The Scottish Centre for Diaspora Studies (SCDS) was established in 2008 within the School of History, Classics and Archaeology as a result of a generous private benefaction of over £1 million.
At present the Centre has nine academic staff, eight postdoctoral fellows, nine honorary postdoctoral fellows and ten graduate students. It is a research unit offering advanced training and supervision for MSc and PhD students. A full programme of conferences, symposia, seminars and workshops is presented each academic session. An important feature of the Centre's activities is public outreach. Links with other complementary disciplines at Edinburgh such as African Studies, Anthropology, History, Italian, Politics South Asian Studies and Sociology are well established.
SCDS is one of the foremost global centres of excellence on the history of emigration and immigration, subjects of great current political, social, economic and cultural interest both within and beyond the academy. In its first years of development, most attention was given to work on the Scottish diaspora which, because of its nature, scale and world-wide impact provided a superb historical 'laboratory' for research on international human mobility. While Scotland will always remain a core area of interest, increasing attention is now and in the future being given to comparative studies, generic diaspora themes and the migration histories of other ethnicities.
The Administrator of the Centre is Elaine Philip (firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 0131 651 1254) to whom all enquiries should be directed in the first instance