Global research

At Edinburgh Napier, we are committed to ensuring our research is directly relevant to industry and the needs of society. In the UK and across the world, our researchers are making a difference to people’s lives.

Our researchers are passionate about learning through innovation, supporting economic growth, enabling social change and improving the health of people and the planet.

Our researchers help solve problems, whether helping companies turn their waste into biofuel or making supermarket delivery vans greener.

Over half of our research was recently rated as world-leading or internationally excellent by the Research Excellence Framework.

Postgraduate research

Join our world-class academic staff, and make a real impact on issues affecting the economy and society in Scotland and the wider world.

Making a difference

Through innovation, collaboration, and enterprise our research is having an impact across the globe.

Highlighted below are just some of the areas our research has had an impact.

Shaping the future of healthcare

We are working in partnership with institutions across 17 countries in Europe on the €17m Fi-STAR project to revolutionise the way healthcare is delivered across Europe.

Professor Christoph Thuemmler is managing several projects including:

  • using smart phones to radically improve the lives of rural diabetes patients in Norway’s Arctic Circle by streaming real-time sensory data to healthcare professionals
  • using 2D bar coding in Yorkshire to prevent error and fraud in wholesale pharmacy supply
  • creating an online cardiology service for people with heart failure in Romania

Saving Brazilian mangrove crabs

Research led by Dr Karen Diele with Brazilian collaborators has helped conserve Brazilian mangrove crabs. The crabs are a national delicacy and also key to the country’s coastal ecosystem. Dr Diele’s research has been instrumental in changing legislation aimed at sustainable practice.

Gearing up the economy

In partnership with Scottish Enterprise, Borders College and Development Mountain Biking in Scotland, we have set up a centre for training and research in the heart of Scotland’s mountain biking region to support and grow Scotland’s reputation as a global leader in this exciting sport.

Constructing innovatively

How do we build new homes while minimising impact on the environment? University construction experts led by Prof Sean Smith have pioneered technology to reduce heat loss and noise levels, while other researchers are helping make more of our existing housing stock.

Exploring tourism and social change

Research by our Business School in the UK, Hong Kong, Macau and Singapore revealed the difference in how Generation Y make decisions on attractions, hotels and events. This study helps tourism business to better communicate with 18-35 year olds.