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  • Books
    • David Bollier, Think Like a Commoner (New Society Publishers, 2014)
      With dozens of examples, Bollier describes the quiet revolution that is pioneering practical new forms of self-governance and production controlled by people themselves.
    • Peter Linebaugh, Stop, Thief! : The Commons, Enclosures, And Resistance (Spectre, 2014)
      Scarcely a society has existed that has not had commoning at its heart. From Thomas Paine to the Luddites, from Karl Marx to William Morris, to the 20th-century historian E.P. Thompson, Linebaugh brings to life the commonist tradition.
    • Amy R. Poteete, Elinor Ostrom, and Marco Janssen, Working Together: Collective Action, the Commons, and Multiple Methods in Practice (Princeton University Press, 2010)
    • Derek Wall, The Commons in History: Culture, Conflict, and Ecology (History for a Sustainable Future, 2014)
      Wall considers the commons from antiquity to the present day, as an idea, an ecological space, an economic abstraction, and a management practice. Combining contemporary debates, Wall offers an applied history that will interest academics, activists, and policy makers.
  • Articles
  • Documents
  • Funding Agencies
    • Arts and Humanities Research Council offers postgraduate and research funding opportunities which include opportunities in knowledge exchange and partnerships, and international research.
    • Arts Council England invests money from government and the National Lottery in arts and culture across England. This funds a wide range of activities – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, crafts to collections.
    • Arts Council of Wales is an independent charity, which supports the creation of great art and to encourage more people to enjoy and take part in the arts, growing the arts economy in Wales.
    • Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland, by distributing funding from the Scottish Government and The National Lottery.
    • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) provides a range of funding opportunities, including schemes, competitions and initiatives. Their funding opportunities enable individuals and groups to pursue world-class research in academic institutions and independent research centres.
    • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is UK’s main agency for funding research in engineering and the physical sciences. EPSRC invests around £800 million a year in research and postgraduate training, to help the nation handle the next generation of technological change.
    • Esmée Fairbairn Foundation is one of the largest independent grant-making foundations in the UK. The Foundation funds across four main sectors – Arts, Children and Young People, Environment and Social Change, to enable potential, back the unorthodox and unfashionable, build collective networks and catalyse system change
    • Garfield Weston Foundation are a family-founded, grant-making trust which support organisations that have effective solutions to helping those most in need. They support a broad range of activities and organisations, from small community groups to large national institutions, with grants for arts, education, youth, community, religion, health, environment and welfare.
    • Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) supports all kinds of projects, as long as they make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities. Record the diverse stories of your community, breathe new life into a historic park, create vibrant town centres, and much more.
    • Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) is a partnership between 24 Humanities Research Councils across Europe and the European Commission, with the objective of firmly establishing the humanities in the European Research Area and in the European Commission Framework Programmes.
    • Innovate UK is the new name for the Technology Strategy Board; an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills.
    • Nesta is an innovation charity with a mission to help people and organisations bring great ideas to life. They have three different ways of support – through grant funding, direct investment or challenge prizes.
    • Research Councils UK is the strategic partnership of the UK’s seven Research Councils, which cover the full spectrum of academic disciplines from the medical and biological sciences to astronomy, physics, chemistry and engineering, social sciences, economics, environmental sciences and the arts and humanities.
    • Wellcome Trust provides funding to support bright minds in science, the humanities and the social sciences, as well as education, public engagement and the application of research to medicine. Funding schemes support individual researchers, teams, resources, seed ideas and places.
  • Websites
    • AHRC Translating Cultures explores how languages, values, beliefs, histories and narratives can be shared and understood across different cultures and contexts:



    • MLA Commons links members of the Modern Language Association and provides new avenues for scholarly communication and collaboration. This growing platform allows MLA members to create a professional profile, connect with one another, seek feedback on their work, establish and join groups to discuss common interests, and share their ideas with a broader audience through new kinds of open-access publications.


    • On The Commons (OTC), based in Minnesota, share the latest thinking in the commons movement in an online Commons Magazine: