Institute for Political Ecology

Institute for Political Ecology (short:IPE, original Croatian name: Institut za političku ekologiju) is a Zagreb (Croatia) based research and educational organisation, which aspires to shape alternative development models and innovative democratic solutions for political and economic transformations of society.[1]

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TypePublic policy think tank
HeadquartersPREOBRAŽENSKA 2, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
Vedran Horvat

IPE focuses on relations between contemporary ecological changes as social phenomena and social inequalities and power relations, but also "designs alternative development models and innovative institutional frameworks for democratic political and economic transformation of society" and self-describes as "a dynamic and diverse group driving, supporting and shaping change towards ecologically sustainable, just and democratic society."[2] Some of the its key topics in recent years were: climate-justice, commons, degrowth and femization of politics.[3]

IPE does transdisciplinary research, publishes work and runs educational programs in cooperation with domestic and international institutions and organisations. It runs the biggest (regular and periodical since 2010) Green Academy (Croatia) event[4] in the region and one of the most prominent in Europe. IPE provides expertise and establishes discussion platform for social movements and political and economic actors in Croatia, South-East and Central Europe, advocating ecologically sustainable, just and democratic society.

IPE is associate member of Green European Foundation, has strong ties to Heinrich Böll Foundation and numerous partnerships and collaborations with other foundations, including Open Society Foundations and Rosa Luxemburg Foundation. IPE's networks include from international academic researchers to (trans)-local municipal, commons focused or green-activists like Green Action and Friends of the Earth Europe.

IPE's was founded 10.06.2014 and soon became active[5] with around 20 team members (includes junior researchers and fellows[6]), an academic council and managing board with director Vedran Horvat.


  1. ^ "Institute for Political Ecology". Green European Foundation. Retrieved 2020-08-22.
  2. ^ "About IPE".
  3. ^ Roth, Laura; Baird, Kate Shea. "Municipalism and the Feminization of Politics". ROAR Magazine. Retrieved 2020-08-22.
  4. ^ Caucaso, Osservatorio Balcani e. "Croatia: the challenge of degrowth". OBC Transeuropa (in Italian). Retrieved 2020-08-22.
  5. ^ "Osnovan Institut za političku ekologiju – Pučka pravobraniteljica" (in Croatian). Retrieved 2020-08-22.
  6. ^ "Institute for Political Ecology: IPE JUNIOR FELLOWSHIP 2018 – Universitas" (in Croatian). Retrieved 2020-08-22.

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