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Dr. Susan Buck attends IASC Conference in India

On January 10-14, Dr. Susan Buck, Associate Professor of Political Science, attended the 13th International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) Biennial Conference in Hyderabad, India with assistance from IPC’s Kohler fund. In Hyderabad, she was sworn in as President of the Association, which she will hold for a two-year term. The IASC is an international, non-profit organization of about 1,000 members, originally called the International Association for the Study of Common Property. The focus of January’s conference was the protection and use of common pool resources for poor and minority groups, resources such as farming, subsistence agriculture, and weaving cooperatives.

Dr. Buck (third from left) with other IASC members at Golconda Fort

This was Dr. Buck’s first time in India, which she greatly enjoyed. To her, the most striking thing she found was how closely the economic classes are mixed together. The extreme poverty situated next to noticeable wealth in the city was something she had never seen before.

Dr. Buck also had a chance to visit the University of Hyderabad where she met with faculty members who were very enthusiastic about their exchange programs. She was very impressed with the 2,000-acre campus and recommends students to go there. There is even a brand new international house for international students, with new dormitories, recreational facilities, modern plumbing, and new classrooms.

At UNCG, where Dr. Buck has been teaching for 23 years, her research focus is wildlife and natural resource management in the U.S. She is the Director of the Environmental Studies Program and she teaches three environmentally-related law courses to undergraduates, as well as environmental law, ethics, and public policy at the graduate level. In 1997, she was a Fulbright scholar at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland, where she researched land ownership patterns in Scotland.

Previous editions:
- Vol 10, ed 5: February 2011
- Vol 10, ed 4: December 2010
- Vol 10, ed 3: November 2010
- Vol 10, ed 2: October 2010
- Vol 10, ed 1: September 2010
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