Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Research placements

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.

Recent research placements

The following projects have been carried out by MSc students working with the SRS Department:

  • Eilidh Morrison, MSc Environment and Development: Social responsibility in University garment supply chains, July 2015 
  • Javier Ureña Palencia, MSc International Business and Emerging Markets: Lentils supply chains in Malawi, summer 2015
  • Lauren Opstad, MSc Environment and Development: Lentils supply chains in Malawi, summer 2015


For more information on research placements, please contact Matthew Lawson.

Matthew Lawson

Programme Manager

Contact details


  • Matthew Lawson is currently Programme Manager in the University of Edinburgh’s Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability having previously worked at Transition Edinburgh University. After completing his undergraduate degree in International Relations, Matthew got involved in a variety of community and environmental groups while studying for a Masters in Multi-level and Regional Politics. His research focused on climate change policy in Scotland. His current role includes responsibility for social responsibility and sustainability reporting, benchmarking, developing sector-wide and external partnerships, liaising with academic degree programmes and courses, as well as having oversight of the department’s outreach and student engagement activities. Matthew has worked for the University since 2011.