2019 Awardees

Winner

Liliana Pechene Muelas

Liliana Pechene Muelas is an exceptional 34-year old leader of the indigenous Misak people in Colombia and has worked collaboratively to assert indigenous collective rights under the Colombian law.  She has been involved, through various roles, in the governance structure of the Misak people for over ten years, culminating in her election as governor of her people for a year, in 2017. She was the sole indigenous representative in Oslo when Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos received the Nobel Prize for peace as a result of his role in the peace process.

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Winner

Dr. Giuseppe Micciarelli

Dr. Giuseppe Micciarelli’s scholarship and advisory work focus on developing innovative legal infrastructures and governance approaches to enable new configurations of citizen participation and institutional stewardship of the commons, particularly in connection to urban spaces for cultural and social innovation. His vision is to leverage the commons as a tool for deepening the practice of democracy, by focusing on the power trajectories in micro and grassroots communitarian experiments as incubators of more encompassing trends and challenges in democratic life.

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Winner

Ruth Meinzen-Dick

Ruth Meinzen-Dick became fascinated with the commons while studying irrigation systems near the town where she grew up in Tamil Nadu, India, for her Masters’ thesis at Cornell University. After completing her PhD at Cornell, she joined the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), where she is now a Senior Research Fellow. She has led research on various types of commons in water, forests, rangelands, fisheries and genetic resources, especially under the CGIAR Program on Collective Action and Property Rights (CAPRi). She has been a member of the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) since 1995, serving on the Council from 2000-2013, and as President from 2007-2011.

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