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About Research in Scotland

About research

Research carried out for the Scottish Government is categorised into four core areas:

  • Social Research - Measures, describes, explains and predicts changes in social and economic structures, and the attitudes values and behaviours of individuals and groups in society.
  • Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment Research - Scientific, social and economic research on the food systems, environment, and communities in rural Scotland.
  • Chief Scientist Office - Supports and encourages research to improve the health of the people in Scotland and the services provided by the NHS.
  • Economic Research - Used to inform and stimulate the debate on the efficient uses of resources in the Scottish Government.