School of Social and Political Science

Knowledge Exchange and Impact at SPS


At the School of Social and Political Science, not only does our research tackle some of the biggest challenges facing society, but many of our staff – and students – work with policy-makers, businesses, charities and the wider public to make sure that our research helps to transform and improve people’s lives.


Through our social science research, our staff regularly work directly with decision-making at local, devolved and national level, whether it is supporting policy-makers as expert advisers at government departments or to co-produce research between academic researchers and museums. Our researchers have worked with partners to rethink solar energy technologies and use in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as using research to showcase Edinburgh’s past.

These are just a small number of examples of diverse breadth and depth of expertise, innovation, knowledge exchange and impact from our staff and students. Find out more about the knowledge exchange and impact from our subject areas:

Support for KEI at SPS

The School of Social and Political Science is proud of the work its staff and students carry out to deliver positive change for people. We have a dedicated team to support knowledge exchange and impact, and a KEI Strategy to foster further links and collaborations. Our interdisciplinary research centre, the Centre for Science, Knowledge and Policy (SKAPE), brings together a number of researchers across the School to regularly reflect critically about how academic research can or should inform decision-making.

Exchanging knowledge with us

If you have a general query regarding our knowledge exchange and impact activities, please contact our Knowledge Exchange and Impact Manager, Dr Sandra Appleby-Arnold, or our Deputy Director of Research (KEI), Dr Marc Geddes.