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: Industrial policy, manufacturing sector, MSMEs, technology development, production networks, industrial clusters/corridors, SEZs, land acquisition, natural resources, regional development, entrepreneurship, sustainability, etc.;
- Internationalization: Cross-border flows of capital flows, FDI, technology transfer, IPRs, balance of payments, trade and investment agreements, etc.;
- Corporate Sector: Ownership and control, finance and governance, financial institutions, company law, securities legislation, regulatory bodies, M&As, business groups, public enterprises, public-private partnership, business ethics, CSR, etc.;
- Labour and Employment: Employment growth and structural transformation; labour force; skill development; quality of employment, labour flexibility; differentiations and disparities; informal sector and un-organised workers; etc.;
- Public Health: Social, cultural and economic determinants of health; structure of health systems; research and capacity building in the areas of pharmaceuticals, medical devices and healthcare sectors; IPRs and other areas of industry-health interface, etc.;
- Media & Communication: Studies in the area of media, communication and advertising.
ISID has being maintaining databases on corporate and industrial sectors in particular and other areas of developmental and social and economic issues in general. Its Online Reference Services includes On-Line Index (OLI) of Indian Social Science Journals as well as Press Clippings Archive on diverse social science subjects which are widely acclaimed as valuable sources of information for researchers studying India's socio-economic development.