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2021. Opincaru, Irina and Vasile, Monica. 2021. Analysis of Legal Framework and Recognition of Romanian Commons: Research Results. Report funded by Common Lands Network.

2021. Iordăchescu, George, Anna Varga, Monica Vasile, Irina Sinziana Opincaru. Homórdkarácsonyfalva Közbirtokosság, ICCA Consortium.  Report Territories of Life: 2021 Report. ICCA Consortium: worldwide. Available at:

2020, Opincaru, Irina‐Sînziana. Elements of the Institutionalization Process of the Forest and Pasture Commons in Romania as Particular Forms of Social Economy. Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics, October, 


2019, Vasile M., The enlivenment of institutions: Emotional work and the emergence of contemporary land commons in the Carpathian Mountains, special issue on Institutional Work, eds. Raoul Beunen and James Patterson, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 62(1)


2018, Vasile M., Formalizing commons, registering rights: The making of the forest and pasture commons in the Romanian Carpathians from the 19th century to post-socialism. International Journal of the Commons. 12(1), pp.170–201. DOI:

2018, Vasile M., The vulnerable bison: Practices and meanings of rewilding in the Romanian Carpathians, Conservation and Society 16(3), PP. 217-231. DOI: 10.4103/cs.cs_17_113


2017. Bauer, N., Vasile M., Mondini M. The attitudes towards nature, wilderness and protected areas: a way to sustainable stewardship in the South-Western Carpathians, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 61(5-6) pp. 857-877

2015. Vasile M.  The Role of Memory and Identity in the Obştea Forest Commons of Romania, in edited volume, eds. David Bollier and Silke Helfrich, Patterns of Commoning, pp. 65-71, Transcript Verlag

2015. Vasile, M. Die Anthropologie der Wälder: Über die Bedeutung von Erinnerung und Identität in rumänischen Gemeinschaftswäldern, in Die Welt der Commons: Muster gemeinsamen Handelns, eds.  Silke Helfrich and David Bollier, Transcript Verlag

2015. Vasile M. Self-Sufficiency and “Being One’s Own Master” among Transylvanian Forest Dwellers, in edited volume, eds. Chris Hann and Steven Gudeman, Oikos and Market: Explorations in Self-Sufficiency after Socialism, pp. 162-188 London: Berghahn Books

2009. Vasile, M., Mantescu L. Property reforms in rural Romania and community-based forests, [English] Sociologie Românească (Romanian Sociology) 7, 2 pp. 95-113

2009. Vasile, M. Corruption in Romanian forestry: morality and local practice in the context of privatization, [English] Revista Româna de Sociologie (Romanian Revue of Sociology) 20, 1-2, pp. 105-120

2009. Vasile, M. Regles de propriete et pratiques locales dans les forets communes villageoises de Vrancea: l'obstea d'aujourd'hui (Roumanie) [in French] pp. 93-105 in "Transitions foncières dans les Balkans: Roumanie, Albanie, Grèce" Options Méditerranéennes: Série A. no. 82. Montpellier: CIHEAM-IAMM, 108 p.

2008. Vasile, M. Nature conservation, conflict and discourses around forest management: communities and protected areas from Meridional Carpathians, [English] Sociologie Românească (Romanian Sociology) 6, 3-4, pp. 87-100

2008. Vasile, M. Un fond fără formă: obştea vrânceană. Statuar şi cutumiar în dinamica definirii unui sistem de proprietatea colectivă [Meanings without forms­ "the obște" in Vrancea. Statutory and customary processes in the dynamics of defining a system of collective ownership] Sociologie Românească (Romanian Sociology) 6, 1, pp. 56-73

2007. Vasile, M. Sense of property, deprivation and memory in the case of Obștea Vrânceană. [English] Sociologie Românească (Romanian Sociology) 5, 2, pp. 114-129

2006. Vasile, M. Obștea today in the Vrancea Mountains of Romania: self-governing institutions of forest commons, [English] Sociologie Românească (Romanian Sociology) 4, 3, pp. 111-130


Global conference IASC - International Association for the Study of the Commons

Organizers: Utrecht University

Utrecht, 10-14th July 2017


Presentation 1: Monica Vasile: Financialization and distance in the forest and pasture commons of the Romanian Carpathians

Presentation 2: Irina Opincaru: Mountain commons and the social economy in Romania

Presentation 3: Stefan Voicu: "Some sort of joint-stock company": The corporate turn in common-property resource management in the Romanian Carpathian forests

Presentation 4: George Iordachescu: We are building the green backbone of Europe': Wildlife conservation and forest commons' dissolution in Transylvanian Alps

Project poster presentation: Forest Commons in the Romanian Carpathians

Lecture "Associative Environmentality: The Commons in the Carpathian Mountains"

in the lecture series "Lunchtime colloquium"  at RCC Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society. 

Munich, 9th February 2017


Link to the video of the talk here.

Our team at IASC Utrecht, July 2017

Rachel Carson Center Lunch Time Colloquium, February 2017

Photo exhibition "The Last Grass" at RCC Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society. Photographers Stefan Voicu and Arryn Snowball. Curator and text: Monica Vasile.

Opening 29th May 2017

Link here.

Annual conference FLARE - Forests and Livelihoods: Assessment, Research, and Engagement

Organizers: School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan

Edinburgh, 2nd-5th December 2016


Presentation 1: Monica Vasile: From production to protection: people and forests in the Romanian Carpathians

Presentation 2: George Iordăchescu: ‘Share if you also love the virgin forests’: Restoring pristine nature in the Romanian Carpathians

Project poster presentation: Forest Commons in the Romanian Carpathians

Workshop: "Post-Socialist Environments: Making, un-making and contesting natures in Central and Eastern Europe"

Organizers: Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, Adam Mickiewicz University

Poznan, 25th-26th November 2016

Gorge Iordăchescu: On the nature of Nature in Eastern Europe. Which nature is worth protecting and by whom?

the last grass, commons, pastures Romania

Photo from The Last Grass @Arryn Snowball

Presenting at FLARE, Edinburgh 2016

Congress of the Federation of  Romanian Forest Owners

Bucharest, 18th October 2016

Presentation: Monica Vasile: Research of associative property forms: a necessity

Link to intervention here.

EASA European Association of Cultural Anthropologists Conference 2016: Anthropological legacies and human futures

Milano, Italy, 20th-23rd July 2016

George Iordachescu: Neoliberal biodiversity conservation and local responses in Southern Carpathian Mountains in Romania

European Conference of IASC (International Association for the Study of the Commons)
Bern, Swizerland, 10th-14th May 2016

Monica Vasile: Multiple Meanings of Forest Commons: producing laws and policies in the Romanian Carpathians

Undisciplined Environments - International Conference of the European Network of Political Ecology
Stockholm, Sweden, 20th-24th March 2016

Monica Vasile, Stefan Voicu: The good, the bad and the ugly: struggles in the Romanian forest commons

Romanian Federation of Forest Owners Congress, Bucharest 2016

Presenting in Stockholm, 2016

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