Scotland Institute

Progressive Think Tank

The Scotland Institute
The Scotland Institute was founded by Dr Azeem Ibrahim in 2012 as his extensive experience in academia and advising governments convinced him of the need for a progressive think tank in Scotland. With support from the Ibrahim Foundation, the Scotland Institute will respond to the changing face of Scotland, will investigate the implications of devolution, find innovative solutions to the problems of social exclusion and encourage Scotland's competitiveness in the global market. Through high-quality comprehensive research and policy making we hope to put Scotland on a path towards a more competitive, progressive, and optimistic future. In 2012, we commissioned and published two hard-hitting reports on social exclusion and the social costs of poverty in Scotland which were warmly received as already making an impact on social policy. The Scotland Institute has one of the best teams of thinkers and analysts in Scotland today and has an ambitious program ahead for 2013.

Launch of Scotland Institute ( on 29 June 2012 in Trades House Glasgow.

Former Chancellor Rt Hon Alistair Darling MP and Scottish Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism Jim Mather MSP. Project funded entirely by the Ibrahim Foundation.

Speakers from all political parties. From left: Jo Swinson MP (Deputy Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats and Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Prime Minister), Jackson Carlaw MSP (Deputy Leader Scottish Conservatives), Azeem Ibrahim (Executive Chairman Scotland Institute), Rt Hon Alistair Darling MP (Former Chancellor of the Exchequer), Prof Jim Mather (Former SNP MSP Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism)

Launching Defence and Security report in an Independent from the Scotland Institute with (from left) Prof Mark Webber, Dr Simon Smith, Major General Andrew Mackay CBE, Dr Azeem Ibrahim. Project funded entirely by the Ibrahim Foundation.