Research and activities at Ungku Aziz Centre for Development Studies reflects our commitment towards an inter-disciplinary and multidimensional approach to poverty and development studies. The goals of these core activities are to further develop and strengthen Ungku Aziz Centre for Development Studies as a reference point for poverty and development studies, to encourage scholars and experts to share their work and ideas on poverty and development issues that are relevant at the national, regional and global levels, as well as to reinforce the links between government bodies, commercial interests, and the wider community through knowledge transfer, networking, and pragmatic dissemination of information. Our core events are listed below:
(1) The Royal Professor Ungku Aziz Public Lecture
This lecture series is to recognize the contribution of the Royal Professor Ungku Aziz in the field of poverty research in Malaysia. This lecture series was inaugurated in 2014, with the aim of hosting national figures who have made unparalleled contributions to the nation’s development while providing a platform for exchanging ideas, debates and discourse in the area of poverty and development studies.
(2) International Development Forum
This International Development Forum is designed to be a platform for an open discussion between the academic community, development practitioners, policy makers, NGOs and observers. The aim of this forum is to encourage relevant parties to re-examine and rethink the complex issue of poverty and development in order to learn from past experiences to inform future efforts to ensure the achievements of the broader development goals of a nation. The themes of the forum would be identified based on the cross-cutting topics that falls within the main Research Pillars of Ungku Aziz Centre for Development Studies and input from the National Stakeholder Roundtable. This annual event is in line with the objective of Ungku Aziz Centre for Development Studies to become a critical reference point nationally, regionally and globally.
(3) National Stakeholder Roundtable
The objectives of Ungku Aziz Centre for Development Studies National Stakeholder Roundtable reflects the purpose and commitments of all our core programmes towards an inter-disciplinary and multi-dimensional approach to poverty and development studies. The aim is to review and assess the current progress in the field of poverty and development studies for the purpose of stocktaking to identify the follow-up themes, plan of action and timeline, research areas/gaps, policy inputs to Government as well as to identify collaborative work with partner Institutions.
(4) Ungku Aziz Centre for Development Studies Brown Bag Seminar Series
The aim of Ungku Aziz Centre for Development Studies Brown Bag Seminar Series is to provide a platform for academics, development practitioners, policy makers, NGOs and stakeholders to share their work and ideas on poverty and development issues that are relevant at the national, regional and global levels.
(5) Public Outreach Programmes
Research activities at Ungku Aziz Centre for Development Studies embodies 2 main components. These components are academic publications and public outreach programmes. The aim is to strengthen the relationship between the academic community, the general public, policy makers and the international community hence, fulfilling the role of Ungku Aziz Centre for Development Studies as the channel to increase accessibility to information and facilitate the dissemination of this information amongst various stakeholders.