, either online or in person, during the next academic year. Colloquiums are held each week on Monday from 12:00 to 1:00 pm (ET). Speakers present a complete draft paper that has not been submitted for publication. The first 15 minutes allow for a formal presentation followed by 45 minutes of discussion. If interested, submit your title and abstract for the Colloquium Committee’s review to Allison Sturgeon. We will inform you of the committee’s decision during the summer after which possible dates can be discussed.

Also, if you're looking for something new to binge watch, many of our past lecture presentations are available on our YouTube channel for your viewing pleasure.

Working Groups
For many years, the Workshop has facilitated the establishment 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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