IPE looks at climate change, the most important environmental problem, through a social lens. Like other forms of environmental change, climate change increases social inequalities, both globally and at country level, which further affects power relations in society.
Through its research work, IPE wants to contribute to the “greening” of unsustainable economic policies. Those are the policies that at the same time open new jobs and reduce the overall ecological footprint.
IPE explores and popularizes the existing models of shared resources management, and proposes new models for joint management of resources to ensure environmental sustainability and social justice.
Public services such as water supply, electricity and transport are key to environmental sustainability, as well as the social inclusion of citizens. IPE explores models of democratization of public services in order to correct the shortcomings of public management and prevent the privatization of public services.
There is a significant scientific and activist production of research topics under the degrowth umbrella, such as limiting economic growth, alternatives to the modernization theory of development, deepening democracy, the social role of science and technology, the necessity of leaving capitalism and designing institutional innovations such as the minimum guaranteed income, solidarity economy or alternative currencies.
IPE’s research work also focuses on critical analyses of international trade agreements such as TTIP (CETA, TISA, etc.) and their implications for wider ecosystems and societies. Apart from inspecting the impact of such agreements on the environment and the risks of nature financialization, IPE also pays special attention to the impact of such agreements on changes in the public service sector.