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

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Dr Laura Airey

Laura is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh Business School. Her research with Professor Loretto on ageing and employment has contributed to the development of Scottish Government policies to improve older workers’ labour market position. Age Scotland used their research in the creation of its Age-Inclusive Matrix – a specialist HR consultancy service designed to support employers to develop age-inclusive policies and practices. Through an on-going collaboration with Age Scotland, CIPD and Business in the Community, Laura has been involved in establishing the Age@Work Employer Network, a community of employers who are committed to making their workplaces more age-inclusive.

Brian Baglow

Brian Baglow

Brian Baglow is a writer, games designer, and founder of the Scottish Games Network, the industry body for the video games sector in Scotland. Scottish Games Network supports Scotland’s gaming industry to connect to other sectors and regions, promoting interactive media as a transformative technology. Covering academia, business, culture and consumer issues, the Scottish Games Network is a focal point and community for the issues affecting the games industry.


Jamie Cross

Professor Jamie Cross

Jamie is Professor of Social and Economic Anthropology, specialising in the study of energy, technology, and economy in the global south. His research also involves the production of physical and digital objects that probe the material politics of our energy futures through collaborations with visual artists, filmmakers, and designers. 

Debi Fry

Dr Debi Fry

Debi Fry is a Senior Lecturer in Child Protection, co-director of the End Violence Lab and lead for the UNICEF Long-Term Framework Agreement at the University of Edinburgh. Dr 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.

Professor Tina Harrison

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. 

Professor Gbenga Ibikunle

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.  

Wendy Loretto

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.
Dr Andrew Manches

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. 

Neil Pollock

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.

Dr Gianluca Raccagni

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.

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Professor Alan Raybould

Alan is Professor of Innovation in Life Sciences.  His research focuses on the use of science to inform decision-making, particularly improving the regulation of new agriculture and food products.  He is a member of the Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment (ACRE) that provides statutory advice to the UK Government on the potential risks to human health and the environment from the release and marketing of genetically modified organisms and non-native species used for biological control.
Chris Speed

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 Joyce Tait

Professor Joyce Tait

Joyce is Co-Director of the Innogen Institute and works in the Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security, both at the University of Edinburgh. She is currently working on the circular economy and the bioeconomy, responsible innovation and regulation/innovation interactions. Recent appointments include the Regulatory Horizons Council, the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology, and the Synthetic Biology Leadership Council (and Chair of its Governance Subgroup).  

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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.

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 the 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 shows 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.

Dr Gianluca Raccagni

Re-thinking the circular economy

Dr Gianluca Raccagni


Professor Gbenga Ibikunle

Sustainable finance

Dr Andrew Manches

Edi the Bear - Helping Children Understand Personal Data

Chris Speed

Edinburgh Futures Institute

Brian Baglow

The future of Scotland is all fun and games

Jamie Cross Solar What

Solar What?!

Joyce Tait

Diagnostic test to combat antimicrobial resistance


Automatic image cropping – another one ticked off The List!


The Second Pitch

Veronique Miron

Breathe Easy with Sopra Steria’s new data-driven tool to help those financially impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic


Scottie has just the ticket to future proof the performing arts


Reducing barriers to employment for the over 50s in Scotland


Mobilising the intellectual resources of the arts and humanities

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Aileen Appleyard

Head of Business Development at the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Science Account Team