About CSR

About CSR.

CSR has been a leader in the Indian women’s movement due to its unique, tri-fold position as an experienced facilitator of grassroots programs and trainings with the mission to empower women & girls of India.To build an understanding of social issues with the lens of a gender so as to enhance the capacities of individuals, communities and institutions for creating a humane, equitable and gender-just society.

For nearly three decades, Centre for Social Research; an esteemed research institute; and a lobbyist, advocate and advisor to government institutions. We operate at the local, national and regional levels in an effort to guarantee the rights of women & girls, further deepening the understanding of social issues from the lens of gender.

“The seeds of our mission were first sown during the period of 1974-1977, when political upheaval in the country brought many thousands of people from across the country to the forefront of socio-political activity and reform-mindedness. It sharpened our ideologies and kindled a new flame in the youth.”
– Dr. RanjanaKumari, Director CSR

Centre for Social Research (CSR) is a non-profit organization based in New Delhi, India was founded in 1983. CSR is dedicated to creating a violence-free, gender-just society through social research, capacity building and advocacy.

Originally named The Centre for Social Research and Action, it was formed by a group of social scientists from Jawaharlal Nehru University, namely, Radhakrishnan, Anand Kumar, RanjanaKumari, N. Rajaram, Renuka Singh and SudhindraBhadoria. CSR’s founders were inspired by the dream of a truly democratic society, the ideologies & strategies of individuals such as Mahatma Gandhi and Jayaprakash Narayan, and the perspectives of feminist thinkers such as Betty Friedan and Simone de Beauvoir.

In our earliest years, CSR worked to bring attention & justice to all marginalized& underprivileged areas of society. One of our first formal projects, supported by the Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe Commission, involved a study on the impact of higher education upon the SC/ST youth of Madhya Pradesh; while another area of research focused on the working and living conditions of urban rickshaw drivers. Our initial advisory board included both international and local leaders in the social sciences, including Meghnad Desai, Immanuel Wallerstein, Professor Yogendra Singh and Professor Imtiaz Ahmad.

Over the years, gender gradually emerged as a crosscutting phenomenon that colors and shapes the social relations within & between all sectors and groups in India. Since shifting our core focus to issues related to gender, CSR has emerged as one of the most influential and leading institutions working in the field of informed social action and action-oriented research.

With support from the European Union, we formed the Gender Training Institute in 1997 in order to facilitate gender equality through capacity building and training-related activities.
We welcomed our newest department, Media and Communication, in 2010 with the goal of increasing the depth, breadth and quality of our messaging. Today, CSR comprises four interdependent and equally vital departments:

Research and Knowledge Management, Development, the Gender Training Institute and Communication and Media.