Call for Papers: Dialogues on Kerala Development

About the Session

  • The conference is planned to be held at the Kerala state Institute of Health and Family Welfare, Thiruvananthapuram on January 12th and 13th, 2023
  • Free Registration
  • The last date for submission of abstracts is 5th November 2022

Dialogues on Kerala Development is a triennial conference series envisaged by CSES to bring together social scientists, academicians and practitioners working on different facets of Kerala’s development. The goal is to facilitate multi-disciplinary deliberations focusing on Kerala’s development issues to contribute towards transformative policy making. The theme for the CSES Dialogues on Kerala Development #1 is “Challenges of Health and Demographic Transition”

Kerala has been a front runner in India with respect to most of the health and health care utilisation indicators across health surveys from time to time. The state has been able to demonstrate performances on indicators such as infant and child mortality which are comparable with much more advanced regions in the world. In terms of demographic transition,
Kerala has demonstrated a pattern different from the rest of the country. Thanks to advancements in health and increased life expectancy, the proportion of the elderly is the highest in the country. The epidemiological transition in the state is also quite evident, with a marked difference in the morbidity profile of the state in comparison to the other regions. As understood,
such transitions lead to changing demand for health care, and the health systems must be prepared for the same. There are also challenges faced by marginalised communities identified as outliers to the Kerala model of development, i.e., such as tribal communities, fisherfolk, and other vulnerable communities such as migrant workers, persons with disabilities, the elderly, etc.

Recent years also brought in its wake colossal challenges in the form of unprecedented natural calamities and a pandemic. Hence the challenges that the state faces are much different from the ones at the national level and deserve a dedicated dialogue. The interventions by the state, as well as national programmes that address different concerns, also need to be studied and discussed in detail. Further, with decentralisation, there are more local-level interventions in the public health system

CSES Dialogues 2023 aims to deliberate upon

  • Demographic transition and implications on health.
  • Preparedness of health systems to address the transition and newer challenges and health shocks.
  • Epidemiological transition and state-specific concerns
  • Multi-sectoral responses towards existing and emerging challenges
  • Differential experiences of diverse groups in navigating through health adversities.
  • Bridging existing evidence gaps through the creation and sharing of knowledge

The conference will explore the following sub themes

Applying an Intersectional Lens to Epidemiological Transition in Kerala: Changing patterns of morbidity, mortality, fertility, life expectancy – Social demographic and economic dimensions of transition

Demographic Transition: Ageing population, Changing Health Needs and Care Provisions Healthy ageing – Wellbeing – Care arrangements – Elder abuse and neglect

Health and Health Care Among Vulnerable Groups Health issues, health care needs of tribal communities, fisherfolk,
Persons with Disabilities, migrant labourers and other vulnerable groups – Interventions for specific vulnerable populations

Health Resilience in the Face of Crisis Challenges experienced during the pandemic and recent natural calamities – Health system responses – Learnings and adaptive strategies.

Health Systems Delivery and Financing Models of Preventive/Promotive/Curative/Rehabilitative care – Healthcare delivery at different tiers- Systems in the public and private sector- Programmes intended for specific medical conditions-Local governance and community participation in health care delivery- Medical Pluralism – Out-of-pocket expenditure- Insurance

Guidelines for sending Abstracts for Paper Presentation

Applicants are requested to submit abstracts of 450-500 words which include the title, authors (list authors in order from the first author to last), background, research methods and results of research or outcome through the google form link given below.

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Applicants with abstracts selected after review will be contacted by the organising team for submission of full papers. The last date for submission of full papers is 15th December 2022.

Papers presented at the conference will be published by CSES post-conference. All participants presenting papers at the conference will be provided travel and accommodation support, the details of which will be communicated at a later stage.
Applicants submitting abstracts do not have to perform a separate registration.

Registration Details

The conference is open to all and aims to bring together social scientists, academicians, practitioners, executives in the governmental and non-governmental sectors, students and activists working on different facets of Kerala’s development. Those interested are requested to register through the link provided below.

Registration fee is excluded from the conference.

Applicants will be separately informed of their confirmation of registration and participation in the conference by the organising team after the registration process is completed. The last date for registration is 15th December 2022

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Accommodation facilities will be arranged for the participants who require the same subject to availability. However, the participants are requested to meet their travel expenses.

For further information and in case of any queries, please email us at

Centre for Socio-economic and Environmental Studies
Khadi Federation Building, NH By-Pass, Padivattom, Kochi – 682024, Kerala
Tel :91-484-2805107, 2805108,

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