Social Science

Purpose of the group

To provide a forum to draw together social science research on policy topics of interest to MSPs. Doing so will further broaden the evidence base for debate of contemporary issues and the scrutiny of legislation. In addition it will help strengthen the relationships between parliamentarians and academics, encouraging interaction beyond those subjects specifically discussed by the group. 

Forthcoming meetings

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Annual Return/Report

Group Officers

Group Members

Non MSP Individuals

Mark Difley 


Scottish Policy and Research Exchange (SPRE) - secretary

Academy of Government

AQMEN (Applied Quantitative Methods Network)

Campaign for Social Science

Centre for Energy Policy

Centre for Remote and Rural Studies

Centre for Science, Knowledge and Policy (SKaPE) 

Centre on Constitutional Change

Fraser of Allander institute

Institute for Social Policy, Housing and Equalities Research

International Public Policy Institute

Ipsos MORI Scotland

Policy Scotland

Public Service and Governance Research Group

Royal Society of Edinburgh

RSE Young Academy of Scotland 


Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR)

Scottish Centre for Science, Knowledge and Policy (SKaPE)

Scottish Funding Council

Scottish Graduate School on Social Science 

SRUC Rural Policy Centre

Understanding Inequalities

Universities Scotland

University of Strathclyde, School of Government and Public Policy

What Works Scotland 

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Cross Party Groups and GDPR

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