Edinburgh Impact


Comment and analysis on today’s biggest issues from Edinburgh's world-leading experts.

The views expressed in this section are those of the contributors, and do not necessarily represent those of the University.

Eat your green bugs: Why Europeans should eat more insects

Cricket and chop sticks
The environmental gains are significant - swap beef for bugs and get the same protein and nutrients at a fraction of the impact. But do Westerners have the stomach for it?

The UK is 280 million years late for a fracking boom

Why lifting the ban on shale gas exploration is contradicted by geological knowledge, public opinion, and climate change action.

The Queen helped turn the ruins of British Empire into a force for good

The British Empire was brutal, humiliating and unwelcome for many, yet under Queen Elizabeth II's guidance, the Commonwealth helped bring some healing in its wake.

Governments are lagging behind digital entrepreneurs

Taxi driving past Uber sign
Big tech firms are using sophisticated backroom tactics to disrupt markets and embed their platforms before regulators catch up. It is time for more transparency.

Roe v Wade overturned: data protection under threat?

Vector of a woman with magnifying glass looking at a man standing on a modern gadget device, smartphone or tablet
Tools designed to help people track their health could be working against their civil liberties.

Would Scotland have a role in helping the world's poor?

In the event of an independent Scotland, could the country afford to devote the recommended 0.7 per cent of its income to international development? It depends on the country's moral compass as much as its bottom line.

How Russia's upside down, looking-glass worldview is driving the Ukrainian war

Paranoia, rising authoritarianism and revitalised imperialism are combining with devastating effect in the Russian political realm. Putin's dangerous, alternative reality has led to atrocities in Ukraine - and it might not stop there.

Putin should fear a war crimes trial

Vladimir Putin
Russia's invasion of Ukraine has reenergised respect for international law. Moves to punish the invaders may be slow, but there is new found enthusiasm for the systems that may see Vladimir Putin face justice.