In the pursuit of academic excellence and in the advancement of economic and social studies to support society’s development, PUCPR has defined six strategic areas of work. They are aligned with the institution’s long-term strategic planning, as well as with the study and research of major global challenges faced by our contemporary society. The areas concentrate PUCPR’s efforts in the acquisition and allocation of financial resources, including talent attraction, retention, and education. They are Energy, Cities, Biotechnology, Health, Information and Communication Technology, and Human Rights. Please, find more information about each one of PUCPR strategic areas below or contact us at [email protected].

Biotechnology uses techniques such as genetic engineering, bioprocesses, and molecular biology to improve life quality and to reduce environmental harm. With biotechnology, it is possible to fight diseases, provide clean energy, and to develop safer, more sustainable and more efficient industrial processes. At PUCPR, biotechnology researchers work with regional biodiversity to expand studies and to develop products for animal and human health. 

Research Areas:

  • New therapies: Tissue engineering, artificial substrates for regenerative medicine, editing and gene therapy
  • Therapeutic and diagnostic biological molecules
  • New varieties of plants, animals and micro-organisms
  • Food Bioprocessing
  • Functional and Nutraceuticals Foods
  • Biotechnology application in water, soil, air, effluents and solid waste treatment (including bioindicators)
  • New Products in bioreactors
  • Biotechnology for biomass transformation (biorefineries)
  • Cells and tissues cultivation (including stem cells)
  • Genomics and Bioinformatics

Coordination: Prof. Humberto Maciel França Madeira

Brazil has been internationally recognized as an experimental laboratory of urban studies and has attracted the attention of researchers and business/public managers. In this scenario, PUCPR seeks to propose innovative solutions that emerge through research, teaching, and extension initiatives. Therefore, our university contributes to international discussions on urban matters and addresses socio-environmental issues, technology advancement, the impact of city management and urban planning, and the development of public policies.

Research Areas:

  • Use of soil
  • Environment
  • Mobility
  • Services and Infrastructure
  • Landscapes and outdoor spaces
  • Population
  • Sociology
  • Economy
  • Conjunctures and phenomenon
  • Planning and Management
  • Technology and Innovation

Coordination: Prof. Clovis Ultramari e Prof. André Luiz Braga Turbay

PUCPR Human Rights strategic area focuses on promoting interdisciplinary research and innovation in public policies, as well as to articulate rights advocacy initiatives, developing social technologies, supporting public organizations and companies, and to strengthen the participation of students and faculty in related activities.

In this sense, the university has created the Human Rights Center (Núcleo de Direitos Humanos – NDH), a permanent space for interaction between the university’s community to reinforce social education in the field of law, human rights and public policies, providing students with the opportunity to participate in activities with local community, government agencies, organizations, and social movements. Interdisciplinary studies and research supporting public and organizational policies have also been developed through NDH to enhance democratic efforts in defending human rights, monitoring violations, and proposing alternatives for conflict mediation and resolution in Brazil and Latin America.

Research Areas:

  • Knowledge subdomains
  • Childhood and youth with the development of innovations and educational technologies.
  • Public policies qualification and democratic governance, with social territorial development.
  • Human capital development and anti-violation projects and networking improvement – childhood/youth
  • DH e PP for vulnerable populations
  • New caring and protection social technologies
  • Solidary networking and social business development
  • Development and application of new methods of conflict resolution
  • Research and study projects in human rights education, regarding ethnic-racial, gender and social discriminations.

Coordination: Prof. Jucimeri Isolda Silveira

PUCPR presents a consistent group of highly regarded researchers and an excellent laboratory infrastructure in the multidisciplinary areas of health. The solid care environment represented by the health area of the Marist Group represents a facilitating point for the wide access to the local population that presents a complex scope of needs in terms of health and disease solutions. Therefore, our university works with the local and regional community, and with supplementary health systems, to foster highly relevant scientific and social research, as well as scientific cooperation with national and international health organizations.

Research Areas:

  • Clinical Research
  • Collective Health and Epidemiology
  • Human genetics
  • Regenerative medicine

Coordination: Prof. Roberto Flavio Silva Pecoits Filho

Through the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) strategic area and the development of technological and computational resources, PUCPR provides scientific support to public and private managers, who use organizational intelligence related to operational, managerial, and strategic information as instruments to make more informed, strategic decisions. Through the Polytechnic School and the PUCPR Innovation Agency, our university develops innovative technologies in the areas of computer sciences, environment, health, education, energy, transportation, security, agriculture, housing, and infrastructure.

Research Areas:

  • Internet and cyber physics systems
  • Big Data and analytics
  • Artificial Intelligence and Pattern recognition
  • Software Engineering and Process management
  • Communications
  • Security and information privacy
  • Expanded and virtual reality, and computational vision
  • Streaming media

Coordination: Prof. Altair Olivo Santin

One of the biggest challenges of the 21st century is the society’s transition to an energy-sustainable future. Brazil is the 10th largest energy consumer in the world, and the Brazilian demand for energy is expected to double by 2030. In this sense, PUCPR focuses on developing highly qualified professionals who will be able to bring sustainable solutions to our society. Our interdisciplinary efforts in the field include many graduate and undergraduate research studies on topics including energy efficiency, smart grid development, energy conversion, biofuels, and sustainable architecture.

Research Areas:

  • Distribution and transmission
  • Organic chemics and chemical physics
  • Energy policy e energy rights
  • Fonts
  • Storage
  • Efficiency
  • Conversion

Coordination: Prof. Nathan Mendes