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About Charlotte Hess

Emerita at Syracuse University, Charlotte Hess is an internationally recognized researcher, writer, and speaker on commons, common-pool resources, and collective action. She is particularly known for her innovative analysis of the burgeoning areas of "knowledge commons" and "new commons". Hess is also known for her collaborative publications with Nobel-laureate in Economics Elinor Ostrom, including their co-edited book _Understanding Knowledge as a Commons: From Theory to Practice_ (MIT Press, 2007).
At SU, Hess was the Associate Dean for Research, Collections, and Scholarly Communication at the Syracuse University Libraries (2008-2013) where she spearheaded the development of the SU institutional repository, Surface and was a tireless advocate throughout campus for the critical importance of open access and the proactive provision and preservation of scholarly information. Prior to coming to Syracuse, Hess was the Director of Library and Information Services at the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis at Indiana University and the founder and former director of the Digital Library of the Commons (2000-2008). She served on the Executive Council of the International Association for the Study of the Commons 1993-2009.


Present Independent Researcher, Writer, Speaker, Syracuse University

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