As a policy-engaged research initiative focused on issues of inclusion, we believe that every life is shaped by institutions, from the family to the economy to the state. Through our work, we ask which policies build institutions that enable economies and societies, where everyone can access economic opportunities.
We believe that inclusion must be intentional and that inclusion occurs when institutions distribute power equitably, rather than in ways that reinforce exclusion and bias. We aim to identify how policy can promote inclusive and accountable institutions, economies and societies and how citizens- including the vulnerable and marginalised- can influence political and economic systems to ensure that they are responsive to their needs, now and in the future.
Gender is a significant social determinant that profoundly influences inclusion and economic participation and opportunity. Social norms as well as gender gaps in access to and use of technology constrain women from accessing economic opportunities at the same level as men. Through our research, we investigate how social policy can bridge gender gaps and promote women’s engagement with paid work and if policy can help shift social norms.
Climate change is one of the biggest challenges of our times and disproportionately affects marginalized communities, in adaptation and mitigation. Through our research, we ask how technological tools can help alert vulnerable populations to extreme weather events and how we can improve accountability for climate change mitigation in the public sector.
Despite being designed to be inclusive, political and economic structures frequently fall short in providing citizens with equitable access to services and adequate political representation. Our research focuses on identifying solutions that can empower citizens to hold their leaders accountable. We also seek to ensure equitable and reliable access to public goods, while addressing the specific needs and well-being of marginalized populations.