The ‘Commons – management, governance and sustainability’ – online short course series is delivered jointly by the Countryside and Community Research Institute of the University of Gloucestershire (UK) and the Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (IIS-UNAM), in both English and Spanish, under the auspices of the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC). The principal teaching staff are detailed below:
John Powell is an ecological economist with over 20 years experience working and teaching in the USA, UK, EU, and Balkan countries. During 2003-06 John worked for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) where he was the Lead Policy Official responsible for developing Part 2 of the Commons Act 2006. John is currently President-Elect of the IASC, and will assume the role formally in 2016.
Chris Short has studied commons in a range of forms for nearly 20 years and is Chair of a recently formed UK-based NGO – the ‘Foundation for Common Land’. With considerable experience of teaching within the University of Gloucestershire, Chris has also written and published widely on issues related to commons management agriculture, forestry, nature conservation and ecoystem services.
Leticia Merino has conducted research on community governance of forests, tenure and property rights, and forest and conservation policies. An important academic focus of the last decade has been the diffusion of the Commons Theory and policy approach in Mexico and Latin America and she translated into Spanish Elinor Ostrom´s seminal book “Governing the Commons”. She is a full time professor at the National University of Mexico (UNAM) and has been a consultant for the Ford Foundation, CONABIO, the Congress of the Union of Mexico, FAO and the World Bank. In 2008 the Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity of Mexico. Leticia is also a past president of the IASC.
Victor Ortiz is currently undertaking an internship in Political Science and Public Administration at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He also works as a Research Assistant at the Social Research Institute of the same University, where he is involved in helping to organize and deliver the Spanish version of the on-line courses on commons.