Research Agenda Framework

The revised research agenda of the LRC is ultimately aimed at research, development, and innovation. Research ventures on Nature and Environment, Local Responsiveness and Policy Studies, Product Development, Sustainability, Society, Culture, and Human Behavior, Gender Responsive Research, Quality Standards in Education, and ‘Glocalization’ are prioritized, along with fostering research collaboration in meeting the demands of the interconnected research agenda framework.

Reasearch Subjects and Descriptions

Nature and Environment

Researches on environmental and biodiversity awareness, trends in the scientific community of natural and physical sciences, climate change and its effects to attitudes and behavior is included in this agenda.

It includes, but not limited to, studies on waste management; energy and resources conservation; ecological economics, green business and technology; pollution control and prevention; risk reduction and response management; area/geographical studies; and food security

Local Responsiveness and Policy Studies

In this agenda, researches on different disciplines responding to the needs and challenges of the local/national community, of the national scale, and of various industries are prioritized.

It includes, but is not limited to, studies on the culture and communities of indigenous people and other marginalized sectors; politics, governance, and local/national policy studies; prevalent/emerging local and national issues; baseline studies for community program development; and school-community partnerships.

Business and Product Development

This agenda focuses on research studies regarding the creation of products, software and prototypes with new or different characteristics that offers new or additional benefits to stakeholders.

It includes studies on product formulation, food fortification and enrichment, and prototype assembly in preparation for possible patenting. This agenda also includes office and business management, breakthroughs in the corporate and business worlds, and the overall process of strategic and organizational planning from product conceptualization, marketing/advertising, evaluation to commercialization and feedback mechanism.

Sustainability and Heritage

Researches on conservation of the environment and biodiversity, environmental sustainability, the role of business in nature and society, and the sustainability of cultural heritage, are the foundations of this agenda.

It includes, but is not limited to, studies on renewable energy technologies, pollution control and prevention, social responsiveness, positive psychology, psychology of disaster response, disaster and mental health, conservation of Letran and Intramuros as an important historical site, the Philippine arts (visual, performing, music, physical, etc.), cultural heritage mapping (built, movable, personalities, intangible), linguistics and language conservation, and historical researches.

Society, Culture, and Human Behavior

In this agenda, studies on the general society, the Filipino culture, and behavioral/social sciences are the primary focus of the Center.

This includes researches regarding, but not limited to, sociological and psychological analyses, Filipino identity studies, current and contemporary events, media (mass, social, print, broadcast, etc.), law and human rights, mental health and wellness, socio- and intercultural studies, philosophy and theology, advocacy and NGO studies, institutional studies on the society, culture, and behavior of Letranites and the Colegio’s stakeholders, inequality/poverty studies, and impact studies.

Gender Responsive Research

As mandated by the Commission on Higher Education, researches on gender and women studies, gender and development, and emerging gender issues shall be focused on in this agenda.

This includes researches regarding, but not limited to, gender and economic empowerment, gender in power and decision making, gender planning and budgeting, indigenous women and girls, Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC), women in history, feminist literature, gender identities and sexual orientation, intersectional studies on social issues and gender, gender sensitivity, and gender-based violence

Quality Standards in Education

Researches focused on the development of education, pedagogy, policies on education, teacher education, and ICT education shall be catered in this agenda. This includes researches regarding, but not limited to, graduate tracer studies, use of technology in teaching, indigenous education, trends in education, educational benchmarking, e-learning and distance learning, classroom-based research, and new ecologies of learning.


A new term in international studies, Glocalization is concerned with globalization and localization of cultural and social elements. This agenda is focused on international linkages, international studies, and the interconnectedness of the global society.

It includes studies on, but not limited to, globalization, area studies, international business, millennium development goals, tourism, entrepreneurship, development studies, international trends, the contemporary world, foreign relations, global scale research, ASEAN integration, and global culture.