025: Case study databases in commons and social-ecological systems research — an IASC webinar

This is a unique episode of the podcast. We have the opportunity to share the audio from a recent webinar about the current state of commons and social-ecological systems databases. The webinar was facilitated by the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC), and was hosted by their current President, Marco Janssen. The IASC is devoted to bringing together multi-disciplinary researchers, practitioners and policymakers for the purpose of improving governance and management, advancing understanding, and creating sustainable solutions for commons, common-pool resources, or any other form of shared resource.


The webinar includes numerous leading researchers, listed below. Together they discuss their experiences with databases, including the current state of their use, challenges for user engagement and comparative research as well as directions forward and advice for researchers.

Webinar participants include: 

Marty Anderies – Professor, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University


Ulrich Frey – Researcher, Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics, German Space Agency


Sergio Villamayor Tomas – Research fellow, Institute of Environmental Science and Technology, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain.


Graham Epstein – Environmental social scientist, University of Waterloo.


Marco Janssen – Professor, School of Sustainability, Director of the Center for Behavior, Institutions, and the Environment, Arizona State University. Marco is also the current President of the IASC.


Links to the databases discussed in the podcast: