Elinor Ostrom recently received a 2009 Nobel in Economic Sciences for work examining how humans use institutions to sustainably manage common pool resources. Those interested in learning more can see her Stockholm Whiteboard Seminar video now available on the Stockholm University website.
Ostrom’s work is familiar to many anthropologists. In 2006 she became the founding director of the Center for the Study of Institutional Diversity in Arizona State U’s School of Human Evolution and Social Change. She is also affiliated with Indiana U and, as the video indicates, on the board of the Stockholm Resilience Centre. Amber Wutich and Michael E Smith of Arizona State U further discuss Ostrom’s award and her relationship with anthropology in a forthcoming Anthropology News article (see our December issue).