Research plays an important role in ULA advocacy processes. It provides information and data to be used in protecting the land rights of the vulnerable as well as ensuring that fair land laws and policies are put in place. ULA, as a learning organization, needs to constantly build new knowledge both on ULA activities and the land sector in general. Research is undertaken in the following key areas:

  • Gender and Land
  • Customary tenure concerns
  • Collective action
  • Minority land rights
  • HIV and AIDS in relation to land rights
  • Climate change
  • Other emerging issues

Apart from undertaking independent research projects, ULA continuously carries out data collection in the respective project areas as a way of assessing progress in project implementation. In addition, ULA regularly carries out action research as a way of systematically engaging beneficiaries to reflect on their situation so as to cause change.