The RPDC identified seven interdisciplinary research themes that shall improve on, the quality of and increase, research output at EAU. These themes will enable EAU to establish its identity at the national and international levels. The themes are expected to change as the EAU’s Research & Professional Development Center expands.
The rationale behind such interdisciplinary themes is to postulate a platform that shall nurture collaborative research as well as strengthen staff’s academic growth as together they confront multifaceted research tasks.
These areas have been developed while taking note of our country’s resources, national priorities, university faculties and areas that call for immediate data and research.
The field of Humanities and Social Sciences has recognized a set of themes across a range of disciplines around which to concentrate research activities. By supporting collaborative, interdisciplinary communities of researchers with shared interests, researchers continue to produce world-class, valuable researches that have real impact locally, nationally, and internationally. Researchers study the literary and cultural responses to modern war, from the eighteenth century to the present day, in national and transnational frames, and often with national and international collaborators. Special interests are on remembrance, reconciliation and identity, the book history of modern war, the history of censorship, the role of journalism in modern conflict, as well as the cultural work of distinct genres such as the military memoir, the war novel and travel writing. Carrying out studies on a cluster of researches from different disciplines and with intersecting expertise in these fields, offers a congenial environment in which to investigate the cultural mediation of war, from a range of perspectives and approaches, and with unrivalled library resources.
The Climate Change theme seeks to enhance researcher enquiry about weather and climatic changes, how these influence and/or are influenced by human activities and what evidence based solutions can be advanced to minimize their negative impact on human development.
The Food and Agriculture theme seeks to direct researcher’s attention toward the challenges of poverty that is particular driven by hunger and lack of sustainable agricultural activities and production. Investments in creative modern Agricultural techniques as a means of sustainable development and poverty eradication are critical.
The Community Participation theme seeks to direct the attention of researchers to pursuing alternative ways to empower the community. EAU values the connection that higher education institutions must establish with the communities. Researchers will be encouraged to collaborate with communities on research projects that are focused on solving community needs such as health prevention and care, literacy improvement, efficient energy sources, micro-financing that is Islamic and non-predatory, family empowerment, and marriage counseling.
The challenge of poverty and unemployment is on the increase in all our societies including the immediate societies around the University. This Research theme seeks to make inquiries on how best business organizations both private and public can be managed to maximize wealth and create jobs. It also seeks to find solutions to the existing challenges of the communities failing to create its own jobs and find employment for its people even when it has graduates from Colleges and Universities.
The field of Health Sciences has cluster of research activities in different areas of excellence which cross the boundaries of disciplines and settings. Chronic, non-communicable diseases are a leading cause of diseases burden in Africa and international community, and addressing the risks and determinants of these are core to research in health sciences. Programs of research are aimed at improving effectiveness, safety and quality across a range of health and human services and disciplinary practices. Areas of practice and service improvement research include, but are not limited to, the prevention, identification and management of mental illness, hospital acquired and disease specific wounds, clinical aggression, chronic diseases, medication errors and domestic violence; and, enhancing the experiences of individuals and families as they traverse the complex web of primary, secondary and tertiary health and human services.
Today, gender and equality research consist of a broad field of different theoretical and thematic approaches such as women’s studies, equality studies and men’s studies, as well as queer and sexuality studies. This research field has been motivated by a theoretical interest in developing gender research as a distinct domain of knowledge, along with a political ambition to address democratic change