2015-18 Strategic Plan

(We are revamping our website for fall 2015)
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About us

We are a research center of the Office of the Vice Provost for Research at Indiana University. We study how governance can solve societal problems.

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    The Ostrom Workshop was founded over four decades ago by Vincent Ostrom (1919-2012) and Elinor Ostrom (1933-2012). Vincent and Elinor (Lin) believed that ideas and theories must be considered through the lens of experience—that the critical connection is between ideas and what gets done, an approach that continues to this day.

  • 2009

    Nobel Prize

    Lin Ostrom is awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences "for her analysis of economic governance, especially the commons."

  • 2014-15

    Expansion Plans

    Provost Robel charges the Ostrom Workshop to build upon the legacy of Vincent and Lin Ostrom with an expanded set of governance research programs.


Here are a few highlights about our recent work and major events.

New Director

Last fall the Ostrom Workshop welcomed a new director, Lee J. Alston, who also has an appointment as Professor of Economics in the College of Arts and Sciences.

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New Strategic Plan

We just completed our strategic planning process! Thanks to OVPR for its guidance and support, and to everyone else who offered feedback, especially members of the Strategic Planning Committee.

Download 2015-2018 strategic plan

New WAF Guidelines

We are providing more opportunities for Workshop affiliated faculty (WAF) to be directly involved in the implementation of our strategic plan. If you are interested in being affiliated during AY 2015-2016, please download the document below, which includes a fillable application form due by the end of July.

Download WAF guidelines


The Provost's blog will soon be featuring our ongoing summer activities. Make sure to follow the blog to get a peek as we start implementing our new strategic plan.

(Coming soon)


We periodically publish a newsletter with various announcements and reports to keep local and external affiliates informed about our activities.

Download June 2015 newsletter

Ostrom Workshop Library

The Ostrom Workshop Library is the premier resource for study on the commons, institutions, and collective action. Please click on the link below if you need access during summer 2015.

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Contact Us

The Ostrom Workshop

513 N. Park Avenue

Bloomington, IN 47408-3895

Phone: 812-855-0441

FAX: 812-855-3150

Email: workshop@indiana.edu