Rohan Mukherjee was a Research Associate in the office of the then President of CPR, Dr Pratap Bhanu Mehta. He contributed to the Centre's research on primary education, higher education, law and society, and urban governance. His second stint at CPR was as a Research and Programme Coordinator. During this period, he managed organisational tasks such as grant-writing, communications, and institutional collaboration, in addition to conducting independent research on higher education, foreign policy, and low-income housing. In 2008, his CPR-sponsored case study of a housing project in Hubli, Karnataka, received the second prize in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's ‘Hidden Successes’ contest.