Our Work

At IPS, our work is centered in our vision: we believe everyone has a right to thrive on a planet where all communities are equitable, democratic, peaceful, and sustainable. Our intersecting programs and initiatives, led by a diverse group of expert staff and associate fellows, are helping to shape progressive movements toward this vision.

Latest Work

A Voice at the United Nations the World Needs to Hear

The UN’s secretary-general is speaking truth – about inequality — to our world’s leaders.

Can’t Beat the Heat? Blame Inequality

Why poor neighborhoods are often hotter than rich neighborhoods — and what to do about it.

Isn’t It Time to Challenge the Growth Paradigm?

The planet is running out of resources, and humanity is living beyond its means.

The First Billionaire To Become UK’s King

We expected Charles to get the crown. We didn’t expect him to make a billion-dollar fortune first.

Making Earth the Shareholder

Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard, a reluctant billionaire, puts company in trust devoted to address ecological crisis.

Not Playing Around: Video Game Testers Aim to Unionize

The unionization trend in the video game industry continues with workers at an Activision Blizzard King studio.

IPS Brief: Mining Companies Use Trade Agreements to Attack Indigenous Rights in Colombia and Beyond

With our allies, we’ve prepared a legal brief to support the Wayúu people’s rights to water, health, and food sovereignty in Colombia.

Learning from Gorbachev’s Failures

As we address the climate emergency, what lessons can we extract from Gorbachev’s efforts to transform the Soviet Union?

The Human Cost of LGBTQ Book Bans

Banning kids from learning about themselves and each other isn’t just ineffective — it’s cruel.

Remembering Barbara Ehrenreich

The acclaimed author and activist had a 40-year history with the Institute for Policy Studies, first as a staff member and later as a project leader and board member.