IGRI Research Seminar

The IGRI hosts a monthly virtual research seminar that features presentations by scholars from around the world interested in examining the antecedents, structure, and implications of institutional design leveraging the Institutional Grammar.

The seminars are held on the first Tuesday of every month from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern time at the Zoom links listed with each individual seminar. Seminars are typically recorded and posted to the IGRI YouTube Channel.

See below for the schedule of speakers and topics (upcoming & past).


January 4: Seemi Waheed, School of Governance and Society, University of Management and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan
Zoom link:

Past events


December 7: Leander Bindewald, Independent researcher and consultant
Topic: The grammar of money – ADICO analysis of central banks’ monetary ontologies
Seminar video recording available here.

November 2: Aaron Lien, Liz Baldwin, and Tom Evans, University of Arizona
Topic: A national database of state and county level non-pharmaceutical intervention policies to mitigate the spread of COVID-19
Seminar video recording available here.

October 5: Matia Vannoni, King’s College London, Department of Political Economy, PERICLES, and IGRI affiliate, and Moritz Osnabrügge, Durham University, School of Government and International Affairs
Does the Quality of Legislation Increase Compliance? Using natural language processing (NLP) to Measure Complexity and Ambiguity in Legal Texts

September 7: Silvana Peralta, National Ministry of the Environment, Paraguay
Topic: Adapting the grammar of institutions to study constitutive statements: The case of forest laws in Paraguay
Seminar video recording available here.

August 3: Summer break – no seminar

July 6: Mahasweta Chakraborti, University of California, Davis
Topic: Extracting institutional statements in open source software development
Seminar video recording available here.

June 4: Christopher M. Weible and Tanya Heikkila, University of Colorado Denver
Topic: Using the Institutional Grammar to Analyze Public Policy
Related literature: Weible, et al. (2020) and Heikkila et al. (2021)
Seminar video recording available here.

May 7: Ute Brady, Syracuse University
Topic: Regulative Monitoring & Enforcement Institutional Design in International Conservation Governance: A Comparison Across Four Treaty Regimes
Seminar video recording available here.

April 2: Jacob Bower-Bir, Indiana University
Topic: Desert as an Emergent Social Institution
Related literature, Working paper_1, Working paper_2
Seminar video recording available here.

March 5: Claire Dunlop and Jonathan Kamkhaji, University of Exeter, United Kingdom; Claudio Radaelli and Gaia Taffoni, European University Institute, Florence, Italy.
Topic: The Institutional Grammar Tool Meets The Narrative Policy Framework: Narrating Institutional Statements in Consultation
Research paper
Seminar video recording available here.

February 5: Lynne Westphal, Ph.D., U.S. Forest Service
Topic: People Don’t Talk in Institutional Statements: Applying the Grammar to Interview Data in an Ecological Restoration Context
Seminar video recording available here.

January 19 Special Event (12-1:30 pm Eastern/New York)
Topic: “Advancing Institutional Theory & Analysis: Current Initiatives Extending the Ostrom Research Agenda”
Moderator: Edella Schlager (University of Arizona)
Presenters: Tine de Moor (Institutions for Collective Action/Erasmus University, The Netherlands); Marco Janssen (Center for Behavior, Institutions, and the Environment (CBIE)/Arizona State University); John Anderies (Library on Governance of Social-Ecological Systems/Arizona State University); Scott Shackelford (Ostrom Workshop/Indiana University); Saba Siddiki (IGRI/Syracuse University). Flyer
Event video recording available here

January 8: Marcello Ceci, Université du Luxembourg
Topic: Constitutive Rules as Institutional Statements
Seminar video recording available here.


December 4: Edella Schlager, University of Arizona & Tomás Olivier, Florida Atlantic University
Topic: Institutional Design Using the Institutional Grammar & Social Network Analysis
Seminar video recording available here.

November 6: Christopher Frantz, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and Saba Siddiki, Syracuse University.
Topic: Constitutive Statement Syntax under the Institutional Grammar 2.0.
Seminar video recording available here.

October 23: Saba Siddiki, Syracuse University, Matia Vannoni, King’s College London, Scott Emery, M.S. Hall & Associates. Special Event: Moving Beyond the Lectern: Bridging Science and Practice toward Better Policy Design — Scientist-Practitioner Dialogue. Event Flyer.

October 2: Bartek Pielinski and Anna Kurowska, University of Warsaw
Topic: Social Rights and the Institutional Grammar. Is the Institutional Analysis and Development Framework useful for Researching Social Policy?

September 4: Janis Geary, Arizona State University
Topic: Applying the Institutional Grammar to Study the Impact of Heterogeneity in a Global Knowledge Commons

August 7: Amineh Ghorbani, Delft University of Technology
Topic: Institutional Modeling

July 3: Aaron Deslatte, Indiana University
Topic: Using the Institutional Grammar to Study Transition Dynamics in Integrated Urban Water Systems

June 5: Charlie Schweik, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Topic: Cross-Organizational Collaboration on Institutional Grammar Research and Development:  A Peer-Production Alliance

May 8: Chris Weible and Tanya Heikkila, University of Colorado Denver
Topic: Targeted Action Situations of Environmental Governance: How Actors, Issues, and Rules Connect and Partition California’s Oil and Gas Policy Landscape

April 3: Seth Frey, University of California Davis
Topic: Compositional Game Theory Offers a Formal Theory and Computational Implementation of Interlinked Action Situations

March 6: Doug Rice, University of Massachusetts Amherst 
Topic: Machine Coding with the Institutional Grammar

February 7: Saba Siddiki, Syracuse University 
Topic: Institutional Grammar 2.0: An Introduction