The Ungku Aziz Centre for Development Studies (UAC), previously known as the Centre for Poverty and Development Studies (CPDS), is created to facilitate the activities of The Royal Professor Ungku Aziz Chair (RPUAC). The RPUAC was established at the Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya to honor the contributions of Professor Ungku Aziz in the field of education and economic development especially rural development and poverty. Since 2016, the Centre has undertaken steps to develop and further expand the field of development studies to reflect its interdisciplinary nature, to attract a wider participation, to engage young minds and to go beyond a mono-disciplinary approach to development. The defining pillars of the Ungku Aziz Centre for Development Studies represents the Centre’s evolution and the dynamism of the field of study.

UAC – SWRC Joint Lecture Series: Issues in Social Protection
29 & 30 January 2020

Chair Holder Lecture Series: Measuring Poverty
18th December 2019


Poverty and Inequality: Malaysia a Success Story?
2 January 2020

The Royal Professor Ungku Aziz Chair
Professor Dr. Martin Ravallion

Visiting Professor
Dr. Dominique Van De Walle

Research Pillars

At the time of its establishment, five (5) initial research pillars were identified namely, Poverty, Development, Income Distribution, Ethnic Relations and Employment. Since then, the Centre has developed new research directions anchored by ten (10) Research Pillars:



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