The Institute for Studies in Industrial Development (ISID), successor to the Corporate Studies Group (CSG), is a national-level policy research organization in the public domain and is affiliated to the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR). Developing on the initial strength of studying India's industrial regulations, ISID has gained varied expertise in the analysis of the issues thrown up by the changing policy environment. The Institute's research and academic activities are organized under the following broad thematic areas:
- Industrialization: Land acquisition, special economic zones, encroachment of agricultural land, manufacturing sector, changing organized-unorganised sector relationship, rise of service economy in India, training and skill formation etc.;
- Corporate Sector: With special emphasis on liberalization-induced changes in the structures of the sector, corporate governance, individual firms/groups, emerging patterns of internationalization, and of business-state interaction;
- Trade, Investment and Technology: Trends and patterns of cross-border capital flows of goods and services, mergers & acquisitions, inward and outward FDI etc. and their implications for India’s position in the international division of labour;
- Regulatory Mechanism: Study of regulatory authorities in the light of India’s own and international experience, competition issues;
- Employment: Trends and patterns in employment growth, non-farm employment, distributional issues, problems of migrant labour and the changes in workforce induced by economic and technological changes;
- Public Health: Issues relating to healthcare financing, structure of health expenditure across states, corporatisation of health services, pharmaceutical industry, occupational health, environment, health communication;
- Media Studies: Use of modern multimedia techniques for effective, wider and focused dissemination of social science research to promote public debates;
- Other Issues: Educational policy and planning, role of civil societies in
development processes etc.
ISID has developed databases on various aspects of the Indian economy, particularly concerning industry and the corporate sector. It has created On-line Indexes of Indian Social Science Journals (OLI) and Press Clippings on diverse social science subjects. These have been widely acclaimed as valuable sources of information for researchers studying India's socio-economic development.