On Thursday 6th July, John Powell travelled to the Netherlands in advance of the 16th International IASC Conference in Utrecht. As a regular blogger during these events, John has written the first of what we expect to be a multitude posts.
As current IASC President John Powell has been particularly busy at the current international conference in Utrecht. He has not been as prolific as with previous conferences, but has had the opportunity to pen this piece – inspired by a bicycle related altercation he witnessed, about urban commons and how they are (or not) regulated.
In July 2017 the 16th Biennial IASC conference takes place in Utrecht. As current President of the IASC John Powell has penned a few lines in eager anticipation of the event.
John Powell recently visited a common in South Wales which has been the focus of many battles over recent times, but the one that took place while he was there was a little out of the ordinary!
John Powell has been fairly quiet recently regarding writing Blog articles. However, in a return to form, he has written this throught provoking piece about urban trees – partly inspired by events that took place in Sheffield.
John Powell recently attended the IASC European Regional Conference in Bern. ‘Commons in a ‘Glocal’ World’ looked at the interfaces between local and global processes, and you can read John’s thoughts in his latest Blog post.
A recent article in the Daily Telegraph highlighted the issue of visitor control during the peak Bluebell viewing season at a National Trust site in Hertfordshire. It noted that for the first time the Trust would be charging visitors coming to look at wild flowers. John Powell comments on managing a public good where high levels of ‘use’ will potentially cause damage.
A recent field trip along the Lower Severn Vale with a group of Landscape and Applied Ecology MSc students highlighted some of the opportunities and challenges associated with weaning ourselves off large-scale and centralised electricity generating systems. The area of interest is part of the Severn estuary between Gloucester and the old suspension bridge carrying the M48 from Aust to Chepstow.
John Powells writes about two developments related to society’s capacity to deal with the management of global commons problems.
One of the pleasures of urban living is the opportunity to be surprised by artwork that may appear, literally overnight, on the side of buildings, on railway carriages, under bridges, and particularly on large expanses of smooth bare concrete.