The group of the 2013 recipients of the Elinor Ostrom Award shows the wide variety of experiences of those interested and/or using and managing commons. From the community forests in India, to land tenure in South-Africa and irrigation in the Philippines; from the common open spaces in the United Kingdom, to the water tanks and dry forests of poor communities in Mexico and to Knowledge Commons, the awarded experiences also show the challenges faced today by commons and communities as well as the commitment and innovation which they use to address their challenges.
The Laureates are (from left to right)
The Open Spaces Society (United Kingdom), for their long stewardship of the commons and their impact on commons policy and management both in the Uk and Japan
Foundation for Ecological Security (India), for their extensive work with both communities and the government to strengthen the local management of the commons and supportive policies for equity and on sustainability.
Ben Cousins of the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (University of Western Cape, South Africa), for his multi disciplinary approach to explore how property rights and collective action arenas interact in agrarian settings where community management of land is crucial, for actively engaging with public policy in these areas, as well as for developing a community of scholars studying aspects of the commons.
Michael Cox of Dartmouth College (United States of America), for his innovative and collaborative work on Social Ecological Systems, his revision of the Ostrom design principles, and his widely comparative approach on the meta-analyses of large scale commonpool resources.
Charles Schweik, of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (United States of America), for his innovative use of the Institutional Analysis and Development framework,his long term commitment and impact in public policy around the topic of knowledge commons and his development of communities of practice and learning.
Eduardo Araral (National University of Singapore), for his work on multiple sector commons, his innovative approaches to the commons, his longterm commitment to the analysis of governance institutions and his impact on policies and consultancies, both locally and internationally.
Grupo de Estudios Ambientales A.C. (Mexico), for their work to consolidate local rules into practice, particularly with ejidos and indigenous communities on forests management.
Harini Nagendra, Ramanujan Fellow and Urban Ecology Coordinator at the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE, India), for her wide diversity of work, her innovation and her use of different methodological approaches, as well as for her active participation as a practitioner on the commons.