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Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences
annie.mckee@hutton.ac.uk
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The James Hutton Institute
Craigiebuckler
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK

Annie McKee is a social researcher in land management in the Social Economic and Geographical Sciences Group (SEGS). Annie's background is in geography, environmental management and sustainable development, with previous dissertation research exploring public perceptions of red deer management and sustainable rural communities. Annie has a BSc (Hons.) in Geography from the University of St Andrews, and completed an MSc in Sustainable Rural Development at the University of Aberdeen in 2007.

Annie has recently completed her PhD with the Centre for Mountain Studies, Perth College, University of the Highlands and Islands, working as part of the 'Sustainable Estates for the 21st Century' project. Under the supervision of Professor Martin Price (Director, Centre for Mountain Studies) and Dr Charles Warren (University of St Andrews), her PhD aimed to examine the role of private landownership in facilitating sustainable rural communities in upland Scotland, focusing on identifying best practice in community engagement and the practical steps required to ensure sustainability. For further information please see Sustainable Estates for the 21st Century website for further information.

Annie is also Secretary of the Andrew Raven Trust, Scottish Charity Number: SCO39488, Vice Convenor of Rural Housing Scotland, Scottish Charity Number: SC031239, and an invited member of Scottish Land & Estate’s Housing and Communities Policy Group.

Current research interests 

Annie's research interests include stakeholder and community engagement practices, action research and transdisciplinarity, rural governance and institutions, land management and land use policy, sustainable game management, the impact of land reform, rural community development and achieving sustainable development in rural areas. Annie has developed extensive knowledge and understanding of landownership and estate management systems through her PhD research (Thesis title: ‘The role of private landownership in contributing to sustainable rural communities in upland Scotland’), contributing to the ‘Sustainable Estates for the 21st Century’ project.

Annie also has significant experience of qualitative data collection and analysis, stakeholder engagement, and workshop facilitation through her role in the HUNTing for Sustainability and FarmPath FP7 projects, as well as contributing to the Scottish Government’s Strategic Research Programme under the themes of ‘governance and decision-making for community empowerment in rural communities’ (Work Package 8.2) and 'understanding land managers’ attitudes and behaviour towards the management of environmental assets and responding to climate change' (Work Package 3.6).

On-going and recent projects

  • PROAKIS – Prospects for Farmers’ Support: Advisory Services in European AKIS (FP7).
  • Undertaking social research within the Scottish Government’s Centre of Expertise for Livestock Disease Outbreaks (EPIC), in particular focussing on the impact of farmer behaviour on disease control and biosecurity.
  • Developing Learning Landscapes for Scotland’s Protected Areas - A European Perspective (funded by the Macaulay Development Trust).
  • Theme 8, Work Package 8.2 "Governance and decision-making for community empowerment in rural communities" and Theme 3, Work Package 3.6 “Understanding land managers’ attitudes and behaviour towards the management of environmental assets and responding to climate change ", both projects funded under the Rural and Environment Science and Analytical Services (RESAS) Division set up by the Scottish Government.

Past research 

  • FarmPath, REFRESH and HUNTing for Sustainability projects, funded under the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).
  • How can we employ citizen science to determine the extent of soil erosion in Scotland? Report commissioned by SNIFFER (2014).
  • A methodology for assessing the public interest economic impacts of deer management. Report commissioned by SNH (2013).
  • ‘Sustainable Estates for the 21st Century’: The role of private landownership in facilitating sustainable rural communities in upland Scotland, funded by The Henry Angest Foundation (PhD awarded November 2013).
  • Sustainable Estates for the 21st Century: Knowledge Exchange Project, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, Scottish Government and Scottish Land & Estates (2011)

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