The Centre for Social Sciences and Humanities of New Delhi carries out research projects in the field of social sciences that contribute towards a better understanding of the contemporary dynamics of development in India, in the regional and international context.
 
Politics and Society
The researches conducted under this section focus on the complexities of the Indian society after liberalization. Special attention is thus given to the new reconfigurations of the political, economic, cultural and social realms and to the way these four spheres interfere one with another. With strong grounding in sociology and in political science, the researchers of this division cover areas such as the analysis of the Indian stratification system, the impact of political and administrative reforms, the role of identity-based dynamics in politics, the evolution in practices of democracy, the study of social movements, the spatial inscription of inequalities, the study of lifestyles and socialization processes, the study of Indian educational system and educational policies and other issues.
 
Risks and Territorial Dynamics
Head : Eric Daudé

This research area focuses on technological, environmental and sanitary risks and their evolutions keeping in view major spatial dynamics in India at different scales (densification and urban growth, regional migration and daily mobility, land-use and land-cover change etc.). We cover a wide range of themes related to the identification and analysis of health risks (urbanization and epidemics, mobility and road accidents, food supply and non-communicable disease), technological risks (industrial events, urban pollution and public health) and environmental risks (flood, earthquake and human vulnerability). Studies are based on crisis analysis (Dengue epidemics in Delhi), evaluation of public policies and private initiatives on risk prevention (prevention plan and use of new communication technologies).
 
Globalisation and Regulation
Head : Leïla Choukroune

At a time of profound transformation of the economic and political landscape by the forces of globalisation, the need for regulation has never been so evident.

Adopting a genuine multidisciplinary approach blending law, economics, political sciences and sociology with practical and conceptual approaches, the CSH globalisation and regulation research area aims at questioning the role and autonomy of the State in the regulating process while looking many other actors and norms of globalisation and regulation from a truly comparative angle encompassing South Asia’s most striking developments. 
Economics and Development
Head : Bruno Dorin

The research activities conducted in the Economics and Development area cover a wide range of interrelated themes including economic growth (convergence across India’s states, regional determinants, impact on poverty reduction, city-centric growth), evaluation of public policies (employment guarantee scheme, special economic zones), comparative efficiency of regulatory tools and models of cooperation in resource management and public goods, and state-level policy dynamics.