Edinburgh Impact

Futureproofing societies and the planet

Research into how societies can be more peaceful, just and equitable and how can we ensure life on our planet is thriving several generations from now.

The University is pioneering work in areas such as sustainable urban planning and engineering projects, delivering agenda-setting research into renewables, and offering insights into what makes strong, accessible systems of justice and governance.

Discover how Edinburgh's influence can help shape our future societies and earth's ecosystems.


Floating tidal turbine technology - Orbital O2

Harnessing time and tide

Tidal turbines produce green, cheap and plentiful energy from an abundant source. A new partnership can test in a few months how new designs will fare across decades in raging seas. The data-driven approach could provoke a sea change for the industry.

Harnessing time and tide
prow of the ship

Uncovering the mysteries of the deep

The health of the world’s oceans might be high on the political agenda, but how do we maintain their wellbeing with so much still unknown about them? Edinburgh researchers have been instrumental in a major project that has shone a light into the depths of the Atlantic.

Uncovering the mysteries of the deep