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Last modified: Thursday, June 11, 2009

Indiana University professor receives Germany's Reimar Lüst Award

June 11, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University political scientist Elinor Ostrom is one of two recipients of the 2009 Reimar Lüst Award for International Scholarly and Cultural Exchange, which recognizes humanities and social-science scholars for contributions to cultural and academic relations with Germany.

Elinor Ostrom

Elinor Ostrom

Valued at 50,000 euros, the award is granted jointly by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The other winner this year is Roland Recht, professor of medieval and modern European art at the Collège de France in Paris.

Ostrom is the Arthur F. Bentley Professor of Political Science and co-founder and co-director of the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis at Indiana University Bloomington. She is one of the world's leading scholars in the field of institutional analysis, specializing in the study of collective goods such as groundwater resources, fishing grounds and forests or grazing land. In her analyses, she emphasizes that local institutions should be considered alongside state regulations or market mechanisms in addressing problems of the resource economy.

Ostrom has been responsible for inviting many German guest researchers to the United States. She will continue a joint research project with Konrad Hagedorn from Berlin's Humboldt University.

The award is named for Reimar Lüst , the former president of the Humboldt Foundation. Two awards are granted each year, and the award winners are invited to Germany to meet colleagues and exchange ideas. Ostrom will lecture on "Collective Action and the Commons" June 19 at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management in Germany.

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation enables more than 1,900 researchers from all over the world to spend time researching in Germany each year. It maintains a network of approximately 23,000 scholars from all disciplines in 130 countries worldwide, including 41 Nobel Prize winners.

The Fritz Thyssen Foundation promotes research and scholarship at universities and research establishments, focusing on the fields of the humanities and biomedicine.