Research centres and groups

The School hosts a number of research centres which provide a specialist focus for staff and postgraduate research activities.

Institute for Population, Wellbeing and Environment Research (I-POWER)

The Institute for Population, Wellbeing and Environment Research (I-POWER) aims to build links across traditions, offering new opportunities to cohere research capacity around major areas of socio-environmental concern. I-POWER nurtures integrative research around 'big issue' themes that link, for example, meanings of power and good governance, health, housing, environmental policy, and demographic and environmental change.

Established in 2012, I-POWER brings together all staff and research students across the School to ensure that they communicate effectively with each other, and externally, on their research successes, interests and activities. 

I-POWER activities are a mix of formal seminar events hosting external speakers who are recognised as leading international researchers in their field, informal research forums and roundtable discussions, and training events focused particularly at the School's growing community of postgraduate research students.

For more information, contact the I-POWER director, Dan Clayton (email:

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Bell Edwards Geographic Data Institute (BEGIN)

The Bell Edwards Geographic Data Institute (BEGIN) is a network of data researchers in the School of Geography and Sustainable Development. The institute brings together academic staff, postdoctoral researchers and PhD students who work with geographic data and are interested in developing new methods and modelling approaches for geographic problems. 

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Centre for Housing Research (CHR)

The CHR conducts policy-relevant research on social and supported housing, both independently and in conjunction with public and voluntary housing agencies.

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Centre for Population Change (CPC)

The CPC carries out a varied programme of collaborative research on fertility and family formation, household change, migration and population modelling.

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Scottish Oceans Institute (SOI)

The School of Geography and Sustainable Development is a partner in the SOI, an interdisciplinary research institute studying the marine environment.

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