The gender studies cluster investigates the factors that economically, politically and socially empower women and the diverse pathways for transforming gender power structures and attaining social justice.

The research and programmes focus on three interlinked areas:

a) Labour markets, livelihoods and social protection;

b) Women’s inclusion in formal politics, feminist movements and citizenship;

c) Cultural norms and construction of gender identities. 

Currently the cluster conducts six research projects and houses one network programme.

It also houses a specialised centre — The Centre for Gender and Social Transformation (CGST) established in 2012, that undertakes research and advocacy work on women’s empowerment and how positive changes in everyday lives and larger social transformation in gender roles take place. Many of the research projects and advocacy programmes of this cluster are undertaken by this Centre.