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A Troubled Past and an Uncertain Future for Collection Action

Sophie Erfurth is a doctoral candidate at the University of Oxford studying common pool resources governance in Tunisia. In this blog post, she reflects on her experience and positionality conducting fieldwork in a fragile setting of disheartened resource users. An empty frame on a wall usually...

The lack of diversity in commons citations

The following is a dialogue between Michael Cox and Praneeta Mudaliar about their experiences and thoughts regarding citation practices and diversity. Michael and Praneeta are grateful to Hita Unnikrishnan, Prakash Kashwan, Divya Gupta, and Mike Schoon for their helpful feedback on this blog entry...

Keeping it instrumental

After reading through the book Self-Determination Theory by Ryan and Deci (2018), I have been thinking about the difference between inherent and instrumental goods (or intrinsic vs. extrinsic, take your pick). Something is instrumentally valuable if we only want it to obtain something else, and...

On Reconsidering Academia’s Novelty Fetish

“But what’s novel about it?” I’ve been asked in committee meetings, academic interviews, and even in the midst of my field research, what exactly was “novel” about certain research questions I posed and the findings and conclusions I presented. At times, it felt like my commitment to actionable...