Centre for Socio-economic and Environmental Studies (CSES), established in 1996, is an independent, non-profit organization for promoting policy and action oriented research, consultancy and training programmes. The Centre seeks to fill a critical gap between the academic world on the one hand and the policy makers, opinion shapers and the general public on the other. It positions itself as non-partisan think tank and strives to sensitise public opinion and policy makers through working papers, issue briefs, fact sheets, seminars/workshops/conferences and the print and broadcast media. Our strengths include a multi-disciplinary team of researchers and eminent visiting scholars; well trained and experienced field team across South India and Lakshadweep Islands; and excellent rapport with Government, Industry, NGOs and opinion makers and. The Centre and its library serve as a Resource Centre for students, researchers, teachers, journalists and the general public.
CSES undertakes interdisciplinary, applied research that addresses social and economic issues. The Centre has been engaged in research in the areas of public finance, decentralisation, governance and service delivery, education, health, demography/migration, gender studies, industry and natural resource management for more than two decades. It has completed many projects funded by World Bank, UNICEF, Reserve Bank of India, CSIR-NISCAIR, IIPS, Centre for Development Studies, NUEPA, IAMR, CARE India, ICSSR, Lenard Cheshire Disability, Action Aid, SSA, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, VV Giri National Labour Institute, different Ministries of the Government of India and different departments of the Government of Kerala etc. CSES has in the past conducted several studies without any funding support. Such research is conducted on issues we consider as priority concerns of the society.
CSES is empanelled as a National Level Monitor by the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India. The Centre is empanelled by different departments of the Government of Kerala for undertaking various activities- for undertaking evaluation studies by the Kerala State Planning Board; for project report preparation and preparation of watershed development plans by the Department Rural Development; River bank mapping and sand auditing by the Institute of Land and Disaster Management; Opinion surveys by the Information and Public Relations Department. CSES is also a network centre of the outreach programme of the Indian Institute of Remote Sensing.
In 2018, CSES established a dedicated unit in one of its priority areas- Gender Issues. The CSES– Gender Research Unit (CSES-GRU) aspires to examine how gender shapes people’s lives, experiences, knowledge and possibilities in different social, economic, cultural, political and institutional settings. GRU also aims to strengthen gender research and to promote well-informed, evidence-based policy reforms. GRU plans to build a network among scholars, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other development partners, working on the theme of gender. It plans to organise seminars, workshops, and talk for research scholars, grass root level organisations, members of women’s organisations, and the general public to examine and understand how gender operates in everyday lives. The Unit also aims to conduct capacity building programmes for research scholars and students to equip them to undertake gender research.