Leading the world in commons and governance research

The Ostrom Workshop is where the world's top academics, lawyers, economists, policymakers, political scientists, urban and rural developers, and dozens of other disciplines come together. It was founded at Indiana University in 1973 by Nobel laureate Elinor Ostrom and her husband, Vincent. Here, professionals and researchers come together to share solutions to the world’s most pressing problems involving communal and contested resources—from clean water to secure cyberspace.

Elinor Ostrom

One of the reasons we called this place a workshop instead of a center was because...the whole idea of artisans and apprentices and the structure of a good workshop really made an impression on us.

Elinor Ostrom, on the founding of the Workshop

50+Years of groundbreaking research on governance and the commons.

7There are 7 interdisciplinary research program areas

200+Researchers, students, and other collaborators working with us around the world.