Instituto de Estudios Peruanos (IEP)

Lima, Peru
Date Established: 
Food & Agriculture
Information & Communication
Social Policy
Think Tank Website: 
Ricardo Cuenca
Executive Director
The IEP leads a national discussion on democratization, governance, and citizenship. It recommends policies to reduce poverty and ensure the inclusion of vulnerable, marginalized groups in the development process.

Instituto de Estudios Peruanos (IEP) is a private institution dedicated to reducing inequalities in Peru. Its research agenda is organized around six themes: rural development and poverty; inequality and economic development; ethnicity, identity and culture; education and inclusion; information society and regulation; and state, politics, and citizen participation.

IEP’s staff is comprised of professionals with extensive experience in research, teaching, public management and consulting for national and international organizations. IEP researchers develop research projects and consultancies in various fields of social sciences, including anthropology, economics, history, education, sociology and politics. The results of this research are disseminated through its profuse editorial work, presentation and discussion of research findings in panel discussions, seminars and forums, and active participation in mass media.

Through its research and consulting activities, IEP develops strategies to overcome obstacles to the development process. This includes developing diagnostics, identifying new approaches, and convening forums to promote dialogue and disseminate proposals. These actions are aimed at finding a balance between economic growth, social equity and strengthening the rights of citizens, institutions and democracy in the country.

IEP has made significant contributions to understanding and proposing solutions to the challenges facing Peru. Its catalogue of nearly 450 published titles is one of the largest and most widely recognized social science editorial productions in Latin American. In addition, it regularly organizes seminars and national and international events on topics related to its research. These efforts have had a decisive impact on academic education of several generations of politicians, academics and professionals in Peru.

Research Areas: 
poverty and rural development
education and social mobility
politics, democracy, and participation: Peru and Latin America
information, communication technologies for development
memory studies
health and inequality
archaeology and ethno-history