Research in social sciences at Heriot-Watt University spans a broad range of areas of culture, communities, social interactions and learning, health and wellbeing, the urban environments, business and management, and economics and finance. We adopt an interdisciplinary approach and engage regularly with policy makers to provide advice. Heriot-Watt University is a partner in the Scottish Institute for Research in Economics (SIRE) and Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR) research pools.
School of Social Sciences (SoSS)
The School of Social Sciences (SoSS) is an integrated, research-driven community, delivering cutting edge theoretical understandings in conjunction with practical and policy-oriented insight with increasing emphasis on interdisciplinary endeavour. Our research centres provide insight, knowledge and expertise across a range of disciplines alongside strong academic leadership in research. The School hosts a number of research centres, including: the Logistics Research Centre; Centre for Research on Work & Wellbeing; Centre for Finance and Investment; Accounting Research Centre; Centre for Energy, Resource and Environmental Studies; and the Spatial Economics and Econometrics Centre
Edinburgh Business School (EBS)
Founded in 1997, the Edinburgh Business School is a wholly own company of Heriot-Watt University providing MBA, MSc and DBA programmes globally. It is one of the largest distance learning MBA programmes in the world. Research is conducted via the DBA programme. See the School of Social Sciences above for research programmes covering business and management at Heriot-Watt University
School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences (MACS)
Combining the research concentration in actuarial and financial mathematics within the School of Mathematical & Computer Sciences with the strength in accountancy, finance and investment within the School of Management & Languages brings together a large critical mass of experts in finance. Heriot-Watt University works closely with the financial sector offering considerable expertise and wide experience. Heriot-Watt University hosts the Scottish Financial Risk Academy (SFRA), the Centre for Finance and Investment, and the Genetics and Insurance Research Centre.
School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society (EGIS)
Planning and urban design are fundamental to shaping our cities and towns and have a pivotal role in achieving important development objectives, such as a wealthier and fairer, healthier and safer society. The mission of the Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design is to achieve greater use of design quality assessment tools relevant to buildings, infrastructure, public spaces and places by advancing scientific understanding in architectural engineering, construction management and planning. The Institute for Social Policy, Housing, Equalities Research (I-SPHERE) conducts research into social and urban policy dealing issues such as real estate, mobility, communities, homelessness, and travel.
Scottish Institute for Research in Economics (SIRE)
SIRE is the outcome of a substantial investment in Economics Research in Scotland by the Scottish Funding Council and ten participating universities. It builds on the distinguished tradition of Economics in Scotland, with eminent contributions from, among others, Adam Smith and David Hume, and the more recent history of successful collaboration in the Scottish Graduate Programme in Economics, founded in 1989.