Archived Papers

This page contains project briefings, conference papers and background papers, created during the course of the Contested Common Land Project (2007-2010).  All are freely available for opening/downloading as ‘pdf’ documents.  For current Resources produced by our follow-on project (2012-2013), including the Commons History Toolkit, please follow this link: Research Resources. For details of common land books and articles published by members of the project, please see the Publications page. 

Project Briefing Papers (2007-2010)

These are working papers produced during the course of the Contested Common Land Project. Please do not quote or reproduce sections of these papers without contacting the Contested Common Land project team.

Research methods and approaches:
These papers explain the processes involved in carrying out research in the case study areas, including the design of stakeholder interviews and focus groups – used to explore the contemporary legal and management context – and the identification and selection of documents and sources for historical research.

Historical briefing papers:
These papers are interim reports on archival research undertaken in each of our case study areas. They are working papers, containing many loose ends, but offering an overview of historical processes at local level. Each paper summarises in turn the evidence for: (1) property rights (ownership of the soil, common use rights); (2) local governance institutions (manor courts, post-manorial institutions); (3) local governance mechanisms and regimes (byelaws, later regulations); and (4) concepts of sustainability visible in the historical evidence. Maps which accompany the papers are also posted here. Please contact e.straughton@lancaster.ac.uk and a.winchester@lancaster.ac.uk.

Qualitative briefing papers:
The following papers comprise reports and analyses of qualitative research conducted in the case study areas, looking at environmental governance, property rights and land management issues. The research process included stakeholder interviews, focus groups, analyses of common land registers and literature reviews. Please do not quote from these papers without first seeking permission from project members (contact: c.p.rodgers@newcastle.ac.uk and margherita.pieraccini@newcastle.ac.uk).

Project Papers for IASC Conference, July 2008

On 14-18 July 2008 the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) held its 12th Biennial Conference at Cheltenham, hosted by the University of Gloucestershire. The following four working papers were presented by members of the Contested Common Land Project on 16 July as part of a panel session on ‘Governance Instruments for Commons: Historical Perspectives’:

Papers Presented at Project Symposium, Newcastle University, September 2009

On 7-8 September 2009 we held the second of our project symposia, on the theme of ‘Environmental Governance and the Commons, Past and Present’. For more information, please see our Symposia page. Symposium working papers are posted here with the kind permission of authors: please do not quote or reproduce sections of these papers without first contacting the authors.

Papers Presented at Project Symposium, Lancaster University, September 2008

On 11-12 September 2008 we held the first of our project symposia, on the theme of ‘Sustainability and the Commons, Past and Present’. For more information, please see our Symposia page. Symposium working papers are posted here with the kind permission of authors: please do not quote or reproduce sections of these papers without first contacting the authors.

Paper for RICS ‘ROOTS’ Conference, 23-24 March 2009, Clare College, Cambridge

Published Material

For details of common land books and journal articles by members and associates of the project, please go to the Publications page.

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