CAHSS Research graphic List of research themes Work & Economy Energy & Sustainability Data & Digital Future Cities Governance & Democracy Identities & Inequalities Cultural Heritage Childhood & Youth Health & Wellbeing

Research themes

CAHSS institutes and centres

Our world-leading research addresses a range of societal and global challenges, which cut across disciplinary boundaries.

Here we present 9 core cross-cutting themes, and identify the main research centres and institutes working in each area.

This is a dynamic list, intended to identify opportunities, and we expect it to change as our research does.

Work & Economy

Key research centres and institutes in this theme:

  • Smart Data Foundry
  • FinTech (EFI)
  • MacCaLM
  • Centre for Service Excellence
  • Centre for Strategic Leadership
  • Institute for Public Sector Accounting Research

Energy & Sustainability

Key research centres and institutes in this theme:

  • Edinburgh Earth Initiative
  • Edinburgh Climate Change Institute
  • Energy@Ed
  • Centre for Business, Climate Change and Sustainability
  • Centre for Future Infrastructure (EFI)

Data & Digital

Key research centres and institutes in this theme:

  • Edinburgh Futures Institute
  • Centre for Data, Culture and Society
  • Centre for Technomoral Futures
  • Creative Informatics (EFI)
  • Design Informatics
  • Administrative Data Research Centre Scotland
  • Centre for Research in Digital Education
  • Credit Research Centre

Future Cities

Key research centres and institutes in this theme:

  • Centre for Future Infrastructure (EFI)
  • Edinburgh Earth Initiative
  • Edinburgh Strategic Alliance
  • OpenSpace
  • Medellin Urban Innovation
  • Physical Activity for Health Research Centre

Governance & Democracy

Key research centres and institutes in this theme:

  • Scottish Council on Global Affairs
  • Centre on Constitutional Change
  • Centre for Science, Knowledge and Policy
  • Global Justice Academy
  • Europa Institute
  • Edinburgh Futures Institute
  • Edinburgh Institute for International & Global Law

Identities & Inequalities

Key research centres and institutes in this theme:

  • Centre for Research on Families and Relationships
  • Citizenship, Nations and Migration Network
  • Centre for Theology and Public Issues
  • Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society
  • GenderEd
  • Institute for International Cultural Relations
  • Scottish Centre for Diaspora Studies

Cultural Heritage

Key research centres and institutes in this theme:

  • Centre for Data, Culture and Society
  • Tourism and Festivals (DDI)
  • Creative Industries (DDI)
  • Creative Informatics (EFI)

Childhood & Youth

Key research centres and institutes in this theme:

  • Binks Hub
  • Global Data Institute for Child Safety
  • Data for Children Collaborative with UNICEF
  • Childhood and Youth Studies Research Group
  • Physical Activity for Health Research Centre
  • Centre for Research on Families and Relationships
  • Edinburgh Mental Health Network

Health & Wellbeing

Key research centres and institutes in this theme:

  • Advanced Care Research Centre
  • Edinburgh Mental Health Network
  • Centre for Biomedicine, Self & Society
  • Edinburgh Centre for Medical Anthropology
  • Global Public Health Unit
  • Mason Institute for Health, Life Sciences & the Law
  • Physical Activity for Health Research Centre

Our world-leading research addresses a range of societal and global challenges, which cut across disciplinary boundaries.
In the following sections we present 9 core cross-cutting themes, and identify the main research centres and institutes working in each area.
This is a dynamic list, intended to identify opportunities, and we expect it to change as our research does.