Research and Knowledge Exchange

Research centres highlights

The College is home to over 70 research centres and institutes.

In the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, many research centres/institutes have been crucial catalysts in developing new collaborations within and across Schools. This has resulted in significant research income and increases in numbers of staff and students in our research community. They have been especially helpful in facilitating interdisciplinary work which has attracted important research council support and also as focal points for philanthropic donations.

Some centres have attracted significant external funding from the UK research councils and other sources.


CAHSS Guide for setting up a research centre, reporting and reviewing (EASE login required)

This section highlights the work of some of the Research Centres and Institutes within the College.

Keep visiting this page regularly. These highlights are refreshed every now and then with new presentations of our varied research centres and institutes.

The Edinburgh Europa Institute

The Europa Institute hosting External Affairs Secretary Fiona Hyslop MSP
The Europa Institute hosting External Affairs Secretary Fiona Hyslop MSP for a public lecture on the EU's 60th anniversary

The Edinburgh Europa Institute is a multi-disciplinary teaching and research centre within the University of Edinburgh devoted to the independent study of the governance, institutions, law and policies of the European Union.

The purpose of the Europa Institute is to facilitate academic analysis, teaching and debate of the history and process of European integration with specific reference to the policies and institutions of the European Union and its Member States.

The Europa Institute is a pre-eminent centre for the study of the European Union and enjoys close collaborations with leading research scholars in European Union studies and practitioners from across the world.

The Europa Institute organises a range of seminars, conferences and lectures on themes pertaining to European integration.  The Europa Institute publishes the highly successful European Futures blog.  Its Europa Research Group is  a very active forum for postgraduate students.  While heavily focused on academic matters, the Europa Institute also provides a platform for policy makers and officials to deliver keynote lectures of interest to a wider public. 

Visit the website of the Edinburgh Europa Institute to learn more



Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Research Centre

Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Research Centre
Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Research Centre members

Opened in 2010 by Nicola Sturgeon, the facility provides a high-quality research environment for investigations into the causes and treatment of dementia, and care provided by relatives and friends.

The Centre provides a high quality environment for dementia research, commissions and develops a balanced portfolio of clinical and scientific research, seeks to attract external dementia research funding, and develops and maintains a brain tissue bank.

In summer 2016, the Centre received a further 5 years' funding from Alzheimer Scotland to continue this important work. A particular focus of the centre is environmental risk factors for dementia, including air pollution and vitamin D. 


Visit the Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Research website to find out more




The Physical Activity for Health Research Centre (PAHRC)               

Cyclists (stock image)

The Physical Activity for Health Research Centre (PAHRC) Directed by Prof Nanette Mutrie, PAHRC is a research centre within the Institute of Sport, Physical Education and Health Sciences in Moray House School of Education which aims to provide evidence of how to encourage people of all ages to ‘sit less and walk more’.

 Increasing physical activity and reducing sedentary time are major public health goals. Our vision is to become an internationally recognised centre of excellence in the field of physical activity for health. We seek to create an active research environment that will inform teaching (particularly the new MSc in PhysicalActivity for Health and Intercalated BSc for medical students) and knowledge exchange in related areas.

PAHRC’s research planning follows established frameworks with an interdisciplinary approach to develop, test and implement interventions which encourage people of all ages to ‘sit less and move more’.

For more information, please email us at or follow us on Twitter @UoE_PAHRC" or attend our weekly meetings on Wednesdays at 12-1pm in Room 2.35, St Leonard's Land.

Visit the website of the Physical Activity for Health Research Centre to learn more.



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