We aim to produce innovative and interdisciplinary research, public policy advice and consultancy on the socio-economic implications of technology and innovation.


Explore our range of undergraduate courses, taught postgraduate degrees, research postgraduate degrees and distance learning programmes.


Delve deeper into our research activity via our theme pages. Current research covers four broad clusters including:


We have an international reputation as a leading centre of excellence in science and technology studies, established through the legacies of the Science Studies Unit and the Research Centre for Social Sciences.

Environment, Energy and Sustainability

Covering energy policy and politics, environmental monitoring, and sustainable food production.

History and Sociology of Science, Technology and Medicine

Building on foundational perspectives in the sociology of scientific knowledge and the social shaping of technology, including biomedical science and technology, colonial science, and science and gender.

Studies of Information and Communication Technology

Fostered through the Social Informatics cluster that draws colleagues from the Schools of Business and Informatics, and wider Digital Economy network including colleagues from the School of Law and the Edinburgh College of Art.

Studies of the Life Sciences

Covering innovation, governance and engagement strategies and their interactions across a range of life sciences including cell therapies, synthetic biology, pharmaceuticals, agro-biotechnology and biofuels.