Research Impact


Defined widely to include research, knowledge exchange, innovation and enterprise, research at Edinburgh Napier underpins our vision and mission as a research-engaged university and informs our academic portfolio at all levels.

Embedded within our academic schools, our leading-edge research institutes attract sponsorship from prestigious national and international funders to produce world-class research outcomes which make a difference to economy and society in Scotland, across the UK, and globally.

Edinburgh Napier's expert community of specialised researchers connects with business externally and collaborates with partners widely to ensure that our excellent near-to-market research delivers impact in fields as diverse as sustainable construction, compassionate care or responsible tourism.

See how we did in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 results.

Download Impact - a new magazine profiling some of our most interesting research.


Recently, we have been...

Healthcare practitioners

Shaping future healthcare
New mobile and internet technology is being used by an Edinburgh Napier team to revolutionise the way healthcare is delivered across Europe. Meanwhile, other work is using nature as the inspiration for computing solutions.

Sustaining global societies
In Kenya, we’ve helped protect over 100 hectares of tropical mangrove forests by setting up a carbon credit scheme. Thousands of miles away, in Brazil, another scientific scheme is helping conserve mangrove crabs – a national delicacy and key to the country’s coastal ecosystem.
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Gearing up our economy
Mountain biking is worth millions to the Scottish economy. Now a national centre near Peebles, with Edinburgh Napier at its heart, will aim to support the burgeoning industry around this exciting growth sport.  

Constructing innovatively
How do we build new homes whilst minimising impact on the environment? University construction experts have pioneered tech to reduce heat loss and noise levels, while other researchers are helping make more of our existing housing stock.
Influencing employment policy
For over a decade, the Employment Research Institute has worked with governments in Scotland, Northern Ireland and England to inform labour policies.
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Exploring tourism and social change
Can mega events like The World Cup be used to bring about social change? And what do Generation Y want from leisure events? We’re exploring those questions and others.
Find out more about everything above and more in our new magazine Impact, or email research@napier.ac.uk.