There are three Award categories:

Young Scholars:
No more than ten years after the PhD

For innovation and achievement in the area of scholarship of collective action and the commons, as well as impact on public policies and commons management experiences.

Senior Scholars:
More than ten years after the PhD

For innovation and achievement in the area of scholarship of collective action and the commons, as well as impact on public policies and commons management experiences. Impact of his/hers educational and mentoring activities in new generations of commons scholars and practitioners.

Practitioners:

For the practical applications (creation, sustainable use, management, defense) in the area of the commons and collective action.

Selection criteria in order of importance to the Award Council (please download the pre-screening letters for more detailed information)

Young Scholars:

  1. Innovation - Theoretical and Empirical.
  2. Commitment to a long-term research program related to the commons - Design and implementation of successive research projects on the commons/collective action.
  3. Multi-methods research - Usage of multiple Methods.
  4. Promotion of dialog between academics and practitioners - Role of practitioners, Interactio
  5. Impact - Academic impact, Political/Policy Impact, Social impact.
  6. Academic community-building and mentorship - Courses on commons/ collective action related topics, Active participation in academic groups working on commons/collective action.
  7. Broadly comparative and collaborative research - Comparison of different regions and/or sectors, Collaboration between different countries and regions of the world, Collaborative production of data, Participation in collective publications, Organization of collective projects and/or academic events, Interdisciplinary research.

Senior Scholars:

  1. Innovation - Theoretical and Empirical.
  2. Commitment to a long-term research program related to the commons - Design and implementation of successive research projects on the commons/collective action.
  3. Multi-methods research - Usage of multiple Methods.
  4. Promotion of dialog between academics and practitioners - Role of practitioners, Interactio
  5. Impact - Academic impact, Political/Policy Impact, Social impact.
  6. Academic community-building - Active participation in academic groups working on commons/collective action.
  7. Broadly comparative and collaborative research - Comparison of different regions and/or sectors, Collaboration between different countries and regions of the world, Collaborative production of data, Participation in collective publications, Organization of collective projects and/or academic events, Interdisciplinary research.

Practitioners:

  1. Long-term stewardship - Long term activities, Permanent structure devoted to commons, Long term perspective.
  2. Innovation - Adaptation to changing conditions, Creation of New Commons, Development of new uses of known commons.
  3. Cooperation with other commons-users - Internal conflict-resolution mechanism, External conflict-resolution mechanism, Absence of violent conflicts with other commons users, Management of interlinked commons, Collective activities in favor of the creation, defense, sustainable use of commons.
  4. Management of commons based on equity and inclusiveness - Involvement of different types of actors, including young, women and vulnerable groups in collective governance, Inclusive Property Right System.
  5. Impact on commons and communities - Political/Policy impact, Social Impact.
  6. Management of commons based on sustainability - Presence and implementation of rules attentive to the sustainability of common resources, Practices oriented to promote sustainable use and conservation of common resources