Back to the “Urban Commons”? Social Innovation through New Co-operative Forms in Europe

Published 12 July 2018 / By Michael Keith & Igor Calzada

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The fourth and final workshop from the series' Bridging European Urban Transformations' took place on 12 February 2018. The title of the workshop was 'Rethinking the Urban Commons in European City-Regions' (#RethinkingCommons), and it revolved around the core idea of the 'commons', which was developed by Ostrom (2000) and Hardin (1968), among many others. The event piqued the interest of a wide range of stakeholders.

Although the 'urban commons' has increasingly appeared as a topic of scholarly inquiry related to the urban politics and governance of social innovation in austerity, the research questions, methodologies, and disciplinary approaches necessary to more fully conceptualize and develop the idea of the 'urban commons' and the new challenges and facets it introduces into the ongoing study of the commons in diverse fields have had no sustained attention (Ostrom, 1990, 2000, 2010).