Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy (CSSE&IP)

Established under the University Grants Commission XI Plan, the Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy (CSSE&IP) at the Gokhale Institute Of Politics And Economics (GIPE) is a multi-disciplinary centre that conducts research and teaching in the areas of social exclusion, studies on discrimination, and inclusive policy. The key objective of the Centre is to conceptualise and problematise discrimination, exclusion and inclusion based on caste, ethnicity and religion.

The Centre focuses on developing an understanding of the nature and dynamics of social exclusion and discrimination, at the theoretical and empirical levels. The Centre also focuses on collaborative research and activities with non-governmental organisations working for marginalised sections of society. One of the important objectives of the Centre is to disseminate knowledge and sensitise the public at large on patterns of discrimination and exclusion through public lectures and interactions.

Year of establishment: 2008
Financing agency: University Grants Commission
Number of research staff: 5
Number of completed projects: 35
Number of ongoing projects: 10

The Centre broadly works on the following research areas:

  • Seasonal migration and exclusion
  • Caste and exclusion
  • Tribes and exclusion
  • Urban informal sector workers and exclusion
  • Gender discrimination, especially health, and exclusion
  • Assessment of schemes and programmes for inclusion
  • Financial inclusion of marginalised groups
  • Housing for urban poor and affordability
  • Rural poor, inclusion and economics of discrimination