About Us

Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR) is a think tank dedicated to extensive and in-depth research on current economic, social, and political issues. We study public policies with a dedicated, objective, and an unbiased approach. We strive to initiate policy changes by publishing our research and by framing policy debates and discussions on various subjects. Our research areas include Governance, Education, Health, Law, Livelihood, Strategy & Security and Urban Reforms. We have carried out research projects and worked on policy papers for government bodies, private institutions, and academia; many of which have had a profound impact at the governance level. CPPR has a good research team comprising of professionals from different fields of expertise and resource persons from across the world. Research internship is another key activity of CPPR. CPPR produces working papers in various fields. Innovative policy solutions and ideas that are in sync with global technological revolutions and entrepreneurship are the key components of our policy research.

Vision and Mission


CPPR aims to be a thought leader which is able to design and execute practical strategies that lead to changes in public policy and governance. The Centre is dedicated to the principles of liberal thought, democracy, rule of law and economic freedom with a focus on equity, efficiency and effectiveness.


CPPR’s mission is to conduct and promote high-quality evidence based research and training; provide government bodies, private organizations, and academic institutions with practical and innovative recommendations; and influence decision-making.

CPPR is committed to the following goals:

  • Promote research entrepreneurship and establish the centre as a knowledge based resource storehouse.
  • Work as a policy think tank that develops and promotes alternative solutions to issues concerned with the society.
  • Focus on information dissemination, capacity building and technology exposure by organizing seminars, workshops and dialogues.
  • Strengthen democratic institutions to enable coherent, reasoned and consistent policy formulation leading to better quality of life of every citizen.
  • Popularize liberal values, promote civil liberties and protect human rights.
  • Empower women and youth through sustainable community development programs.
  • Provide platform for every citizen to engage in political dialogue and democratic process.
  • Conduit the emergence of young leaders.
  • Work towards achieving global peace, harmony and cooperation through collaborating with like minded individuals, groups and organizations at the national and international levels.



AravindAravind Anand Shankar, Operations and Program Associate

BBA from Karnataka University
Deepthi (1)Deepthi Mary Mathew, Research Associate, CPPR-Centre for Comparative Studies

MA Economics from University of Kerala, Trivandrum, Kerala
LekshmiDr Lekshmi R Nair, Centre Manager, CPPR- Centre for Comparative Studies

PhD in Economics, M. Phil in Applied Economics from JNU/CDS Trivandrum and Masters in Statistics
MadhuMadhu S, Director (Research and Projects)

BA.LLB (Hons.) from National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi, Kerala
MinnaMinna Joseph, Director (HR and Operations)

Masters in Social Work from Nirmala Niketan, Mumbai, Maharashtra
RTMRaju T Mathews, Finance Manager

MBA-Finance from Centre for Management Studies, Berhampur, Odisha
SeppiSeppi Sebastian, Executive Director (Co-Founder)

Masters in Human Resources Management (CIPD) and M.A in Political Science
vinny (1)Vinny Davis, Managing Associate, CPPR-Centre for Strategic Studies

MPhil in Political and International Relations, from School of International Relations and Politics, MG University, Kerala and MA Politics and International Relations from Pondicherry University, Puducherry



Dr Gopinath Panangad, Projects 

MSW and Phd and Former Executive Director, Kerala State Literacy Mission and Former Special Private Secretary to Minister for Tourism, Fisheries and Excise, Government of Kerala

Jithin Paul Varghese, Legal 

BA.LLB (Hons.) from National University of Advances Legal Studies, Kochi, Kerala

Lakshmi Ramamurthy, Market Analyst

MA in Econometrics from University of Madras, Chennai and Research Analyst in Frost & Sullivan (Formerly)

Dr Martin Patrick, Chief Economist

MA(Economics),  MPhil (Applied Economics),  PhD  (Applied Economics)

Rahul V Kumar, Research

M.Phil in International Relations, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and Masters in Economics from the Central University of Hyderabad and PhD scholar in Applied Economics at the Centre for Development Studies (CDS), Trivandrum, Kerala

Raj Cherubal, Urban

Founding Director of Chennai City Connect Foundation, Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Saritha Varma, HR

MBA-Human Resources Management from Christ University, Bangalore, Karnataka