About Us


The Ostrom Workshop will serve as a campus asset for all social scientists and help the social sciences play a more prominent role in the future of Indiana University (see introductory video below).

What We Do

The Ostrom Workshop focuses on the study of governance as it relates to a variety of research areas. As of August 2016, we have established, or are in the process of establishing, three research programs: natural resources; economic, legal, and political development; and Internet and cybersecurity. Over the next three years, we plan to add other programs, including governance of financial organizations; international organizations; public health; and education.

We seek to leverage the knowledge produced both within and across research programs in order to enhance educational opportunities for students at IU and worldwide, produce innovative and policy-relevant research, and increase the scope for multidisciplinary collaborations.

Strategic Plan

Our Goals

Funding Sources/Endowment

The Ostrom Workshop relies on a three-pronged approach to funding: university funds, the Ostrom Workshop’s endowments, and external grants. On average, university funds make up roughly one-third of the Ostrom Workshop’s annual budget. These varied sources of funding enable the Ostrom Workshop to engage in a wide range of activities, and to sustain its research interests over time.

In addition to university funding, the Ostrom Workshop draws on its endowments, the largest of which is the Tocqueville Fund for the Study of Human Institutions. The Workshop also receives generous support from a number of external granting agencies such as the National Science Foundation, US Department of Agriculture, International Livestock Research Institute, and VERITAS Fund for Higher Education Reform (Tocqueville Lecture Series).

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