Research Topics

Research and academic activities aligned with every Sustainable Development Goal

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The University shall devote its work to research into the pressing global problems of human survival, development and welfare that are the concern of the United Nations and its agencies.
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People — topics on improving lives of people everywhere

Planet — topics on preserving and improving our environment and natural resources

Peace and partnerships — topics on fostering peaceful, just, and inclusive societies

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UNU Council Member UNU Council Member; Raffles Professor of Social Sciences, National University of Singapore

Prof. Brenda Yeoh

Professor Brenda S.A. Yeoh is a Singaporean scholar and expert in the fields of migration, social geography, and the politics of space in colonial and post-colonial cities.

Project 19 Jan 2038

Flexible Office: Concept for Resource Optimisation (FLORES)

This project at UNU FLORES seeks to make a significant shift from fixed desks assigned to each employee to spaces designed according to functions and needs

Project 19 Jan 2038

Improving China’s institutional capacity towards universal social protection

The project will support and enhance the capacity for the digital transformation of China's social insurance administration

Project 19 Jan 2038

‘CRoss-sEcToral planning decisIoN-maKing platform to foster climate Action’ — ‘RethinkAction’

This project will build a cross-sectoral platform to deliver clear and valuable information on climate change that supports decision making.

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Navigating the Polycrisis — Challenges and Opportunities for Global Security and Cooperation

TOKYO: On 13 March 2024, UNU will host a conversation with Stefan Löfven, Chair of the SIPRI Governing Board and former Prime Minister of Sweden.

Blog Post 04 Mar 2024

Data Access for Economic Growth in Africa

Making administrative data more accessible across African nations would help accurately identify disparities and latent economic potential.

News 04 Mar 2024

Side Event Promotes Digital Technology for Culture Education

A session at the UNESCO World Conference on Culture and Arts Education discussed how to safeguard intangible cultural heritage using digital tools.

Brief 02 Mar 2024

Exploring Migrant Survivors' Remittance Needs in the United States

Presenting the findings of a FAST survivor inclusion pilot programme.

Brief 02 Mar 2024

Tackling Illicit Financial Flows at Source: Adopting a ‘Location-Centred Approach’ to Address Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking

Advanced monitoring of suspicious transactions to enhance the targeting of exploitative crimes.

Report 01 Mar 2024

UN Peace Operations and Human Rights: A Thematic Study

Examining how efforts to advance human rights contribute to the effectiveness and broader mission objectives of UN peace operations.