The School of Social and Political Science embraces the Subject Areas of Politics and International Relations, Social Anthropology, Social Policy, Social Work, Sociology, and Science, Technology and Innovation Studies. It also includes the Institute of Governance, the ESRC Centre for Social and Economic Research on Innovation in Genomics (INNOGEN), and the Centres of African Studies, Canadian Studies and South Asian Studies.

The School has a long-standing commitment to original empirical and theoretical research on society, politics, culture and public policy sustained by a cosmopolitan community of academic staff which is highly active in national and international research networks as well as being involved in knowledge transfer activities.

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  • A Comparative Analysis of the Documentation of Torture and Ill-Treatment in Low-Income Countries

    In many Low Income Countries (LICs), violence is endemic, and among urban populations, the poor are the most vulnerable to torture and ill-treatment.
  • Cool Infrastructures

    Data collected as part of the ESRC / GCRF funded project "Cool Infrastructures: Life with heat in the Off Grid City."
  • New Norms and Forms of Development

    Donors and international organisations involved in dispersing foreign aid now routinely employ contracts with service providers to carry out functions relating to international health service development and delivery.
  • Social Work

    The University of Edinburgh has been providing training for social workers since 1918. It is one of the largest centres for social work education in the UK and is among the highest ranked for the quality of its teaching ...

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