Sept 30th – Oct 9th

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[Note: This webinar was given in Chinese.]





What Can We Learn From China’s Management Response to Covid-19 from a Commons Research Perspective?

At the macro level, the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic not only brings new challenges to international society, but also is leading to dramatic changes to commons practices in the world. How have local people worked together to fight the Covid-19 pandemic within different contexts? What new commons practices emerged from the Covid-19 fight experience? How can we sustain and maintain these commons and their institutions in a post Covid-19 era? These commons-related questions shall be addressed, to offer insights for global health practice and theoretical thinking.


At the micro level, communities are taken as the basic unit of virus prevention and control, at the frontline of the Covid-19 fight. Rules-in-use developed and enforced within communities are diverse throughout the world. Which rule patterns can effectively keep social distancing, and remain safe public space? Do Ostrom’s design principles apply to the community management in Covid-19 settings? How do communities adapt to new changes, and keep resilient to external disturbances? The experience from China is worth examining.


This webinar event thus aims to bring together researchers and practitioners working on or interested in the institutional design, community management, and commons in China, in the hope of fostering evolved understandings on these topics.

About the Speaker

Qian Zhou is an assistant professor at Xiamen University, the School of Public Policy. Her research focuses on commons research in China, with particular attention to water governance. 

Join the Webinar

October 7, 2020

The recorded webinar is available here.