Our Research Themes

Current research expertise ranges across subjects that include: content

Current research expertise ranges across subjects that include:


In support of spreading research throughout the whole university and ensuring that all academic staff are connected by a common culture of research scholarship, the university is pursuing a growing focus on supporting and developing the horizontal linkages across partners and disciplines. University faculty strategies for learning and teaching are focussed on creating research-teaching linkages and fostering a culture of scholarship and research. This requires a close and critical connection between the university’s curriculum strategy, staff development strategy, and the research strategy, and this will be a major focus for UHI.

Our research teams employ a 'clustering' of disciplines into four multi-disciplinary themes which are described in detail in the four main sections (accessed by the navigation link on the left). This gives a flavour of the type of activity currently being undertaken across the university.  Wherever possible use the contact details within each area to discover more detail or make direct contact with us.



Annual Research Showcase

Our research is inspired by and contributes to the natural environment, culture, industries and social infrastructure of the Highlands and Islands. These publications provide a snapshot of some of the cutting-edge research taking place around our partnership and introduce the talented staff and students leading the projects.

2017 Review

Threat of marine plastics to seabirds
Cross-border renewable energy centre launched
The design of a new molecular genomics too
Whale skeletons unearthed in Orkney dig
New wave measurement technology

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2016 Review

Creating a Scottish shellfish hatchery: the Stepping Stone project
Firths and Fjords: a coastal history conference
Robotic gliders herald sea of change in ocean survey work
Developing northern fruit wines from novel, locally-grown fruit
The health risks of nanoparticles: size matters
Reducing amputations in people with diabetes
Turning the tide on marine litter: the Circular Ocean project

2016 Research Review Cover

2015 Review

Robots exploring deepest ocean zones
Contemporary imaginaries of Scotland’s national dishes
A major marine energy study
Sustaining Gaelic as a living language
Gathering data for key fish species
Putting the Flow Country peatlands on the map
Contributions to the land reform debate

2015 Research Review Cover

2014 Review

Concepts of anthropology
Assessing carbon capture and storage
Early diagnosis of type 1 diabetes
Researching the heart of Neolithic Orkney
Conserving an ancient Scottish barley
Species made homeless by shifting temperatures
Nurturing cultural and academic links
Marine mammals and tidal turbines;enumerating a known unknown
The virtual turn in education for socially engaged art
Developing the creative power of people to improve health and wellbeing

2014 Research Review Cover

Further Information

The UHI Research Database has details on all our researchers, research outputs, activities and research publications. The information is drawn from our institution-wide Research Database (known to our researchers as PURE), which is updated on a daily basis by the researchers themselves giving a live and accurate record of our research capability. 

To search for expertise, look for particular researchers or filter details by research area use;

Should you have a partnership or collaboration proposal please contact joe.irvine@uhi.ac.uk, Head of Knowledge Exchange, in the first instance.