Local Organizing Committee

prof. dr. Tine De Moor (Chair)
Tine De Moor is professor ‘Institutions for Collective Action in Historical Perspective’ at the Department for Social and Economic History of Utrecht University. Through an interdisciplinary approach for the study of the long-term evolution of rural commons, De Moor has been able to revise the historical basis of the widely debated metaphor of Hardin’s ‘Tragedy of the Commons’, especially focusing on the hardly studied historical deficiencies in his theory. She has published numerous journal articles as well as sveral books on commons issues. Tine De Moor is also (co-)founder of the peer-reviewed International Journal of the Commons, member of the Executive Council of the IASC. From January 2015 until January 2017 she was President of the IASC; after the completion of her term as President, she now is Past-President (2017-2019) of this association. She is currently in charge of or involved in several projects on institutions for collective action, of which one awarded with an NWO VIDI-Grant. In December 2012, she was admitted as member of the Young Academy of Europe, and in March 2014. she was installed as member of The Young Academy of The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).
dr. Anita Boele
Anita Boele studied Medieval History and Political Science (BA) at Leiden University. In January 2013, she defended her PhD-thesis at the University of Groningen, entitled ‘Members of one body. Representations of the poor, poor relief and charity in the Northern Netherlands 1300-1650’. In 2014, Boele will join the project “Nature or Nurture” as post-doc researcher, focusing on the institutional variety in premodern old age provisions. Since 2011, Boele is also involved as researcher at The Netherlands Institute for Social Research (SCP), studying recent developments in citizens' initiatives and self-organization. From April 2013 until December 2013, she worked as an advisor for the Council for Social Development (RMO).
prof. dr. Vincent Buskens
Vincent Buskens is Professor of Theoretical Sociology at Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences of Utrecht University since May 1, 2011. At February 13, 2014, he gave his inaugural lecture titled "Cooperation in context: Experimental sociology 2.0." Buskens leads the research line Cooperation in social and economic relations at the Department of Sociology and he is a member of the national research school ICS. His most prominent research focuses on the various forms of cooperation within our society. More specific, he researches the impact of social networks on cooperation. Some networks facilitate cooperation better than others. Buskens tries to explain what exactly makes that one network shows itself more suitable than the other.
dr. Sarah Carmichael
Sarah Carmichael is a postdoc researcher at the Department of Socioeconomic History at Utrecht University. She obtained her PhD in 2016 with a dissertation thesis on marriage, family, and gender inequality. Her research interest lies in the interaction between agency and economic development, as well as with economics and interdisciplinary approaches to institutional phenomena.
dr. Corry Gellatly
Corry Gellatly is a biologist whose research is broadly in the areas of population biology, evolutionary theory and human social evolution. As a visiting researcher with the Social and Economic History research group since 2011 and now an in situ postdoctoral researcher from January 2014 on, Corry has been applying his expertise with web and database technologies to the collation and analysis of historical datasets, including the reconstruction of historical populations from genealogical records. He works in collaboration with the Institute for Ageing and Health at Newcastle University.
dr. Amineh Ghorbani
Amineh Ghorbani is an Assistant Professor at the faculty of Technology, Policy and Management (TBM) of Delft University of Technology. She obtained her MSc. in Computer Science (Artificial intelligence) from University of Tehran (Iran) (2009, honors) and her PhD from Delft University of Technology (2013, cum laude). Her current area of research is modelling dynamic policies and institutions in socio-technical systems. She is using agent-based modelling and simulation to gain insights into how institutions evolve. Her main areas of interest are agent-based simulation for decision support, dynamic policy modelling, evolution of institutions, adaptive governance, norms, culture, and collective intelligence.
prof. dr. Marco Janssen
Marco A. Janssen is professor at the School of Sustainability and Director of the Center for Behavior, Institutions, and the Environment of Arizona State University (Tempe, US). He is a social scientist with a background in mathematics. His research focuses on the interaction of cognitive, institutional, and ecological processes to understand collective action problems. He studies these interactions to understand the conditions for sustainable outcomes in various applications in the past, present, and future, and from local to global scales, using computational models, such as agent-based models, in combination with laboratory and field experiments, surveys, case study analysis, and stakeholder workshops.
dr. Charlotte Störmer
Charlotte Störmer studied biology at the universities of Osnabrück, Giessen, and Vienna with a main interest in anthropology and sociobiology. Her PhD-project “Der Einfluss von Mortalität auf menschliche Lebensverläufe – Eine Analyse historischer Familiendaten aus Deutschland, Finnland und Kanada (17.-19. Jahrhundert) vor dem Hintergrund der Life History Theory” (funded by the German Volkswagen Foundation) at the universities of Giessen (Germany) and Sheffield (UK) combines aspects of evolutionary biology and historical demography. The study focusses on the impact of high levels of mortality on survivability and reproductive timing in historic human populations. Besides her research in evolutionary biology, Störmer is also interested in historic family reconstitutions and has profound knowledge of data processing and database management.
dr. Frank van Laerhoven
Frank van Laerhoven works as Assistant Professor at the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development at Utrecht University. He obtained his Ph.D. in Public Policy from Indiana University where he worked under the supervision of Elinor Ostrom. Since 2008, he is co-editor-in-chief of The International Journal of the Commons. His research focus lies with environmental governance, particularly the governance of ecosystems; his research interests lie with common-pool resources (CPRs), socio-ecological systems, decentralization reforms, local democracy and participation, and the solving of collective action dilemmas.
prof. dr. Jan Luiten van Zanden
Jan Luiten van Zanden is Faculty Professor of Global Economic History at Utrecht University, Academy Professor at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and honorary professor at the universities of Groningen and Stellenbosch (South-Africa). He initiated and led several large international research projects on global societal issues, such as inequality, poverty and sustainability. Next to this, Van Zanden was Secretary General and (Vice-)President of the International Economic History Association, the most important international organization in the field of economic history. In 2009, he chaired the Local Organizing Committee of the XVth World Economic History Congress, that was held in Utrecht. In 2003, he was awarded the NWO Spinoza Prize amongst other things for bringing the entire economic history of the Netherlands to international prominence and for his exceptional leadership of such research projects.