This is a series of online short courses, launched in 2015, focusing on different aspects of commons: their management, governance and sustainability. The courses are 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).

By ‘commons’ we mean resources that are shared in some way by different individuals, communities, or groups, and can be present at local, regional or global scales. Commons can include shared grazing pasture, forests and their produce, marine resources such as fish, the global atmosphere.

Courses in the series

Registered students will be given an Associate Student number and be able to access the course materials via the internet.There are no special IT requirements in order to be able to access the materials.


  • This was the first online programme aimed specifically at raising awareness of commons issues around the globe.
  • It was jointly developed and is delivered between the University of Gloucestershire in the UK and the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM).
  • The programme is delivered in Spanish as well as English.
  • The programme benefits practitioners and policy makers working in a wide variety of locations, enabling them to access the course at times most suitable to their individual situation.
  • Participants are provided with access to a wide range of materials on commons, and are able to discuss complex issues with tutors and other participants through on-line discussion
  • No need to worry about time differences between the UK and your location, on-line discussions are managed over a period of days to allow people around the globe to engage with questions and respond to comments
  • On-line delivery reduces the costs of participation

Download PDF with full information of Commons Short Course Series

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More details on these courses can be obtained by emailing or calling +44 1242 714122