Current Trends in Latin American Commons Research

Little is known, in a collective sense, about commons or commons research across the diverse regions and countries that make up Latin America. This paper addresses that knowledge gap by means of a review of communal land tenure data for the region, followed by a detailed analysis of international scholarly publications and conference presentations on Latin American commons, covering the period 1990–2012. We show that commons scholarship in the region, while growing, is focused on a relatively small number of countries. We speculate on the reasons for this, as well as identify the challenges that face commons researchers in Latin America as it looks to maximise the academic and policy impact of their work.