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At the University of Stirling, our researchers are truly making a difference. We’re working to improve the lives of people with dementia, feeding communities through sustainable aquaculture research and finding creative ways to inspire better health and wellbeing. Our challenge-led research is conducted to the highest standards of quality and integrity, allowing us to support and improve life across the world.

Our expertise has also positioned us on the frontline of the UK’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re leading major projects to consider the effects of the virus on society, using our expertise to search for answers with impact.

Research themes

Our research is encompassed within three overarching themes: Cultures, Communities and Society; Global Security and Resilience; and Living Well.

Research programmes

Alongside our overarching themes, our research programmes further highlight our broad areas of expertise in 12 distinct areas. See what we're working on. 


Staff in our five academic faculties are the starting point and driving force behind the research taking place at the University of Stirling.

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Our COVID-19 research

Our experts are part of global efforts to combat COVID-19 and its wider effects. We're exploring how the pandemic has impacted children, carers, support workers, people with an alcohol or drugs dependency, those experiencing homelessness, and the wide community.

Our COVID-19 research

Research Spotlights

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Research Spotlight

Tackling depression and suicide

Our research seeks to explore new ways in which free mental health awareness and intervention can create positive outcomes and new care pathways for patients struggling with depression or at risk of suicide.

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Research Spotlight

Aquaculture research

Our Institute of Aquaculture's priorities reflect a global interest in understanding how aquaculture can support the rapidly increasing human population without depleting wild-fish stocks.

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Research Spotlight

Education and the Curriculum for Excellence

How education experts at Stirling are helping to ensure young people get the best possible education.

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Research Spotlight

Ensuring transparency in surveillance camera use

Learn how research conducted at Stirling has been pivotal to the creation of a National Surveillance Camera Strategy designed to ensure surveillance cameras are used responsibly and with transparency.

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Research Spotlight

Scotland’s sporting heritage

Find out more about our work to preserve and celebrate Scotland’s rich and diverse sporting history.

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Inspiring innovation

Our expertise has attracted major investment that positions the University at the heart of regional growth and research innovation. Plans are in place for a new £17 million Aquaculture Hub and £5 million International Environment Centre at the University as part of the Stirling and Clackmannanshire City Region Deal. We are also leading the Forth Environmental Resilience Array – a multi-million-pound project that will use sensors, satellite data and artificial intelligence to provide vital information on water quality and other critical factors that will drive sustainable economic recovery on a local, regional and ultimately global scale. 

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Research culture

In order to promote a healthy research culture across the University, we are engaged in a wide range of activities designed to ensure everyone's voice is heard and everyone's efforts are recognised. We believe that a supportive culture of collaboration and teamwork will allow all of our staff to achieve their potential, and we encourage staff at all levels to act as good role models and demonstrate fair, collaborative and supportive behaviour.

Most popular papers

Read and download our most popular research papers. You can also explore the entire catalogue of University of Stirling publications.


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