Tomislav Tomašević at the IASC 2017 Conference

Tomislav Tomašević, IPE’s Program Manager, participated at the 16th Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) from July 11 to 14. The IASC is the world’s leading association of scientists studying the commons and Tomislav is its full member. Its first president was the Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom, and you can learn more about the association on their website.

This year’s the conference took place in Utrecht and its theme was “Practicing the Commons: Self-governance, Cooperation, and Institutional Change”. More information about the conference and its program can be found here.

Tomislav gave a presentation on his work “Urban Commons in the Western Balkans: From Cooperation to Conflict and Back,” in which he presented the institutional and critical theoretical framework of the commons, and using the examples of Zagreb and Pula showed how these two theoretical frameworks and practices alternate between cooperation and conflict between the practitioners of the commons and the local authorities.

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IPE at the International Municipal Summit “Fearless Cities”

From 9 to 11 June, Vedran Horvat and Tomislav Tomašević attended the International Municipal Summit “Fearless Cities”  in Barcelona. The summit was organized by the municipal progressive political platform Barcelona en Comú, which won the local elections in May 2015 and its leader Ada Colau became the mayor of Barcelona. The successful model of political organizing represented by Barcelona en Comú also happened in other Spanish cities, most notably in Madrid – the platform Ahora Madrid won the elections that same year and Manuela Carmen became the mayor. Ada Colau and Manuela Carmen opened the summit, and were joined by the leaders of other progressive cities around the world.

Tomislav Tomasevic gave a presentation entitled “Creating Non-State Institutions: Between the State and the Non-State in Croatia” at a panel discussion on June 10. The presentation tackled examples of creating hybrid forms of commons management by institutions are between state and non-state. He gave examples of physical space and water resources management in Zagreb and Pula.

Iva Marčetić and Teodor Celakoski from Right to the City also participated in the summit. The conference was closed by Ada Colau and the participants presenting successful municipal political platforms from around the world, to inspire similar new political projects in the future.

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Green Academy’s Winter Seminar 2016: panel “Political Action: Examples from the EU Periphery”

“Political Action: Examples from the EU Periphery”, the second panel of Winter Seminar 2016, was moderated by Tomislav Tomašević. The speakers were Yiannis Bournous (Greece), Pablo Sanchez Centellas (Spain), John Barry (Ireland) and Eugenia Pires (Portugal).