Harmonising science and society


The Centre for Society and Policy (CSP) is a policy research centre based at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. Established in November 2018, as an interdisciplinary centre for science and technology policy, the centre explores interactions between science, technology, society, and development. The Indian Institute of Science has been at the forefront of cutting-edge research in the various disciplines of science and technology. With the establishment of a policy center, the institute extends its impact of S&T research by looking at the multitude interrelationships between S&T research and policy.

The CSP today addresses several policy agendas including sustainable futures, intellectual property rights, genetic engineering and health, smart cities, livelihood and water futures, informal economic systems, data security, and data economics. The center is committed to policy engagement and impacting policy at all stages of S&T research.

Introducing India-Japan Science, Technology and Innovation Forum

An Initiative by Keio University and Center for Society and Policy, Indian Institute of Science as a part of the India Japan Laboratory.

Sustainability Transitions

Intellectual property models for accelerating sustainability transition. Financially supported by Belmont Forum and NORFACE Joint Research Programme.

Data Economics and Policy

Assessment of economic, policy, legal, regulatory, and standardization issues involved in using public or privately owned data. Financially supported by The India Urban Data Exchange (IUDX) and Omidyar Network, India.

Health Systems

Policymaking and advocacy for children’s food security, community participation, malnutrition eradication. Financially supported by The Akshaya Patra Foundation.

Urban Systems

Policy prescriptions and insights on the challenges faced by women while availing public transport. Financially supported by DULT, Government of Karnataka, India.

Gender Equity & Advancement

Building a comprehensive gender profile, creating a gender enabling environment at the workplace, enabling for self-growth and career progression. Financially supported by Department of Science & Technology, Government of India.

Science & Philosophy

Addressing public discourse and catalysing deeper reflection on the processes of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics

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