Tackling some of the biggest challenges facing society
SPS researchers are tackling some of the biggest challenges facing society today, working to understand a world that’s changing more rapidly than ever. Our experts are exploring how technology, politics and social structures are transforming each other and transforming our lives.
Social scientists are needed to help make sense of and improve the world around us. At SPS all research and teaching is seamlessly connected to produce the talent and creativity needed to influence the changes our societies need.
Our research and education are diverse but connected by a commitment to achieving societal benefits, and to understanding and addressing social inequalities.
Our graduates have taken up posts in all continents, using the skills and knowledge they’ve gained to create a better world.
Research landing cards
Our School has a wide range of active research groups uniting academic and student skills.
Our School is highly active in national and international research networks as well as being involved in knowledge transfer activities.
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We've gathered a selection of recently completed and ongoing research activity in and on Scotland.
Our research centres
Find out more about the incredible depth and breadth of research conducted by colleagues in our research centres.
Our research ethics
SPS attaches great importance to research ethics, and is developing extensive procedures for supporting staff and ensuring proper ethical review and accountability.