About our research
We are part of a world-class institution that engages with international and national governments and institutions while also being rooted in the City of Edinburgh and a Scottish context.
Shaped by these local and global perspectives, we value the role of research, knowledge exchange and impact in contributing to equitable, sustainable and socially responsible developments in education, sport, physical activity and wellbeing.
We view the creation, dissemination and curation of knowledge as deeply interwoven, and believe that we cannot address research and knowledge exchange in isolation, seeing them as a key component in driving innovation through learning and teaching. Our goals are to develop and sustain research excellence, make major contributions to the discipline base, set agendas, engage in futures thinking and respond to and inform the needs of our diverse stakeholders.
With over 250 research staff and students, we have a vibrant and expanding research community with a broad portfolio of academic disciplines gathered within seven broad research themes with permeable boundaries. These thematic hubs are:
- Advanced Quantitative Research in Education
- Children and Young People
- Digital Education
- Language Education
- Social Justice and Inclusion
- Sport and Health Sciences
- The Teacher, Curriculum and Pedagogy
They represent an integral part of our research culture and are inclusive of all academic staff and research students.
Our thematic hubs provide a scholarly base for research activities, work towards developing research capacity, and contribute to the development of links between research and teaching.
Research students and supervisors