At the heart of UP’s research strategy is the commitment to pursue “research that matters”, i.e. research that addresses complex societal challenges and, in particular, the challenges that are faced by developing regions in the world. Such issues include the environment, climate change, food security, poverty alleviation, health, education, and evidence-based policies for development, among others.
In order to maximise the international and national impact of our research, resources are concentrated, in the first instance, in a selected number of areas or Institutional Research Themes (IRTs). This enables critical mass and synergies to be achieved. The following Institutional Research Themes (IRTs) are identified in our 2025 Strategic Plan: