Projects Overview

The URDR is an interdisciplinary research unit based at the University of Stellenbosch. It engages with the complex interface between religion and sustainable development and the need to equip faith communities to respond more effectively to development issues in their contexts. Read more

The URDR offers a research and learning hub for NGOs, governments, private trusts and post-graduate students through evidence-based research, course modules and training and research tool design. Its interdisciplinary team have expertise across sociology, human rights, development, religion, theology and business disciplines. It offers professional research and training services with an emphasis on evidence gathering, knowledge sharing and theory construction from below. Its empirical footprint spans Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas with a qualitative research focus able to inform government and international NGO policies and civil society grassroots action. The Unit can be contracted by any third party to conduct research. Click here for more information about our partners in government, NGOs, trusts and the private sector. Our work is grounded within a South African context but with a strong global footprint.

Evidence-Based Research

The URDR has carried out research in Afghanistan, Angola, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burundi, Colombia, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Georgia, Kenya, Lebanon, Liberia, Peru, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Uganda, around the below themes:

Theory Building from Below

The URDR's empirical evidence-based research models generate cutting edge theoretical contributions from below that build synergies between different disciplinary insights and help to bridge the worlds of theory and practice. Disseminating these new findings into a variety of academic and popular forums is essential for building momentum for improved practice in the field. To access some of the URDR's recent research outputs across the below spectrum, click here.