The David Hume Institute was established in 1985 by the eminent Sir Alan Peacock supported by Sir Gerald Elliot. Alan identified the need for a Scottish based research institute that would be independent of government funding and unafraid to challenge established thinking. As a result of these founding beliefs, the David Hume Institute is an independent, non-partisan, evidence-based think tank that has been operating at the heart of Scottish policy debate for over 35 years. The David Hume Institute exists firstly to deliver independent, objective and evidence-based research on some of the country’s most pressing challenges, and secondly to provoke thoughtful discussion and reasoned debate.
Areas of focus
Founder gender: All male
Leader gender: Female Leader(s) (2019): Susan Murray
Leader gender: Female