Research in the Centre is characterised by interdisciplinarity and working at the interface of research in social innovation and the social economy, health economics and public health. We have created a scholarly, critical, multidisciplinary environment for excellent, relevant and impactful research to thrive.  

We work closely with external stakeholders including policymakers, practitioners from public, private and third sectors as well with UK and international academics. In our recent flagship research project, funded by NIHR - Common Health Assets, we are working in partnership with researchers and community organisations in Scotland, England and Northern Ireland.

The Centre has strong links with the three university schools through research led teaching, joint appointments, as co-applicants on collaborative research projects and joint supervision of PhD students. 

Centre staff work across research themes in collaborative teams that come together for specific projects, to organise events and conferences and as writing teams. To find out more about our research, click below and read about our Social Economy, Economics of Health and Wellbeing and Community, Citizenship and Participation research themes. 

Since its inception in 2010, the Centre has won competitive research grants worth £30m, with £7m income to the Centre, from major and prestigious funders, such as the Medical Research Council, Wellcome Trust, the Economic and Social Research Council, Scottish Government, European Social Fund, and the Community Fund. The Centre also collaborates on major collaborative awards from the Research Councils, the European Commission, the Chief Scientist Office and the National Institute for Health Research. Centre members are co-investigators on grants from Australian Research Council, the National Health & Medical Research Council (Australia), and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.