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Our research has a far-reaching impact on development policy, practice and thinking.

It serves three main purposes:

  • to deepen the understanding of development processes and practices.
  • to interrogate the theoretical underpinnings development thinking and collective action in the public sector, civil society and private sector.
  • to strengthen DPU teaching, capacity building and advisory work

DPU's research is conceived in three ways:

DPU Research Clusters

The DPU has four research clusters, each with sub-clusters that reflect the development of different strands of our work.

DPU Research Projects

We often engage in research activities with academics and organisations outside of the DPU through a wide variety of interdisciplinary research projects.

Impact & Cross-Cutting Themes

Our research directions are guided by cross-cutting themes, which draw upon the key problems facing the Global South and its urban regions today.