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:
The DPU has four research clusters, each with sub-clusters that reflect the development of different strands of our work.
We often engage in research activities with academics and organisations outside of the DPU through a wide variety of interdisciplinary research projects.
Our research directions are guided by cross-cutting themes, which draw upon the key problems facing the Global South and its urban regions today.