International Political Economy of Resources (IPER) is an emerging academic sub-field of political science, with a growing community of scholars, students, practitioners, and stakeholders. As an applied social science, IPER synthesizes analyses and methodologies of anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, and sociology in order to better understand the nexus of economics and politics in global matters relating to the competition over scarce resources.

IPER considers the dynamics of the global political economy, natural resources, and energy policy through the perspective of both state and non-state actors and influences. IPER is germane to stakeholders invested in finding solutions to problems involving natural resources in the greater contexts of international development, energy policy, the extractive industries, food security, human rights, climate change, and international law. The sub-field’s contributions to the collective understanding of and ability to address global resource issues are critical, and will become even more sanguine as competition over resources intensifies.

International Political Economy of Resources (IPER)

Global IPER community


Global IPER community

IPER Resource and issue areas


Resource and issue areas

IPER Bibliographies - Scholarly work


Scholarly work

Syllabi  IPER-related courses


IPER-related courses

Conferences  Collaborative academic meetings


Collaborative academic meetings

Programs  IPER study opportunities


IPER study opportunities



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