The Centre for Socio-economic and Environmental Studies (CSES) was established in 1996 by a group of researchers, social activists and management experts, recognising the critical disconnect between the academic world, policymaking, and the public in Kerala. Over the years, CSES sought to bridge this gap by taking up policy-oriented research and generating informed public opinion. Since its formation, CSES has consistently and diligently studied the trajectory of Kerala’s development, be it decentralisation, centre-state finances, reforms in education, governance, labour and migration, or water resource management, to mention a few. Across domains, CSES research has also consciously focussed on marginalised communities, dynamics of marginalisation and creation of inclusive societies. CSES has also evolved as a partner institution for conducting national large sample surveys across South India and the Lakshadweep Islands, and as a resource centre for training and technical services. As we look back at our eventful 25 years journey, we invite fellow researchers, academicians, and organisations to join us to revisit our major works, events, and associations with stalwarts.