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The Institute of Social Studies Trust (ISST), a non-profit non-governmental organization, was registered as a Trust in 1980. ISST's main office is located at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. We also have a field office in East Delhi.


ISST is dedicated to conducting research and action programmes to promote social justice and equity for the under-privileged with a focus on women.

ISST attempts to bridge the gaps between research, action and policy debate, with a focus on issues concerning the poor, especially women. We believe that academic research can provide valuable inputs into grassroots activism and policy debate, but equally that activist experience and policy concerns need to influence the directions of research. ISST, thus, positions itself at the interface between research, action and policy.