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Tom Dedeurwaerdere

Tom Dedeurwaerdere is Research Director at the Biodiversity Governance Unit of the Centre for the Philosophy of Law ( and professor at the Faculty of Philosophy, Université catholique de Louvain. He is a graduate in engineering and philosophy, with a PhD in the philosophy of sciences. He is in charge of the direction of the global public goods sub-network of the European REFGOV network (6th Framework Program) and the biodiversity sub-network of Belgian Interuniversity network on democratic governance (IUAPVI). He also is also part of two European projects in the field of the so-called “new commons”, the Communia network on the digital scientific research commons, and the LowInput Breed network on the animal genetic resources commons in Europe. He is currently in charge of preparing a special issue on the governance of the microbial genetic resource commons for the International Journal of the Commons and preparing an edited volume at Oxford University Press on the governance of global environmental commons with contributions from leading scholars such as Charles Perrings, Oran Young and Elinor Ostrom.