Research Spotlight

Interdisciplinary Research Themes

Responding to the world’s most pressing problems, and responding to the strategic drivers in our funding environment, requires respectful and innovative interdisciplinary research. To build critical mass in our interdisciplinary partnerships, we are focusing our research development support on five, social-science led, interdisciplinary themes:

Upcoming events from the IRTs

Monday 23 – Tuesday 24 May, various times (in person).

Data science and AI at University of Glasgow. Four workshops to explore data science and AI in relation to health and inequality, sustainability, prosperity, and protecting society.

More info and booking. (Shared by Digital Society & Economy on behalf of Prof Ana Basiri).


Tuesday 24th May, all day (in person).

Enriching Scotland’s soil data – sensing, modelling and interoperability. Interdisciplinary workshop with presentations, thematic discussion and roundtable.

More info and booking. (Shared by Sustainability on behalf of Soil Health & Heritage project).


Wednesday 25 May, 10.30am – 1pm (in person).

Socially shaping connected homes: Dimensions of household practices, technologies, and home. Interdisciplinary workshop exploring digital connectivity and homes.

More info and booking. (Organised by Digital Society & Economy).


Friday 27 May, 4pm - 6pm (in person).

How can robots improve educational outcomes? Interdisciplinary workshop exploring uses for robots in educational settings.

More info and booking. (Organised by Digital Society & Economy).


Wednesday 14 June, 10am – 12.30pm (in person)

The Future of Digital Platforms: Ownership, Access, and Accountability. Interdisciplinary workshop exploring digital platforms.

More info and booking. (Organised by Digital Society & Economy)


Wednesday 25 May 10.30 – 13.30

Socially shaping connected homes: Dimensions of household practices, technologies, and home **note change of date**

Find out more and register


Monday 20 June 10.30am – 1pm (in person).

Not just an ESRC thing: Applying to health funders as a social scientist. Workshop to encourage social scientists to think about applying to NIHR and other health funders – no clinical background required.

More info and booking. (Organised by Addressing Inequalities).


Tuesday 21 June, 12.30pm – 2.20pm (online and in person).

Sustainable and inclusive research practices. Workshop exploring what a “sustainability statement” for research grant applications would look like.

More info and booking. (Organised by Sustainability).


Tuesday 21 June 5.30pm (in person).

After Cop26: Replace the M8? A public conversation on the future of Glasgow’s urban motorway.

SAVE THE DATE; Details and booking TBC. (Organised by Challenges in Changing Cities and Dr Andrew Hoolachan).


Wednesday 22 June, 8.30am – 10.30am (in person)

Legacy of COP26. Networking session for researchers and non-academic stakeholders.

More info and booking. (Organised by Sustainability IRT and Adam Smith Business School).


June – date tbc (online).

Applying for Nuffield funding. Information session and Q&A with representatives from Nuffield, and insights from current grant holders.

(Organised by Justice, Insecurity and Fair Decision Making).