Centro de pensamiento e investigación en ciencias sociales

About IEP

The Institute for Peruvian Studies (El Instituto de Estudios Peruanos – IEP) is a private center specializing in high-quality research, teaching and dissemination of social studies in Peru and Latin America. Since is foundation, IEP has maintained its core mission to contribute to analysis and debate on fundamental issues for development and national life by drawing on the best quality research in social science from across the region and internationally.

Created in 1964 by a group of prominent intellectuals – including José Matos Mar, José María Arguedas, Luis E. Valcárcel, María Rostworowski, John Murra and Aníbal Quijano – IEP strengthened its academic prestige in 1970 when it played host to the XXXIX International Congress of Americanists. Between the end of the 70s and the mid-80s, the publications “Classes, State and Nation” (“Clases, Estado y nación”) by Julio Cotler, “The History of Tahuantinsuyu” (“Historia del Tahuantinsuyu”) by Rostworowski and “Civil Unrest and State Crisis” (“Desborde popular y crisis del Estado”) by Matos Mar provided important reflections on recent events in Peru and influenced public opinion.

With almost fifty years experience, IEP is considered among academia as a center of excellence for the high-quality of its research and publications and for the permanent contributions made by its staff specialized in anthropology, sociology, history, political science, economics, linguistics, archeology and ethno-history to debates on development, democracy and diversity in Peru. The center has published over 450 titles in 22 thematic series, recognized for their contribution to social sciences in Latin America. Furthermore, the IEP library is one of the most comprehensive of its kind in Peru.

IEP thematic series:

  1. Water and Society
  2. American Current Affairs
  3. Economic Analysis
  4. Short Collection
  5. Popular Collection
  6. Education and Society
  7. Rural Society Studies
  8. Ethnological Studies in the Chancay Valley
  9. Historical Studies
  10. Studies into Inequality
  11. Resources and Research on Peruvian History
  12. Andean History
  13. Ideology and Politics
  14. Childhood and Society
  15. Contemporary Views
  16. Language and Society
  17. Mining and Society
  18. Miscellaneous
  19. Peruvian Current Affairs
  20. Health and Society
  21. Urbanization, Migration and Changes in Peruvian Society
  22. Tourism
  23. Views on Education
  24. Economic History
  25. Art and Society
  26. Discussion Points (“Argumentos”) (IEP’s social analysis magazine)

IEP brings together professionals of all ages with distinct work experiences from different branches of the social sciences to undertake multidisciplinary studies applying a range of approaches with the aim of enhancing understanding of Peruvian society. Some of IEP’s principal researchers possess experience working in technical, managerial and leading positions within different government agencies (for example the Ministry for Women, the Ministry for Home Affairs and, currently, the Ministry for Development and Social Inclusion). IEP researchers also made notable contributions to the production of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Final Report.

With the aim of cultivating learning and social awareness, IEP encourages a plurality of ideas and inter-generational collaboration. Likewise, the centre provides an environment where representatives from the public sector, academia, civil society, and the general public come together to exchange lessons in international and national conferences, events and working groups. IEP actively promotes improvements in teaching of social sciences by organizing training courses and educational outreach programs which provide incentives and support for research work and for the professional development of young researchers.

IEP divides its work into three areas: Democratic governance; Inequality and poverty, and; Cultural Diversity. IEP research is promoted and disseminated via different networks and consortia, such as the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO), the Economic and Social Research Consortium (CIES), the Network for the Development of Social Science (la Red para el Desarrollo de las Ciencias Sociales), the Citizen’s Agenda Group (el Grupo Propuesta Ciudadana) and the Permanent Seminar for Agricultural Research (SEPIA).

IEP carries out research and other activities that further the institution’s strategic program and project aims by addressing enduring issues from cutting-edge, critical and multidisciplinary perspectives. These issues include popular culture, migration, regional economies, political violence, education, decentralization, the State and democratic institutions.

Over recent years, IEP has been advocating for a new approach to addressing inequality in Peru through its program entitled “Between Achieving Development and Increasing Inequality” (2009 to 2012). Throughout the program, IEP held discussion workshops and published a series of books on key issues. The research focuses on investigating territorial inequalities and social mobility through a number of multidisciplinary projects carried out among IEP researchers, some of which are still underway.