Research Practice

The Media Analysis
We develop rigorous, game-changing research on key issues affecting Asia through our economics, law and politics research groups.

Our independent research generates fresh policy options for existing problems, identifies new areas of concern and promotes deeper understanding of the issues that affect our economies, polities and societies today. 

See The Media Analysis, Research Reports and Insights for examples of our research. 

Research Process

Our empirical research methodology is hypothesis based and data driven. Supported by our expert advisor network, research is developed in-house by our experienced and multidisciplinary analyst team.

Impartial, robust and tested results are ensured by a structured review process designed to contain disciplinary, background and ideological bias.

  • Economics
  • Law
  • Politics
The economics group is divided into the macro and policy clusters. The macro cluster’s expertise is primarily in trade, investment and the macroeconomy. The policy cluster focusses on education and taxation policy. The group’s regular publications cover the budget, international trade and growth. 

The group’s research is read by senior executives, policy makers and academics. It informs public debate through its Insights column, published in national newspapers.
The law group undertakes research under three thematic clusters. The first focuses on constitutional and legislative analysis. Initiatives within this cluster include research on power devolution and critical analysis of bills and statutes. The second cluster focuses on policy and regulatory reform. This cluster concentrates on researching land, resettlement policy and the implementation of the LLRC. The third cluster focuses on rights. This cluster includes research on labour rights, migration and international treaty obligations.

The group's research informs policymakers, diplomats, lawyers, non-governmental agencies and academics. 


The politics research group analyses both society and institutions using a combination of qualitative and quantitative research methods. The group focusses on analyzing domestic political risks, trends and developments, and monitors all major Sri Lankan newspapers and parliamentary Hansard providing an unparalleled data-driven approach to political analysis which is combined with expert insight. 

The politics team manages manthri.lka Verité Research initiative to track the performance of MPs in Parliament. In the past, the group's scope of work has included electoral systems, local government reform, media sentiment analysis, religious violence and institutional reform.

The politics group’s research regularly informs ambassadors, legislators, media and civil society.