Data Collection

Research Skills in the Social Sciences: Data Collection is concerned with the techniques and practices of doing empirical research.  It’s a team-taught research training course in the Graduate School, and develops professional competence in gathering information...

Christophe Dubois

worked on restorative justice at Edinburgh in 2009-2010 and again in 2017, and is now back at the University of Liège,...

postdoctoral researchers

Postdocs and other research fellows come to Edinburgh to write and to develop new projects. They become part of academic communities both here and abroad, and many also make valuable contacts with policy makers and practitioners in government and beyond.

doctoral students

Most postgraduate students working on policy also have some experience of working in policy, whether for government or other organizations. This is where they find some of their most challenging and practice-relevant topics. For the same reason, many also study and...

working at Edinburgh

Get in touch if you’d like to talk about doing doctoral or postdoctoral research at Edinburgh, in any of the subjects and centres in the Graduate School. Just use the contact button on the menu page, above.

Why ‘Social Science and Public Policy’?

Because it’s what I do, and because it helps to remind me what I’m supposed to be doing.  Things drift off and fall away and sometimes drop off the edges, so I need that.  But then it also begs questions, helps to interrogate exactly what social science...

Knowledge, Organisations and Policy

This doctoral workshop met over two days at the end of April 2017, and brought together researchers from Social Policy in Edinburgh and the Centre de Recherches et Interventions Sociologiques (CRIS) in Liège.

Sophie Thunus

was FNRS Chargé de Recherches at the University of Liège, Belgium and Visiting Fellow at the Academy of Government 2016-2017, where she wrote about meetings. She now teaches at the Université Catholique de Louvain.

Fauzia Malik

studied the working out of health care reform on the ground, at an HIV clinic in Atlanta.  She teaches global health at Emory University.

Isn’t policy boring?

Why do you think so?  I’m always surprised by this question.  Then again, isn’t this what’s interesting about it?  What have we done such that world-making, which is really what government is, has become boring?  Part of the problem, I think, is in...

Reference Group on In/Equalities

A Reference Group is a community of policy makers and practitioners working in different contexts in pursuit of a common goal.  They meet periodically in order to reflect, both individually and collectively, on the challenges they face in doing so: they discuss their...

PhD honoris causa

Awarded the degree of PhD honoris causa by the University of Liège, 19 March 2016. It’s a tremendous personal honour, but also recognition of a longstanding, exciting collaboration with members of the Centre de Recherches et Interventions Sociologiques...

Teaching Award nomination: supervision

I was proud to be nominated for Best Research or Dissertation Supervisor at EUSA’s (Edinburgh University Students’ Association) Teaching Awards ceremony in 2012.  I didn’t win, but am endlessly glad of what students said:

Scottish Drugs Policy Conversations

The Academy of Government supported the early development of the Scottish Drugs Policy Conversations, which address changing patterns of drug use and related harm, developments in policy and practice in Scotland and other countries, new research findings as well as...

Policy Work

grounded in primary materials, insider accounts and ethnographic case studies, explores ways of thinking about policy making as a form of work or practice… This is a core component of the Academy of Government’s Masters programme in Public Policy. There...