Future Proof

Making ideas work for a better world

Discover Future Proof

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.

Co-create with us and make ideas work for a better world.

Explore 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

Learn 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.

22 Feb 2024
Opinion  
Compassion and Transforming the Economy
Future Proof
07 Nov 2023
Insight  
Collaboration using data to improve and innovate public services
Future Proof
Policy, public sector and justice
29 Aug 2023
News  
New collaboration to focus on reducing inequalities
Future Proof
Policy, public sector and justice
23 Mar 2023
Opinion  
It’s time for the financial services sector to reinvent itself, with purpose
Consultancy
Fintech
Future Proof
16 Mar 2023
Opinion  
Why we need to SHAPE innovation
Commercialisation
Culture, creativity and tourism
Policy, public sector and justice
Case Study  
Restoring trust in financial benchmarks
Fintech
Future Proof
Policy, public sector and justice
Case Study  
Bilingualism Matters
Culture, creativity and tourism
Policy, public sector and justice
Startups and spinouts
07 Mar 2023
Insight  
Innovation for Public Good 
Culture, creativity and tourism
Future Proof
Policy, public sector and justice
Case Study  
Circular product design for tomorrow’s world
Circular economy
Future Proof
Sustainability
28 Feb 2023
Insight  
How universities support Scotland’s creative industries
Culture, creativity and tourism
Data, AI & robotics
Future Proof
23 Feb 2023
Opinion  
Business risks of ChatGPT
Data, AI & robotics
Future Proof
Software
Case Study  
Mitigating Climate Risks for Scotland’s Festivals
Culture, creativity and tourism
Future Proof
Sustainability
Case Study  
Supporting placemaking through digital innovation
Data, AI & robotics
Future Proof
Policy, public sector and justice
14 Feb 2023
Insight  
Why can’t we work together? How to collaborate well
Future Proof
Policy, public sector and justice
Case Study  
Transforming scholarship in the archives
In the year that the University of Edinburgh celebrates 60 years of AI and Computer Science research, Edinburgh Innovations is showcasing the many ways in which the University is innovating in the digital space.
Data, AI & robotics
Future Proof
Startups and spinouts
Case Study  
Digital ethics: a roadmap for Scotland
Data, AI & robotics
Future Proof
Policy, public sector and justice
Case Study  
The future of Scotland is all fun and games
Culture, creativity and tourism
Data, AI & robotics
Future Proof
Startups and spinouts

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 Director of EFI and 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 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.

Professor Ewa Luger

Ewa holds a personal chair in Human-Data Interaction, is Director of Research Innovation for Edinburgh College of Art and Co-Director of the Institute of Design Informatics. She is also Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute. In research terms, her work explores applied ethical issues and intelligibility of complex data-driven systems, with a particular interest in distribution of power, spheres of exclusion and consent.

Professor Melissa Terras

Melissa is the Professor of Digital Cultural Heritage in Design Informatics, leads digital aspects of research within CAHSS as Founding Director of the Centre for Data, Culture and Society and builds digital capacity in the Edinburgh Futures Institute as EFI Research Director. Her research focuses on digitisation of cultural heritage, including its technologies, procedures, and impact, and how this intersects with internet technologies.

Professor Debi Fry

Debi is a Professor of International Child Protection Research and Director of Data for Childlight, a new global data institute at the University of Edinburgh focused on understanding the prevalence and nature of child sexual exploitation and abuse globally. She is also lead for the UNICEF Long-Term Framework Agreement at the University of Edinburgh. Prof Fry leads a wide variety of research globally on preventing violence against children and ensuring effective responses with the goal that all children can grow up free from experiencing violence.

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Aileen Appleyard

Head of Business Development
College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Edinburgh Innovations