Centre for Comparative Studies

The CPPR Centre for Comparative Studies (CCS) aims to conduct in-depth comparative analysis in the fields of Demographics, Education, Health, Poverty, Urbanisation, Governance, Politics, Budgeting, Social and Economic Indicators.

The centre aims to identify current gaps in policies using comparative analysis. Comparative studies involve the analysis and synthesis of the similarities, differences and patterns across two or more cases that share a common focus. It helps in exposing the success or failure of a policy initiative. CCS also seeks to advocate state of the art practice and recommend innovative policy changes to help improve the country’s development process.

This is done using quantitative and qualitative methodologies for primary and secondary data analysis, by drafting data-centric and relevant policy briefs between states within India and between India and other countries (regional, national and international). CCS aims to conduct independent research whilst also partnering with potential stakeholders at both public and private levels to ensure sustainability and the ability to influence policy at various levels.

Advisors

P R Devi Prasad IES

P R Devi Prasad is an Indian Economics Service (IES) officer of the 1982 batch and former Advisor to the Government of India. He has served as the Chief Executive Officer and Director of three organisations during his tenure with the Centre. He has also functioned as Advisor to the Executive Director, International Monetary Fund (IMF). Presently, he is a Research Fellow at the Civil Service Officers Training Centre at Mussourie (LBSNAA), Uttarakhand.

Dr Martin Patrick

Dr Martin Patrick secured his PhD in Applied Economics from Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT), Kochi. He has worked as faculty of Economics in various government colleges. He received post-doctoral training at Tilburg University, Netherlands. He has won the award of Excellence in Education instituted by the Global Society for Health and Educational Growth, New Delhi in 2006. He has completed various projects for ICSSR, CDS, Planning Board (Kerala for UNDP), KILA and GIFT (for World Bank). He has served as the member of graduate and postgraduate board of studies of Calicut University, CUSAT, Kalady University and Kerala University. Presently, he is a Visiting Fellow at Indian Maritime Institute, Ernakulam and Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship, Ernakulam.


See the Posts

April 7, 2020

Will the salary challenge push kerala economy to a demand slump? | #PoliciesonCOVID

When Kerala emerges from the Lock-down, will the salary challenge push the service-sector driven Kerala economy to a demand slump? In the context of the COVID 19, Dr D Dhanuraj, Chairman, CPPR discusses some key facts regarding Kerala Economy.
April 6, 2020

Kerala moves past overseas threat, but fight is not over yet

CPPR Senior Fellow Rijo John comments in a article published in The New Indaian Express on the COVID 19 Is the worst over for Kerala? While that maybe too early to say, though the number of fresh Covid-19 cases  daily […]
April 3, 2020

India’s Lockdown: Partial Success is Total Failure

Democracy is government by discussion. The India Government, in announcing the nationwide lockdown in response to the global coronavirus blitzkrieg, appeared to have rewritten this definition. It now reads: democracy is government by action. This invariably leads to two questions: […]
April 3, 2020

India’s Healthcare System and Response to COVID-19

Swapna Jambhekar The situation has never been so fluid. The number of COVID-19 cases is constantly changing and as new data is collected, responses to the pandemic are evolving. It is still too early to comment on or analyse either […]
April 2, 2020

Time right for fresh survey of guest workers, say experts

CPPR Chairman Dr D Dhanuraj comments in a article published in The Times of India on the guest workers in Kerala. He comments “This is a golden opportunity to improve their living standards. We can also conduct a survey to […]
April 2, 2020

Kerala’s Guest Workers & COVID-19: A nuanced relief approach is the need of the hour

In the wake of COVID-19 spawning a mass exodus of migrant laborers, Kerala saw protests swelling in neighborhoods with high density of guest workers. CPPR Chief Economist Martin Patrick discusses how the relief package to these guest workers needs to […]
March 31, 2020

Will COVID-19 Reshape the Global Health System?

The article tries to look at the need for large-scale investments in the health sector, funding the research and management of pandemics; role and use of artificial intelligence to create a more efficient health system to manage and control pandemics; […]
March 31, 2020

Kerala to monitor all deaths to check community spread

CPPR Senior Fellow Dr Rijo M John comments in a article published in The New Indian Express on COVID-19. KOCHI: In Perhaps the biggest exercise to be undertaken in Kerala since the coronavirus outbreak, the Health Department has decided to monitor […]
March 28, 2020

COVID-19: Time to Review Governance Structure of Global Institutions?

The article looks into the need for reforming and restructuring global institutions like WHO and make them more effective in taking prompt decisions during emergencies like COVID-19 and face new challenges of the twenty-first century.  Today, most nations (over 196) of the world […]