Parent and Child engage with puzzle game at 2017 Festival Of Social Science

Collaborative Partnerships

Collaborative Partnerships 

Collaborate with us to improve the way you do business, engage stakeholder, understand the complex data your team already collects. Social science can help drive innovation in business, third sector organizations, and so much more. Our researchers can offer their expertise in a multitude of ways to magnify your ways of working and understanding of your stakeholders.


The Gaitherin 

The Gaitherin is a great way to network with researchers and see what collaboration with research has to offer. 

The Gaitherin is a regular meet-up of Glasgow's entrepreneurs and academic researchers; a forum where business challenges can be shared, where new research outputs can be showcased, and where new ideas for collaboration can be forged. There is no single technical focus - the most interesting ideas emerge from hearing about something new.

Glasgow is home to a strong community of world-class academic researchers, who are constantly pushing the boundaries of technical possibility and human understanding, and some of the UK’s best and most innovative entrepreneurs; hosted by the University of Glasgow, the Gaitherin is a regular series of events to bring these dynamic communities together.

So whether you're a tech entrepreneur, a biomedical scientist, or anything in between, we'll see you at the Gaitherin. Learn more on meet up at

Public Engagement

Public Engagement 

Social science helps make sense of the world and communities in which we live. Our research isn’t carried out in a lab with white coats, it’s about engaging with real people to understand the forces that shape their daily lives, decisions and encounters. We run events with schools, community members, and others to demonstrate what social scientists do and how it can make a positive impact for us all.

ESRC Festival of Social Science 

As part of our public engagement program of events we put on a yearly event in coordination with the ESRC Festival of Social Science. In 2017 we went to Ikea where Saturday morning shoppers were treated with interactive social science exhibits, and in 2016 we set up shop at the iconic Glasgow location of the Barras with stalls demonstrating everything from carbon markets to 'the game of life'. 

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2017 Festival of Social Sciences: At Home with Ikea

2016 Festival of Social Sciences: The Barras Social 

Policy & Practice

Policy & Practice 

Social Science help policy makers and influencers make research-based decisions. Policy and legislation has daily impact on the lives of everyone, with social science we can make sense of the ways policy can positively shape communities. 

Contact us for information on how we shape policy & practice

Olympia Social Research Hub

World-leading research for positive change in the East End of Glasgow


The Olympia Social Research Hub is a collaboration between the Glasgow Centre for Population Health (GCPH) and the College of Social Sciences at the University of Glasgow, based in the East End of the city.

At the office in the Olympia building on Bridgeton Cross, co-housed researchers from both organisations are building on extensive research and learning on important areas central to tackling inequalities in society. The research and wider engagement of the Hub aims to make a real, positive difference that benefits both the local community and the wider city region as well as informing the policy debate in Scotland and beyond.

The work of the Hub focusses on four key themes:

  • Promoting place-based approaches to inclusion and social justice – looking at every part of a local area, from schools to streetlamps, to see how a place can support people better.
  • Tackling social disadvantage and vulnerability – exploring the different ways that society can support people who face a number of challenges.
  • Encouraging education and employment – including looking at how schools and other agencies interact with their neighbourhoods to improve children’s lives, as well as skills, training and work options.
  • Supporting primary care and community health – working with local people and professionals in their efforts to improve health in Glasgow.


With opportunities for working more closely with a range of partners, community organisations and local people, the University and the GCPH are pursuing these themes through joint research projects, events and publications.

There is already a wide-range of innovative and ambitious joint work between the GCPH and the University of Glasgow with a real impact on communities, policy and practice.

  • GoWell ( A partnership looking at how investing in housing and regeneration in Glasgow impacts the health and wellbeing of people in the local community. 
  • Participatory budgeting: A collaboration on developing community profiles and evaluating the Thriving Places scheme – a way of supporting and creating community projects in parts of the city with consistent problems with inequality, child poverty and unemployment.
  • Excess mortality: A long-running programme looking into the range of causes behind Glasgow and the West of Scotland’s problem of people dying younger than in other areas.
  • Breakfast clubs: An assessment of School Breakfast Clubs and their education and wellbeing impacts on children and parents. This joint project between the Robert Owen Centre and What Works Scotland has examined Breakfast Clubs in action in a number of East End schools.

There are further ventures planned, and new ideas and connections are also welcome.

If you would like to arrange a visit and chat about what we do and share ideas for working together, or if you are a University of Glasgow staff member and would like to arrange working from Olympia please get in touch: