Ramesh is a leading expert on social policies in East and Southeast Asia. He is the author or co-author of Social Policies in East and Southeast Asia, Welfare Capitalism in Southeast Asia, Studying Public Policy, and Canadian Political Economy. He has also published widely in senior refereed journals and is the Editor of the journal Policy and Society. His current research is on comparative political economy of People's Republic of China, Republic of India and Korea.
Ramesh has held teaching or visiting appointments in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Norway, and USA. He currently teaches business and government, globalisation and public policy and social policy. In addition, he has been involved in establishing professional associations in Political Science (APISA) and Public Policy (NAPSIPAG) in Asia. Ramesh is the Co-President of the Asian Political and International Studies Association for the 2005-2007 period.