Scottish Universities Insight Institute : a development from the institute for advanced studies

a development from the institute for advanced studies


Innovation programme

“… prosperity on a national scale – mass flourishing – comes from broad involvement of people in the process of innovation: the conception, development and spread of new methods and products – indigenous innovation down to the grassroots.” – Edmund Phelps

The SUII call for proposals in autumn 2015 focused on the theme of fostering cultures of innovation – one of the strands in Scotland’s Economic Strategy published in March 2015. Applicants were asked to address one or all of the following questions:

  • What are the main features of vibrant and effective innovation systems and cultures, which combine both creativity and practical implementation?
  • How best can these features be stimulated and developed?
  • What are the most effective ways of assessing progress in developing cultures of innovation?
  • What are the implications for policy makers and practitioners (in the public, private and third sectors), who are trying to foster a culture of innovation and be more innovative themselves?

For details of the five successful programmes follow the links below:

Rewriting the rulebook of landownership: analysing and assessing the economics of community land ownership

Adoption of stroke rehabilitation technologies by the user community

Understanding, forming and fostering a culture of transformative innovation in health and social care

Progressive and creative practice in workplace innovation

Fostering a culture of collaboration and innovation to drive the circular economy in the Scottish bioeconomy

The findings from each of the programmes were presented at a final workshop hosted by Scotland's Futures Forum at the Scottish Parliament in November 2016. Videos of the talks given by each programme are available on the right. SUII Director, Charlie Woods, draws out some of the common themes that emerged across the programmes in the clip below.

Programme Reports

Download the final report summaries from each of the programmes:

Health and Social Care

Land Ownership

Stroke Rehabilitation

Circular Economy 

Workplace Innovation - coming soon

A report synthesising the findings and common themes across all programmes is available above.

Summary report

TED-style talks

The programme teams present their findings at our final workshop at the Scottish Parliament hosted by Scotland's Futures Forum

Steering group

SUII is grateful for the support of the following organisations: 
Scotland’s Futures Forum, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Parliament, Scottish Government, Audit Scotland, SCVO, Oxfam Scotland, Volunteer Scotland, Cultural Enterprise Office and EDAS