Advancing Worker Justice through Research

The IRLE is committed to conducting participatory research, critical education, and public service to build on our strong record of engagement with the diverse communities of Los Angeles.

IRLE faculty and staff conduct rigorous, social science research that is applied, policy-driven, and participatory, to improve worker rights and elevate labor standards, create jobs that are good for communities, and strengthen immigrant and civil rights, especially for students and youth. Our research agenda focuses on the following areas: 

  • Immigration 
  • Economic justice 
  • Young workers 
  • Black employment 
  • The future of work and worker organizing
  • Labor and working-class history
  • Global solidarity
  • Workplace occupational safety and health

Our reports and briefs are available for download on our Publications page and through eScholarship.

Archived Research