The University of Economics in Katowice, Poland is running a research project on "Economics of Urban Commons" and is looking for input from across the world via this survey. The aim is to find out how different local communities co-produce and co-consume common goods in cities.

The questions in the survey relate to the principles of governing the commons developed by Elinor Ostrom, the Nobel Prize winner in economics. She focused on traditional commons such as pastures or fishery, but this project would like to know if the principles she proposed could also be applied in urban context.

Urban communities around the world that run collective initiatives such as: neighbourhood commons, community gardens, community urban parks, Community Land Trust (CLT), Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) are being encouraged to contribute to the survey.

The research team has investigated both theoretical and practical issues of “commoning” in cities. Nevertheless, they want to learn more on urban commons thanks to input from local groups. For more information about the project please email [email protected] Adam Polko.

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