The Lincoln Institute's work is organized in five major areas: Planning and Urban Form, Valuation and Taxation, International and Institute-Wide Initiatives, the People's Republic of China, and Latin America and the Caribbean.

The Department of Planning and Urban Form addresses major global challenges with its work in Urban Development, Land Conservation, and the Intermountain West.
The Department of Valuation and Taxation seeks to inform public decision-making on land-related tax issues through research, teaching, and data-gathering.
International and Institute-Wide Initiatives manages institute-wide projects and campaigns at the Lincoln Institute, including the campaign to promote municipal fiscal health.
The China Program explores issues and challenges relating to land and taxation policy in China with a focus on rapid urban development, fundamental land policy and tax reform.
Building on experience in the region since 1993, the Program’s efforts in seven core areas are supported by an evolving network of scholars and practitioners in Latin America.