Research Themes


We have a strong focus on innovative and challenging research that is relevant to public policy development and professional practice. This has involved both empirical research and knowledge exchange projects.

Health, mental health and disability

There have been major shifts in policy and practice in relation to health and social care. Our research interrogates some of these developments. Global perspectives on health and health inequalities are key areas of research.

Children, Families and Relationships

The University of Edinburgh has a long tradition of conducting research about and with children and young people, dating back at least 30 years to the ground-breaking studies of John Triseliotis and others. Contemporary research includes a broad range of topics, local, national and international collaborations; and a strong emphasis on knowledge exchange.