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.

Person Mercator Fellow

Luisa Kern

Luisa Kern is a Mercator Fellow at UNU-CPR.

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UNU Generative AI Series | Large Language Models: ChatGPT, Bard, 悟道

In the third session of the UNU Generative AI Series of webinars, we welcome Prof. Philippe de Wilde as our guest speaker.

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A Dialogue with Lord Patten: Japan and Britain in a Changing Asia

On 16 October 2023, UNU and the University of Oxford Japan Office will co-host a special Conversation Series event with Lord Patten of Barnes.

Doctorate Degree

PhD in Sustainability Science

A three-year programme with an innovative approach to sustainability issues and a global change perspective Doctorate


Master's Degree

MSc in Sustainability

A two-year programme providing the knowledge and practical skills necessary to solve the challenges of sustainability Master's


Article 26 Sep 2023

How ChatGPT Might Be Able to Help the World’s Poorest and the Organizations That Work with Them

AI tools could be useful for well-intentioned non-governmental organizations, but maybe not yet for the individuals those organizations assist