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.


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

October 28, 2020

Panel Discussion on “All-Hazards Approach to Community-Based Disaster Risk Mitigation”

Panel discussion on “All-Hazards Approach to Community-Based Disaster Risk Mitigation.” The  panel, moderated by Dr. D. Dhanuraj, CPPR Chairman, includes  speakers Dr. Muralee Thummarukudy, Chief of Disaster Risk Reduction,  United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP); Dr. Himanshu Grover,  co-director, Institute for Hazard Mitigation and Planning, […]
October 27, 2020

Bihar Assembly Elections 2020: A Trendsetter for Generational Shift in Indian Politics?

As we are getting closer to the first phase of Bihar Assembly Elections 2020, the early advantage that NDA had is being diminished day by day. In this episode of #DecodingthePolls Dr D Dhanuraj (Chairman, Centre for Public Policy Research) […]
October 23, 2020

Virtual Book Launch and Panel Discussion ‘Disaster Preparedness and Management’

Date & Time: October 15, 2020 at 11:00 am Handbook Launched by : Ms Anne Lee Sheshadri Moderator: Dr D Dhanuraj Panellists: Dr Muralee Thummarukudy, Dr Nivedita P Haran IAS (Retd), Dr Himanshu Grover and Dr Shekhar Kuriakose Proceedings Report […]
October 23, 2020

Release of ‘Community Resilience Handbook for Disaster Preparedness and Management’ & Panel Discussion

Centre for Public Policy Research and the U.S. Consulate General, Chennai will launch a ‘Community Resilience Handbook for Disaster Preparedness and Management’ followed by a panel discussion on “All-Hazards Approach to Community-Based Disaster Risk Mitigation.”The panel discussion featured, Dr. Muralee […]
October 22, 2020

A Model to Understand State Action and Individual Responses during COVID-19 Pandemic

A major learning from the spread of COVID-19 in Kerala has been that the State restrictions have only ‘delayed’ the spread of the disease but were unable to ‘stop’ its spread. Was there a single best response scenario which would […]
October 15, 2020

Handbook on disaster management to be launched

US Consulate General, Chennai, in association with the Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR), Kochi, will host the online launch of ‘Community Resilience Handbook for Disaster Preparedness and Management’ at 11am on Thursday. Anne Lee Seshadri, Public Affairs Officer at the […]
October 7, 2020


The Centre for Public Policy Research documented learnings from Kerala’s Model of Crisis Management to identify lessons of policy practices and inform the thinking of policy-makers and key stakeholders to effectively respond to future eventualities. The Project was supported by Omidyar […]
October 1, 2020

India Coronavirus Cases May Be 10 Times Higher Than Official Figure

CPPR Chairman Dr D Dhnauraj comments in a news report published in the News Week on the Corona Virus cases in India. He comments “the newly introduced Feluda [COVID-19] test, which is cheaper and more accurate, could play a major […]
September 22, 2020

“Kerala Dhanakaryam”- Virtual Book Launch and Panel Discussion

The Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR) conducted a virtual launch and panel discussion on the book “Kerala Dhanakaryam”, authored by Dr Jose Sebastian, Senior Fellow (Finance) at CPPR, and a former faculty of Gulati Institute of Finance and Taxation, […]

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