Multidisciplinary research centres established by the college provides the opportunity for researchers from various disciplines to conduct researches that in nature are multidisciplinary in addressing social problems. The centres work in collaboration with researchers from other institutions as well as from international universities. The members of academic staff in the College have conducted several research projects and consultancies which have contributed to solve different societal issues.
Research projects are conducted at the College, departments, individual or group levels. The College has several Centres supporting different research initiative;
Centre for Economics Research and Policy (CERP)
It is a Centre under the Department of Economics. It works in corroboration with the Development Economics Research Group (DERG) of the University of Copenhagen and currently collaborates with AFDB carrying a consultancy project of assessing rural water supply and sanitation programmes. The Centre has objectives of contributing to policy dialogue, capacity building and workshops in 3 years, carrying out research in support of economic and social development of Tanzania, initiate writing proposal for funding, to carry out multidisciplinary research with the aim to capture multi-stakeholders from both within and outside Tanzania, develop capacity of junior researchers etc.
Environment for development Tanzania (EfDT)
It is initiative under the Department of Economics whose main goal is to support poverty reduction and sustainable development though increased the use of environmental capacity in policy making process. The objectives includes research policy and increasing number of trained environmental economists by creating a conducive working environment for environmental economists PhD graduates and providing research grants for local MA and PhD candidates undertaking policy relevant environmental economics research.
Research for Education and Democracy in Tanzania (REDET)
REDET is the programme in the Department of Political Sciences and Public Administration. It was founded 1992 with the coming of multiparty democracy. Its grand goal is to promote democracy in Tanzania. REDET has a number of events and activities such as the Annual state of politics conference whose participants are political key players countrywide, civic education programmes, conducting opinion polls on democracy related issues as well as publication of books on politics.