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School of Social and Political Science: Research


Science, Technology and Innovation Studies


The Innogen Institute is renowned for world-leading research with global impact on the social and economic aspects of the life sciences and emerging technologies. In areas such as food and energy security, health, global development and innovation systems, Innogen offers in-depth, rigorous research and impartial, evidence-based advice to public and private stakeholders.


The Institute for the Study of Science, Technology and Innovation (ISSTI) is a research network established in 2000 by Professor Robin Williams to bring together groups of academics and individual researchers across the University of Edinburgh are involved in research, teaching and knowledge transfer on social and policy aspects of science, technology and innovation.

Science Studies Unit

Members of the Science Studies Unit examine the social construction of scientific knowledge in a variety of historical, geographical, and disciplinary settings. Our links to one another are therefore those of method and approach grounded in the sociology of scientific knowledge. Through these links a diverse range of projects are brought together. We work to continue the Edinburgh tradition of examining the social causes for our scientific beliefs.

Research Centre for Social Sciences

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