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 2, 2020

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

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 […]
March 27, 2020

COVID-19 Relief Package: Can India Tide Over the Crisis?

Within 36 hours of the 21-day lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Union Finance Minister announced a slew of measures to avert economic distress that the COVID-19 pandemic would bring to many. The relief package announced by the […]
March 26, 2020

India’s Healthcare Needs a ‘Healthy’ Balance between Federalism and Decentralisation

With the line of accountability between the State and the Centre regarding healthcare blurring time and again, is a judicious mix of federalism and decentralisation the key to addressing the sector’s woes? The highly decentralised healthcare model of Kerala holds […]
March 24, 2020

India should Tap GIS’ Potential to Combat Contagious Diseases

The prospect of Geographic Information System (GIS) in healthcare is remarkably broad. Its ability to link geography and data unleashes critical information which can guide health researchers, policymakers and medical practitioners to make targeted medical intervention. Although the usage of GIS […]
March 23, 2020

Water Conservation and Agricultural Policies

The agriculture sector in our nation has always enjoyed the privilege of being a vital part of our economic structure and with almost 160 million hectare of land under cultivation, the sector employs the majority of our population. Though the […]
March 23, 2020

COVID-19: How Vulnerable is ‘Kerala Model of Development’?

Malayalees have been quite complacent about the achievements of ‘Kerala Model of Development’. But the COVID-19 outbreak has exposed our vulnerabilities. While acknowledging and appreciating the massive efforts of our government to minimise the damage, it is also worthwhile to […]

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