Science, Technology and Innovation Studies
Since the founding of the department in 1966, we offer a unique interdisciplinary environment in which we address vital questions about the world we live in.
We offer a diverse, innovative and exciting range of undergraduate courses and postgraduate taught and research opportunities.
We produce innovative and interdisciplinary research and deliver public policy advice and consultancy on the socio-economic implications of technology and innovation.
Find out more about the whole team: the academic staff and their research interests, PhD students and their thesis subjects, and the professional services colleagues who keep it all in working order.
REF 2021: Sociology, including Science, Technology and Innovation Studies (STIS), at the University of Edinburgh
The results of the REF 2021 exercise demonstrated that our Sociology and STIS subject areas are excelling. Our submission was ranked top in the UK by Research Professional for the overall quality and breadth of our research.
‘World class’ toolkit created by SPS team to facilitate AHSS integration and interdisciplinarity
Professor Catherine Lyall and Dr Isabel Fletcher from the School of Social and Political Science have played an instrumental role in the creation of a web-based toolkit to support the integration of the arts, humanities and social sciences in collaborative projects.
Energy expert to advise Scottish Government on fuel poverty
Dr Kirsten Jenkins of the School of Social and Political Science has become a member of the Scottish Government’s new Scottish Fuel Poverty Advisory Panel, helping to tackle fuel poverty in Scotland.
New research hub to transform foundation industries
Edinburgh researchers have joined a research consortium examining how the foundation industries - chemicals, cement, ceramics, glass, metals and paper – can prosper and develop while helping achieve the UK’s Net Zero 2050 environmental targets.
Precautionary principle and Covid-19 governance in Scotland
SKAPE will host an exploratory seminar with presenters Deval Desai (Law), Pedro Cisterna (Law) and Sotiria Grek (SPS). The presenters will also be joined by discussants: Sudeepa Abeysinghe (SPS), Lindsay Paterson (SPS) and Katherine Smith (Strathclyde).