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vol. 25, no. 1, January 2020

Polycentric Circles
The Ostrom Workshop Bi-Weekly Newsletter
Featured Stories
From our Director
Happy New Year! Warm greetings from the Ostrom Workshop, and we hope that you had a restful holiday break. We are trying something new by repackaging Polycentric Circles into a more regular newsletter to highlight upcoming events, research opportunities, and Workshop affiliate news. It’s going to be a banner year for the Workshop during which we’ll be celebrating the 30-year anniversary of Lin’s Governing the Commons, along with launching a range of new working groups, collaborations, and the re-establishment of the Workshop Advisory Council (WAC) – that’s right, the WAC is back! In short, with so much going on we want to keep all of you up to date, and as involved as you’re able to be. Our hope is that this newsletter will be a helpful vehicle to further this goal, and our thanks go to David Price for spearheading the effort. As always, please feel free to reach out directly to me with any questions/comments/suggestions (, and I hope you all have a fantastic start to the Spring term! Of course, while we love to keep our followers well-informed, if you feel your mailbox is already being overloaded, you can unsubscribe here.

In the News
Jordan Blekking, Ostrom Research Awardee, Receives Fulbright-Hays Award
Jordan Blekking has received a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad award. His proposal is to study how food security is changing in small cities in Zambia as a result of rapid urbanization, focusing on spatial patterns and social ties among new migrants. Jordan will be in Zambia for the Spring semester conducting household surveys and collecting spatial data. Please congratulate him when you see him!

In the News
William Blomquist Named Senior Research Fellow
For his extraordinary contributions over an extended period of time to the Ostrom Workshop, Professor William Blomquist has been selected to receive the honor of Senior Research Fellow. In the past year, Bill has taken on the tasks of chairing the Workshop on the Ostrom Workshop Conference and taught the long-running Fall, 2019 semester Workshop graduate seminar on Institutional Theory. For more information on Bill, how to nominate Senior Research Felows, and to view our previous Senior Research Fellows follow this link.
Recent Publications
Prakash Kashwan, Lauren M. MacLean, and Gustavo A. Garcia-Lopez. 2019. Rethinking Power and Institutions in the Shadows of Neoliberalism. World Development 120: 133-46
Paul Dragos Aligica, Peter J. Boettke, Bobbi Herzberg, 2019, Ostrom's Tensions: Reexamining the Political Economy and Public Policy of Elinor C. Ostrom. Mercatus Center at George Mason University.
Kunle Oyerinde Oyebade, Design Principles, Common Land, and Collective Violence in Africa. International Journal of the Commons. 13(2), 993-1002.
Keith Taylor, Nathan P. Goodman, The Stakeholder-Empowering Philanthropy of Edward Filene. Cambridge University Press: 29 October 2019
Upcoming Events
Colloquium Series
Spring 2020 Colloquium Series Begins 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 Begins on January 29
(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. 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

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