School of Social and Political Science

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CAS undertakes cutting-edge interdisciplinary research across the continent. Our scholars are committed to the critical study of a diverse range of topics as well as the pursuit of inclusive, ethical and equitable partnerships.

As the largest centre for African studies in Europe, we are at the forefront of theoretical, empirical and methodological innovation. Our rigorous research also shapes local, national and international debates and policy-making, as recognised by our "outstanding" impact rating in the UK’s Research Excellence Framework.

See our research projects below.

Research impact

Learn more about how the impact on society of CAS research here:
CAS research impact examples

Edinburgh Catalyst Fellows programme

CAS also runs the the Edinburgh Catalyst Fellows programme. This programme aims to build stronger relationships between the University of Edinburgh and Africa-based scholars, and to promote research of early-career academics in Africa.

Read more about the Edinburgh Catalyst Fellows programme.