Future Proof

Making ideas work for a better world

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Discover the University of Edinburgh’s academic knowledge base that uses design thinking to co-create solutions, driving innovation for your organisation

Explore how we can engage with you as we open our doors to a thriving co-creative ecosystem giving you full access to our expert teams, data skills and knowledge, infrastructure, innovation and protocols that can help you develop and deliver solutions to society’s biggest challenges.

Edinburgh Innovations is the University of Edinburgh’s commercialisation service. We bring University of Edinburgh research to industry, working to identify ideas with value, and facilitating the process of bringing them to life in real-world applications.

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The future of the high street

The Edinburgh Futures Institute project ‘Future of the High Street’ was created to support the high street as a successful, vibrant and liveable place as we emerge from Covid-19. It combined citizen engagement and co-design with rapid prototyping, urban data and research to better understand key high street challenges and opportunities.

Discover Our People

Discover the University of Edinburgh’s innovative creative data capability led by an exceptional team of experts.

Professor Shannon Vallor

Shannon is the Baillie Gifford Chair in the Ethics of Data and Artificial Intelligence and Director of the Centre for Technomoral Futures in the Edinburgh Futures Institute. Her research explores how emerging technologies reshape human moral and intellectual character, and maps the ethical challenges and opportunities posed by new uses of data and artificial intelligence.

Professor Chris Speed

Chris is Chair of Design Informatics and Co-Director of the Institute that encompasses researchers working across the disciplines of interaction design, temporal design, anthropology, software engineering and digital architecture. Chris’ research involves extensive collaboration with a wide variety of partners to explore how design provides methods to adapt and create products and services within a networked society, worth more than £65m to date.

Professor Wendy Loretto

Wendy is Dean of the University of Edinburgh Business School and Professor of Organisational Behaviour. Her research focuses on the ways in which gender, age and health interact to affect later-life work and retirement experiences.

Professor Neil Pollock

Neil Pollock is Professor of Innovation and Social Informatics at the University of Edinburgh Business School, where he teaches and conducts research on the topic of digital innovation and digital entrepreneurship. He is primarily known for his interdisciplinary research on IT that sits at the intersection between Information Systems, Innovation Studies and Economic Sociology.

Professor Tina Harrison

Tina is Professor of Financial Services Marketing and Consumption and her research interests are around consumer use and the role of technology. She has conducted research for the Money Advice Service into young adults’ financial capability and an ESRC project on the impact of the internet on the pensions industry.

Dr Gianluca Raccagni

Gianluca is Lecturer in Medieval History. His research explores political culture and political structures in the central Middle Ages, covering Europe and the Mediterranean. He is currently working on projects on the Italian city republics and crusading, and on cultural border crossing in the Mediterranean on the eve of the crusades. Gianluca is also interested in the relationship between the humanities and the creative industries, which led to the launch of the History and Games Lab at the University of Edinburgh

Dr Andrew Manches

As Senior Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, Andrew leads the Children and Technology group as co-director of the Digital Education Research Centre. Andrew has led and co-led multiple externally funded projects (Wellcome, ESRC, Carnegie, ScotPEN, EPSRC, NESTA, Innovate, NSF) and has spun out two companies to commercialise this work. Andrew’s recent focus has been on the role of data in early learning – the ethical design of technologies and ways to support children’s understanding and ability to consent to giving such personal data.

Professor Gbenga Ibikunle

As Professor of Finance at the University of Edinburgh, Deputy Scientific Director at the Fondazione European Capital Markets Cooperative Research Centre in Pescara and Fellow at the RoZetta Institute in Sydney, Gbenga’s research sits at the intersection of the economics of markets (financial and environmental), data science and policy. His work on the microstructure of high-tech financial markets has interested practitioners and policy makers/regulators, and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), where he is often a Research Visitor – his research on dark pools and interest rate swaps were also published by the FCA.

Discover our co-creation process

Fully embedded within the University of Edinburgh’s approach is the art of co-creation.

Co-creation refers to a product or service design process in which input from all stakeholders plays a central role from beginning to end. With spaces dedicated to fuel conversation and engagement, the outcomes of a co-creative culture will be wide and varied, supporting trust-building, access to talent, networking within an ecosystem, growth and inspiration.

This is evident throughout our university, but a particular example is Edinburgh Futures Institute (EFI). Vital to the nature of the EFI is the reciprocity of challenges, ideas and economies that should flow between learners, researchers and businesses/organisations. Central to that process is co-creation. We encourage internal and external parties to meet, exchange and explore how knowledge from multiple perspectives (civic, technical, corporate and social) can tackle the significant challenges that society faces in the present, and near futures.

Our achievements and expertise show that the University of Edinburgh is a place to discover, explore and define opportunities to address small and large-scale challenges with you.

Discover our successes

Discover how we’ve supported data-driven innovation in the creative industries and beyond, facilitating collaborations between industry and academia to produce ground-breaking new products, services and experiences.

Case Study 
The future of the high street
Culture, creativity and tourism
Data, AI & Robotics
Future Proof
Policy, public sector and justice
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Putting Edinburgh on the map
Culture, creativity and tourism
Future Proof
20 Oct 2021
Opinion 
Developing partnerships: PhD students and Canon Medical
04 Aug 2021
Opinion 
Professor Shannon Vallor
Mobilising the intellectual resources of the arts and humanities
Data, AI & Robotics
Future Proof
06 Aug 2021
Opinion 
Older Workers – reducing barriers to employment for the over 50s in Scotland
Business continuity
Future Proof
31 Aug 2021
Opinion 
Future Proof: Edinburgh Futures Institute
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Case Study 
Breathe Easy with Sopra Steria’s new data-driven tool
Fintech
Future Proof
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Wargames
Culture, creativity and tourism
Future Proof
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Edi the Bear – Helping Children Understand Personal Data
Data, AI & Robotics
Future Proof
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Scottish Games Network
Culture, creativity and tourism
Data, AI & Robotics
Case Study 
Re-thinking the circular economy
Animals & Agriculture
People, Places and Planet
Sustainability
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Solar What?!
Circular economy
Energy
People, Places and Planet
Startups and spinouts
Sustainability
Case Study 
Automatic image cropping – another one ticked off The List!
Data, AI & Robotics
Future Proof
15 Sep 2021
Opinion 
Sustainable finance: putting UK consumers at the heart of the government’s net zero target
Sustainability
23 Aug 2021
Opinion 
The Second Pitch
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Head of College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Account Team