ISST, over the years has been using research as a tool to create knowledge, develop understanding and in the process build evidence to unfold issues around women and work, childcare, adolescents, governance, and much more. Our qualitative and quantitative research studies have aimed to bring out the intersectionalities that exist in the informal economy and have contributed towards enabling the whole ecosystem in advocating towards rights-based policy frameworks. ISST, through its work has been playing a key role as an organisation that works at the interface of research, action and policy


Ongoing studies

Study on Women Farmer’s Collectives

Seeks to unpack the meaning of feminist consciousness in the specific context of women farmers who are part of different collectives by studying how they consolidate their identity and agency through various strategies for collectivizing.

Developing a Learning Document on Women and Land rights for Womanity Foundation

The Study is a process and learning documentation project that attempts to capture strategies, implementation, and revisions of womanity supported organizations working on Women's Land Rights. This project is shaped by extensive fieldwork in 5 states and qualitative, ethnographic methodology. Currently, the team is in the process of collating da...

Sustaining Power: Women's Struggles against Contemporary Backlash in South Asia (SuPWR)

The Longitudinal study aims to generate empirical understanding on strategies and processes of the women’s movement in South Asia, in the face of backlash and counter-attacks from regressive social, political, and economic forces. The team is working alongside teams from other South Asian countries.

Gender Impact of Tourism on Lives and Livelihoods

The research, in collaboration with (Equations), explores how tourism sites assume the role of a work-space which interacts with the socio-economic, cultural and political lives of local communities.

Aspiration and Violence among adolescent girls

This study presents an effort to understand the implications of different forms of violence on the aspirations of young girls of Kalyanpuri, East Delhi. Various methods were employed to assess the various forms of violence faced by young adults and how they influence the capabilities and functioning of girls. Along with previous research on aspi...

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