Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy (CSSEIP)

 

Research projects Completed

The Project “Policy Determinants of Household Economic Development (PDHED), Wayanad, Kerala” tries to identify the extent and pattern of poverty that is prevalent among different social groups in Kerala and the impact of government policies on poverty alleviation on an inter-temporal basis. The report explores the status of the various social groups with regard to income, livelihood, living standards and asset holdings and identifies how social groups have moved in terms of these attributes.

The study “Residential Segregation and Social Exclusion among the Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) of Kerala” is an outcome of a project funded by the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR). The situation of the SC-ST is ubiquitous in two levels in Kerala, housing segregation and its sub-set land alienation. It is difficult to justify which one is the main set and which is the sub-set and sometimes it is difficult even to partition this. The study unfolds the necessity of several policy formulations for up-lifting these two marginalised social groups in Kerala.

The study “Self-financing Engineering Education in Kerala: The Situation of Dropout and Employment Exclusion of the SC and ST Students” is an outcome of a project funded by the Kerala State Higher Education Council. Gender inequality, SC-ST based exclusion, high failure and dropouts of the SC-ST students, employment exclusion, hidden cost in professional education and regional imbalances inter alia costs of education are the central issues addressed in this study.

The study “Socio-Economic and Cultural Exclusion: Changing Perception of the Tribes in Kerala” is an outcome of a project funded by the Kerala State Planning Board (KSPB) for the Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy (CSSEIP), Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT). The Project tries to identify the extent and pattern of socio-economics of the tribes in Kerala and the impact of government policies on development and poverty alleviation. The report explores the status of the tribal groups with regard to income, livelihood, living standards and asset holdings and identifies how intra-tribal groups have moved in terms of these attributes.

The Report “Self-Financing Regime and Educational Exclusion: An Inquiry into the Professional Education in Kerala” is an outcome of a project funded by the Indian Council of Social Science Research. The main objective is to understand the dimensions and dynamics of self financing regime in the professional education scenario and the consequent educational exclusion happening in Kerala. The report analyses the socio-economic profile, cost structure and also the influence and imperatives of ‘private cost’ in self-financing professional education. The report also evaluates gender disparities, social implication with cost in education and the status and hierarchy of social groups as an attempt to identify the nature of inclusiveness in the professional educational stream.

The report “Community Participation in Ecotourism and Inclusive Development in Kerala” is an outcome of a project funded by the University Grants Commission in the Scheme of Major Research Projects. The principal objective of the project is to examine the community participation in tourism and its impact on inclusive development in Kerala. The work has been organized in such a way to understand the importance of community participation in the livelihood options and tourist perceptions so as to workout effective policy options for the inclusive sustainable ecotourism development and its embedded communities in the state.

The overseas remittance consequent to the mass emigration from Kerala has played a crucial role in the socio-economic development of the state. There is also another side of the picture, among other things; the exclusion of the elderly is one such issue which has not been put under scan so far by the social scientists effectively in order to understand problems of the elderly for developing suitable welfare oriented policy options to overcome this situation. Based on primary data, the study tries to unravel the dimensions and dynamics of migration-induced exclusion happening to the elderly left behind in Kerala.

The report “Low Enrolment, High Dropout and Human Capital Deprivation: An Enquiry into the Educational Exclusion of Scheduled Tribes in Kerala” is a project funded by the ICSSR. The report tries to capture the current position of the tribal education and consequent human capital deprivation among the tribes in Kerala.

The research project “Consumption, Education and Exploitation: A Probe into the Consumer Exclusion in Kerala” is an attempt to detail the different dimensions of consumer exclusion in Kerala. Looking at consumer exclusion as a process warrants the need for effective checks and balances in the system to prevent exclusion, and looking at consumer exclusion as a status points at the need to empower consumers. The need to have effective institutional mechanisms and empowered consumers is of paramount importance in the case of Kerala characterized by very high per-capita consumption expenditure¬† among all Indian states, the presence of a large number of emigrants and a vibrant middle class.

“Social Structural Determinants of Educational Dropout among the Scheduled Tribes in Kerala” tries to capture the current position of the tribal education in Kerala. The report makes an attempt to find out the structural impediments in their educational attainment.

 

The project “Impact of Globalization on the Employment and Livelihood Security of Traditional Fishermen of Kerala: Analysing and Identifying the Roles of Self Help Groups and Cooperatives” looks into the employment and livelihood situation of fisherfolk in Kerala and analyses the role and effectiveness of SHGs in empowering fisherfolks.

The report “Community Based Ecotourism in a Globalised Economy-A Sustainable Development Option for Kerala” explores the economic impact of ecotourism projects in Kerala. Apart from looking into the socio-economics, living standards and perception of local communities, the report also gives an insight into the perception of domestic and international tourists on various ecotourism sites in Kerala.¬†

“Livelihood and Employment of Workers in Rubber and Spices Plantations”

The status report on workers in rubber and spices plantations tries to capture the various dimensions of livelihood among the workers in these two sectors. The report was able to reach at a general conclusion that the workers in rubber plantations are better off whereas the condition of workers in spices plantation remain vulnerable in every sphere of livelihood necessitating further study in this regard.

Myths and realities in the professional course entrance examinations in Kerala: an analysis involving social, economic and curriculum dimensions tries to examine the overrepresentation of some privileged class, caste and gender and the underrepresentation of vulnerable communities/class like SC/ST and females. The kind of exclusion faced by some section of the community has been seldom taken for discussion or for analysis and hence the need for this study.

Human Development report of Tribal Communities in Kerala

The Human Development Report of tribal communities in Kerala tries to capture the current position of the Adivasi community in Kerala as far as the employment and livelihood opportunities, educational and health aspects are concerned. The report here makes an attempt to find out how far the Adivasi communities have moved away from the clutches of under development in the above said spheres of life.

Health, Poverty and Social Exclusion: An Inquiry into the Tribal Situation in Wayand, Keralas’ tries to highlight the link between health and socio-economic conditions of tribes in Wayanad in inter community facet. This has further been scanned with respect to forward and backward tribes so as to unfold their perception regarding health and concomitant nexus with poverty, health and social exclusion.

The project shed light on the dynamics of fisheries development in kerala. The principal objective of the project was to explore the sustainability issues in Kerala’s fisheries sector and examining the forces and factors that shape the development of community based fisheries management.