Our history, as an anchor institution in East London since 1898, is reflected in a research and engagement culture shaped by the population of East London, its global roots and the needs of its communities. Our research is participatory, inclusive, empowering, and impactful by design. It is driven by an urgent need to find long-lasting solutions to significant local and global challenges.
By actively seeking collaboration, we develop partnerships with local government and community organisations to explore and address challenges, issues and concerns as articulated by our community partners. We encourage their active participation and inclusion during the development and delivery of research projects, emphasising collaboration to deliver sustainable problem-solving.
Our focus on communities lies not only in East London but also abroad: we are working with governments, universities and NGOs in countries currently including India, Zambia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Brazil.
We have selected a range of research highlights which demonstrate our strategy, our strengths and approaches and our commitment to engaging communities locally and globally.