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Social Sciences

Researchers at the University of the Highlands and Islands are conducting studies into the social, legal and economic aspects of rural communities, both in the Highlands and Islands and elsewhere in the world.


Mountain studies

At our Centre for Mountain Studies, based at Perth College UHI, Scotland is a major focus of research, on topics including: the sustainability of estates and their interactions with local communities; wild land; crofting; and the implementation of the Land Reform Act.  The centre’s research underpins the MSc Managing Sustainable Mountain Development.

Tourism and heritage

Centre for Culture, Heritage and Tourism, based at Perth College UHI, carries out studies and supports organisations to assess and improve the economic impact of tourism and visitor experiences.

ESOL Programme

Following the Scottish Executive strategy paper on future adult ESOL provision and subsequent increase in provision, the NHC lead ESOL Programme will obtain in-depth feedback on the experiences of a group of previous and current students to give a clearer picture on the added (metalinguistic) benefit for students of greater integration within their communities. The research will explore areas of discernible impacts on the lives of migrant workers.

Rural childhood

The Centre for Rural Childhood researches the issues of children worldwide who grow up in a rural environment. It looks at the many aspects of childhood, including health, education, drugs, crime and abuse, all within a rural context. For example projects 'Child Trafficking - Scoping Study' and 'UK Refugee Determination Process – claims from minors'.

Recreation and Tourism

The Centre for Recreation and Tourism Research, based at West Highland College UHI,  has strong outdoor industry links and works closely with practitioners, landowners and NGO’s to develop and enhance Scottish tourism through a range of knowledge exchange mechanisms.

Remote and Rural studies

Researchers at the UHI Centre for Remote and Rural Studies are addressing the social, economic, environmental and cultural challenges facing remote and rural regions across the globe.

Higher Education models

University Collaboration in Regional Development Spaces (UNICREDS) is a project, funded by the INTERREG IVC programme, investigating how different models of higher education can benefit regional economic development.