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

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.

Student Debt Relief Is a Big Deal

I borrowed modestly, worked on campus, and still had to skip meals to make loan payments — and I was one of the lucky ones.

Schools Won’t Be Safe Until Lawmakers Respect Students

Lawmakers are filling schools with police and viciously targeting students and teachers. How are kids supposed to learn?

Rep. Jamie Raskin on Chile’s Proposed New, More Equitable and Democratic Constitution

The Maryland Democrat draws from his constitutional scholarship in analyzing the proposal that will be on the September 4 ballot in Chile.

Reproductive Rights Must Include Environmental Justice

Many of the people most impacted by abortion bans are also most impacted by pollution.

Want More Teachers? Start Valuing Education

Too many lawmakers are happy to dole out subsidies for the rich and corporations while resisting pay increases for educators.