Bernhard Lorentz

Bernhard Lorentz (Germany) is President of the Stiftung Mercator, which co-founded the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) jointly with the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK).

Christian Flachsland

Christian Flachsland (Germany) is researcher and designated leader of the research group “Assessment and Scientific Policy Advice” at the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC).

Ottmar Edenhofer

Ottmar Edenhofer (Germany) is professor of the Economics of Climate Change at the Technische Universität Berlin and Co-Chair of the Working Group III of the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He is designated Director of the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC), and will continue to act as Deputy Director and Chief Economist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), where he leads Research Domain III - Sustainable Solutions.

Esther Mwangi

Esther Mwangi (Kenya) is a senior scientist in the forests and governance program at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).

Helen Markelova

Helen Markelova (Russia/USA) is pursuing a PhD in Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA. Previously, she worked for the Collective Action and Property Rights program (CAPRi) of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) doing research on how the institutions of collective action and property rights affect the livelihoods of the poor.

Katherine J. Strandburg

Katherine J. Strandburg (USA) is Professor of Law at the New York University. Her publications focus on cultural commons and the implications of user and collaborative innovation for patent law and of networked communication for privacy. Prior to her legal career, she was a PhD research physicist at Argonne National Laboratory.

Brett M. Frischmann

Brett M. Frischmann (USA) is a Professor of Law and the Director of the Intellectual Property and Information Law Program at the Cardozo Law School. His research focuses on various different types of commons, including cultural commons and infrastructure commons. He is the author of Infrastructure: The Social Value of Shared Resources (2012).

Michael J. Madison

Michael J. Madison (USA) is Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh. His research focuses on knowledge-based institutions, innovation, and cultural commons. His papers are available at, and he blogs at

Ryan T. Conway

Ryan T. Conway (USA) is a member of the Managing the Health Commons research team at the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis and is in the Political Science PhD program at Indiana University, Bloomington. His research focuses on how mental models influence the development of cooperative behavior, in otherwise competitive situations.

Prue Taylor

Prue Taylor (New Zealand) is a legal academic at the University of Auckland and Deputy Director of the NZ Centre for Environmental Law. Her research focuses on ecological approaches to law and ethical issues. She recently co-edited Property Rights and Sustainability: The Evolution of Property Rights to Meet Ecological Challenges (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers – BRILL, 2011).


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