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.



Aravind Anand ShankarAravind Anand Shankar, Operations and Program Associate

BBA from Karnataka University
Chithira_RChithira Rajeevan, Research Assistant

BA Economics from Symbiosis International University
Deepthi (1)Deepthi Mary Mathew, Research Associate, CPPR-Centre for Comparative Studies

MA Economics from University of Kerala, Trivandrum, Kerala
MadhuMadhu S (On a Sabbatical)

BA.LLB (Hons.) from National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi, Kerala
manojManoj Mathew, Policy Project Consultant for Delhi - NCR region

Expertise in Coalition Building & Strategic Partnership Development. Global work experience operating from Philippines and France for 7 years
nimishNimmish Sany, Research Assistant

B.Tech Mechanical Engineering from University of Kerala
RTMRaju T Mathews, Finance Manager

MBA-Finance from Centre for Management Studies, Berhampur, Odisha
SaraSara John P, Project Associate

Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Management from Indian Institute of Rural Managment Anand
sherrySherylene Shamina Rafeeque,
Consultant Editor/Media Relations Associate

Master of Fine Arts in Visual Media
from Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore


Senior Fellow 

Rijo (1)Dr Rijo John, Senior Fellow
Masters in Economics from the University of Hyderabad in 2001 and PhD in Development Studies from the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research,Mumbai in 2007. He did a Post-Doctoral Fellowship from the University of California San Francisco and has held full time academic positions at the University of Illinois Chicago and the American Cancer Society, Atlanta, USA.
Rijo M. John is an economist and public health policy analyst who independently consults for Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids (CTFK), Washington, DC,Public Health Foundation of India, New Delhi, and World Health Organization, New Delhi among others in the area of economics of tobacco control. He’s also a Member of Tobacco Policy Research Program at the East Tennessee State University, TN, USA.


Gazi Hassan, Research

M.Phil in International Studies from Jamia Millia Islamia University and Masters in Conflict Analysis and Peace Building from Nelson Mandela Center for  Peace and Conflict from JMI

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

Ipsita Mishra, Research

LLB  from National Law University, Orissa

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

Salahuddin Ayyub, Research

Ph.D in International Trade from MMAJ Academy of International Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. M.Phil in International Studies, Academy of Third World Studies, JMI and a M.A in Economics from JMI

Saritha Varma, HR

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

Saranya Saundrarajan, Research  

Master of Urban and Rural Planning from IIT, Roorkee in 2016. As part of the course, she completed her India IIT Master Sandwich Program-DAAD at Technische Universitat Berlin