Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Research and teaching

We support academics researching and teaching social responsibility and sustainability-related issues by facilitating networking and collaborating on projects.

The University as a Living Lab

LL SRS living lab architecture studio
For us, treating the University as a Living Lab means using our own academic and student research capabilities to solve social responsibility and sustainability issues relating to our infrastructure and practices.

Academic network

SRS academic network - dots connected by lines
The SRS Academic Network was established in 2014 to be an interdisciplinary community of research and teaching staff at the University of Edinburgh interested in social responsibility and sustainability themes. PhD students are welcome to join as well as academic staff.

Dissertation prizes

Dissertation prize rosette graphic
In collaboration with different academic Schools SRS dissertation prizes were awarded in 2015/16 and 2016/17 to highlight and recognise student research on social responsibility and sustainability themes.

Research placements

LL SRS research placements - students studying in the library
Reflecting the idea of viewing the University as a Living Lab, we collaborate with academic Schools to offer student research placements which examine areas of policy and practice.


LL SRS living lab teaching
We are working with partners across the University to better integrate social responsibility and sustainability issues into our teaching.

Responsible Futures

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The University and the Edinburgh University Students' Association are participating in the NUS Responsible Futures scheme to encourage a whole-institution approach to embed social responsibility and sustainability within learning and teaching.

Consultation responses

We work to gather views from across our academic and professional communities in order to respond to consultation requests on social responsibility and sustainability issues.

Our blog

The Visions blog is intended to allow us to reflect on the debates, developments and questions surrounding social responsibility and sustainability at the University of Edinburgh.

Read our blog

Climate change case studies highlighting research at the University of Edinburgh