The Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (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. Our research approach emphasizes:

  • Community focus
  • Global insights
  • Collaborative practice

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.