Research is an
important part of the learning that the DPU seeks to promote between theory,
methodology and practice in the field of international development. Research excellence serves
two main purposes. The doing of
research and its outcomes are sources of knowledge to deepen understandings of
development processes and practices in the DPU research clusters, interrogating
the theoretical underpinnings and drivers of development thinking and
collective action in the public sector, civil society and the private
sector. Research also provides valuable knowledge, experience and
case studies to strengthen DPU teaching, capacity building and advisory work. In particular it contributes to the development of analytical and methodological frameworks
to the teaching and practice-based activities of the Unit.
Currently the DPU has four research clusters, each with sub-clusters which reflect the development of different strands of their work.