Our research

At the Business School we are committed to ensuring our research is directly relevant to industry, the economy and the needs of society. Our staff are actively involved in both research and knowledge exchange activities.

Merchiston LibraryMale student studying with laptop.Research at the Business School has an applied focus, is policy and practice led, and is of both national and international relevance. Our research is disseminated through high quality publications, strengthening our teaching and professional development activities. Our research activities focus on four Research Centres and nine Subject Groups.

Research Centres

Subject Groups

  • accounting 
  • financial services   
  • law
  • entrepreneurship
  • strategy, operations & economics   
  • Business School learning
  • leadership and strategy in practice
  • economics and governance
  • public services
  • tourism, hospitality and events
  • languages and intercultural communication
  • marketing and consumer behaviour

Study a research degree

Find out more about studying for a research degree, such as a PhD or DBA. Our research degrees page tells you more about the research degrees we offer, fees, how to apply, and the funding and support you can access.

Employment Research Institute

The Employment Research Institute (ERI) provides a focus for staff across the Business School. The institute carries out contract and academic research in all aspects of employment on behalf of government bodies, individuals and employers. The information we provide can empower you to make better decisions.

ERI covers three main areas:

  • employment and employability
  • local economic development and entrepreneurship
  • equality issues

Recent projects include:

The impact of welfare reform in Scotland

Carried out in partnership with the University of Stirling on behalf of the Scottish Government, this project aims to explore the impact of ongoing changes to the welfare system in Scotland, and help the Scottish Government in making decision related to those areas within its responsibility.

Social Innovation - Empowering the Young for the Common Good (SocIEtY)

SocIEtY aims to explore how young people across Europe can be included in policy-making and how through social innovation we can provide support for problems faced by disadvantaged young people.

Gender balance in the games industry

Led by Equate Scotland and commissioned by Skills Development Scotland, this project will analyse the games sector, how companies operate and explore differences between men and women in roles, wages, conditions and training opportunities.

Find out more about the ERI including members, our latest projectsseminars and publications on the ERI website.

Public Engagement

Public Engagement is the exchange of ideas, research results and skills between universities, research organisations and business and the wider community.

At the Business School we have a long record of engaging with businesses and organisations across the UK, enabling innovative products and services to be developed. We also act as official advisers to the Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise via a number of our specialist centres.

Examples of the types of assistance we provide include:

  • consultancy
  • workforce development
  • market research
  • commercial research
  • student placements
  • knowledge exchange partnerships

With our academic expertise, specialist centres and access to cutting edge facilities and technology, we’re confident that we can meet your business needs.

Find out more.