Research, Action & Impact

Knowledge for urgent climate action

The University of Edinburgh is ranked globally for its excellence in research, teaching and innovation. Our academics are at the forefront of applying cutting edge research to help communities adapt and mitigate the effects of the climate emergency.

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The Edinburgh Research Explorer provides a public view of the University of Edinburgh’s research activity including projects, outputs, academic profiles, publications, and data sets. Search keywords to learn more about our work.

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The University of Edinburgh hosts over 35 distinct research centres, institutes, networks and groups that are actively making an impact through climate, environment, biodiversity, sustainability related research across all disciplines.

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Adaptation Community of Practice

The Adaptation Community of Practice is a group open to postgraduate students, researchers and practitioners…

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Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate of the Anthropocene

The Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate of the Anthropocene Research Group investigates key processes and drivers…

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Centre for Adapting to Changing Environments

The Centre for Adapting to Changing Environments (ACE) is a leading centre in multidisciplinary research…

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Centre for Business, Climate Change and Sustainability

Co-ordinated by the Centre for Business and Climate Change and the Sustainable Business Initiative, B-CCaS…

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Centre for Research on Environment, Society and Health

The Centre for Research on Environment, Society and Health contributes to a healthier population and…

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Centre for Science, Knowledge and Policy (SKAPE)

The Centre for Science, Knowledge and Policy (SKAPE) brings together academic researchers across a range…

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Centre for Statistics

The Centre for Statistics (CfS) trains the next generation of statisticians and data scientists. Focused…

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Centre for Supporting Evidence Based Interventions in Livestock

The Centre for Supporting Evidence Based Interventions in Livestock puts data and evidence at the…

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Centre for Sustainable Forests and Landscapes

The Centre for Sustainable Forests and Landscapes’ mission is to work with a wide range…

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Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health (CTLGH)

The Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health (CTLGH) supports partnership programmes that aim to…

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ClimateXChange

ClimateXChange (CXC) is Scotland’s centre of expertise on climate change. They commission research and analysis…

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Earth Fellows Edit

Edinburgh Earth Initiative’s Earth Fellows programme gives current students the unique opportunity to work on…

Edinburgh Climate Change Institute
Edinburgh Climate Change Institute (ECCI)

ECCI is a leading centre for research, teaching, policy and practice for climate action, and…

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Edinburgh Environmental Humanities Network

The Edinburgh Environmental Humanities Network (EEHN) emphasises reflection upon and innovation across the disciplinary boundaries…

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Edinburgh Infectious Diseases

A network connecting over 860 scientists in 210 research groups, actively working in infectious disease…

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Edinburgh Research Partnership in Engineering

The Edinburgh Research Partnership in Engineering (ERPE) is a strategic alliance between Heriot-Watt University and…

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Energy@Edinburgh

Energy@Edinburgh is an interconnected community of 200 researchers across different schools in the University, aligned…

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ESALA Climate Action

ESALA Climate Action is a student and staff group aiming to tackle the Climate Emergency…

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Food Researchers in Edinburgh (FRIED)

Food Researchers in Edinburgh (FRIED) and its members approach food from a variety of angles,…

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GENDER.ED

GENDER.ED provides a dynamic directory and up-to-date resources on gender and sexualities courses, researchers, research…

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Institute for Ecology and Evolution

The Institute for Ecology and Evolution has carried forward groundbreaking research from the Ashworth Laboratories…

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Institute for Infrastructure and Environment

The Institute for Infrastructure and Environment is aimed at promoting the well-being of humanity in…

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Institute of Molecular Plant Sciences

The Institute of Molecular Plant Sciences staff’s research addresses the global challenges of food security,…

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One Health Network

The One Health network focuses on improving livelihoods around the world – exploring complex relationships…

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OpenSpace Research Centre

The OpenSpace Research Centre is a collaborative, multi-disciplinary team, bringing together experts in landscape architecture,…

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RACE.ED

RACE.ED is a cross-university network concerned with race, racialisation and decolonial studies from a multidisciplinary…

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Science for Sustainability Hub

The Science for Sustainability Hub was established to strengthen research collaborations across Synthetic Biology and…

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SDG Research Network

The SDG Research Network is run by postgraduate and postdoc researchers. We run events to…

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Sus+ The Edinburgh Network of Social Scientists for Sustainability

Sus+ is the Edinburgh network of social scientists for sustainability. Our aim is to enhance…

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The Centre for Future Infrastructure

Centre for Future Infrastructure is a emerging space for partners from all sectors of the…

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The Edinburgh Centre for International and Global Law

The Edinburgh Centre for International and Global Law (ECIGL) brings together and expands the exciting…

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The Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Systems

The Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Systems is developing new science, curating evidence and…

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UN-University Centre for Education for Sustainable Development

‘Learning for Sustainability Scotland’ is a growing network of educators, practitioners and key partners, all…

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UNCOVER

UNCOVER, established by the University of Edinburgh’s Usher Institute in 2020 as a response to…

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Water Technology and Research at Edinburgh

The WaTeREd (Water Technology and Research at Edinburgh) Network is a multidisciplinary collaborative network which…