The institute will focus on the history and political economy of the Andhra Pradesh state by locating itself in the larger context of the Indian and global configurations. It aims to bring together research topics and themes in the broad areas of urbanisation, rural transformation, migration, class relations, caste and gender dynamics, sub-regional dynamics, education and ecology.

The aim of the institute is to promote interdisciplinary interactions among scholars with a special emphasis on historical and political economy based social science inquiry. We want to promote knowledge produced through multiple methodologies: evidence from secondary sources, primary research based on the field or the archive, and theory building.