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Our reputation for research that makes a difference has 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.

As well as rising to the immediate challenges presented by COVID-19, we continue our work to fight against tobacco-related harm, feed communities through sustainable aquaculture research and improve the lives of people with dementia. All our research is conducted to the highest standards of quality and integrity, allowing us to support and improve life across the world.


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.

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COVID-19 study: Impact of social distancing on older adults

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on social contact, loneliness, wellbeing and physical activity in older adults will be the focus of a new University of Stirling study.

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COVID-19 bite-sized lectures

Our academics give an overview of how their area of interest has been impacted by COVID-19.

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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Research Spotlight

Terror and Wonder

Find out how our research helped to shape the world's largest ever public exhibition of the Gothic at the British Library.

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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

Scotland’s sporting heritage

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

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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