Diversity and Challenges of the Urban Commons: A Comprehensive Review

A. Feinberg, A. Ghorbani, P.M. Herder

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This study is a comprehensive literature review about the field of the urban commons and its diversity, which we investigate through the lens of the new commons. Acknowledging a potential for adaptive capacity in the urban commons, we classify its traits into ecosystem, socio-economic and institutional factors. To make our work more practical, we further arrange them as benefits, challenges or supports. Our literature review highlights the need to further study the institutions which have an impact on the urban commons, as well as the individual and collective behaviour mechanisms at stake in the emergence and management of this commons. In addition, more light needs to be shed on the property-regimes relevant to the urban commons, with a focus on the access or use rules, rather than on ownership.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-20
JournalInternational Journal of the Commons
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Assemblage approach
  • Challenges
  • City
  • Diversity
  • Institutions
  • Literature review
  • Urban commons


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