The David Hume Institute commissions and publishes research on topics of public policy and runs seminars which are open to all.

We continue to extend our diverse and relevant series of published papers which document our seminars and research and we actively seek engagement and interaction with other organisations. Our specialist area of activity is research on economic and policy issues. A list of past seminars, round tables and publications is available in our annual report.

The Institute is independent of government and depends on the fees paid by its individual and corporate members and charitable donations to fund research. A full list of sponsors and donors is given in our annual report and accounts.


Over the past 30 years we have held events and produced papers on topics as diverse as devolution, education, public sector pay and the economics of climate change.

Together with partners, ESRC Future of the UK and Scotland project and The Hunter Foundation, we produced a factual book ahead of the 2014 referendum on Scottish independence.

We publish a number of papers and reports each year and DHI representatives have regularly appeared in print and online media. DHI is an independent registered charity and our research and events programme are made possible with the support of our generous funders and sponsors.

There are two key ways to work with and support DHI:


We are continually developing new projects and looking for funders to support our work. Our funders benefit from working with us in a number of ways, including:

  • Regular contact with DHI staff
  • The opportunity to engage in public policy discussion and debate with a wide range of other stakeholders
  • Acknowledgement of support in our publications, website and at meetings and seminars
  • Association with a respected, high-profile brand
  • Over 30 years’ experience of effective dissemination of material and presentations to a wide audience


Sponsoring a DHI event offers an excellent opportunity for your organisation to participate in current debate and introduce your ideas to a wider audience.

DHI runs a stimulating seminar programme in Edinburgh in Winter, Spring and Autumn. Events are open to all and attract politicians, policymakers, academics and business people.

Each seminar includes a full, accessible presentation by an acknowledged expert, followed by a Q&A session to stimulate debate. Seminars are followed by an open wine reception so that the debate can continue and we see this as an important element of our events. We aim to engage high-profile figures as authors and as speakers at our seminars.

If you are interested in supporting us, please contact:

Ray Perman

Our Sponsors:

Alan McFarlane
First State Investments
IF0A Institute and Faculty of Actuaries
Morrison Construction
Scotland’s Futures Forum
Scottish Financial Enterprise
Scottish Universities Insight Institute
SWA Scotch Whisky Association
The Binks Trust
The Law Society of Scotland
The Royal Society of Edinburgh
Walter Scott and Partners

Annual Report and Accounts

The Institute, which was formed in 1985, has charitable status and is a not-for-profit company, limited by guarantee, without a share capital. The aim of the Institute is to influence public policy by commissioning and publishing research into economic and legal questions, and discussing the findings in seminars, conferences and meetings. The Institute is supported by donations, sponsorship of projects and annual subscriptions from commercial, public sector and voluntary organisations, trusts and individuals.