Cultures, Communities and Society

Nothing exists in isolation from the rest of the world, and studying and researching subjects in their wider context is at the heart of our thematic area of Cultures, Communities and Society. 

By exploring the past and recognising how we can learn from it, promoting innovations in teaching and understanding distinctive cultures and political authority, we strive to bring communities together in mutually-beneficial ways.

Research Spotlights

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Research Spotlight

Bringing Gothic culture to the British Library

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

Preserving 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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Research Spotlight

Enhancing avalanche safety through philosophy

Learn how our research is informing best practice among mountain safety practitioners, professionals and educators around the world.

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Shaping human rights reform

Find out how our research has been informing Scotland’s approach to the legal incorporation of international human rights obligations into domestic law.

Related research programmes

Home, Housing and Community

Millions across the world remain homeless. Focusing on social justice, we influence the agenda for policy and practice, promoting a safe and secure home for everyone.

Cultural Heritage

Society's identity, wellbeing and progress are constantly challenged. We empower communities by enhancing their understanding of their cultural past to positively influence their future.

Digital Society and Culture

Digital technologies are changing the way we live. Our critical thinking questions the impact of these changes and explores potential solutions to address the challenges this creates.

More research themes

Global Security and Resilience

Providing the world's population with a sustainable way of living.

Living Well

Helping people to maintain, attain or regain good health.