The Social Protection, Inclusive Innovation and Development research theme has gained years of experience working on topics related to poverty and social protection to support evidence based policy making as well as evaluations of programmes and policies. We are particularly concerned with two areas which play multiple and integral roles in the achievement of human development, and which relate to the proximate, intermediate and ultimate sources of economic growth; namely Social Protection and Inclusive Innovation.

Research under this theme is predominantly empirical in nature and often set at the micro level. In our work we apply both quantitative and qualitative research methods in a complementary way. At the conceptual level, our research contributes to the theoretical and empirical understanding of the links between social protection, institutions and human development; it includes contributions to what different concepts of poverty, inequality and well-being mean, and how they can be measured in a given societal context. In this, our research is linked to the other research themes within UNU-MERIT through work on topics such as conflict, migration, public policy and economic growth.

SPIID Research takes place along the following cross-cutting themes:

  • Poverty and vulnerability analysis
  • Social protection mapping
  • Social protection systems building/strengthening
  • Impact evaluation
  • Humanitarian social protection
  • Fiscal space analysis and projection for social protection

The projects we have worked on over the years can be subdivided into three main categories: 1) Human Development and Social Protection in Fragile Contexts, 2) Social Protection & Children, and lastly 3) Social Protection Design. Each provide an overview of the ongoing and past projects that we have worked on.