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Bill Slee

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Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences
+44 (0)844 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK

Bill Slee is an experienced researcher in the field of rural development.  He was Head of the Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences (SEGS) research group at the James Hutton Institute until March 2012.  His research contributes to the SEGS research group agenda which seeks to address major contemporary social and economic research challenges, such as natural resource governance, ecosystem services valuation, sustainable behaviours, rural community vibrancy, and wellbeing and socioeconomic transitions in rural economies. Bill was previously a senior lecturer in the University of Aberdeen and Director and Research Professor of Rural Economy at the Countryside and Community Research Unit at the University of Gloucestershire, where he retains a visiting chair.

Current research interests 

Bill’s principal research interests are the socioeconomic dimensions of land based and wider socioeconomic adjustment and change in rural economies of developed countries. His preference is for the use of mixed methods approaches combining quantitative and qualitative analysis. He is currently working on climate change related issues, water quality, farm adjustment and rural development. He has worked extensively in exploring the economic impacts of forestry, the restructuring and transformation of the farm sector, the impact of new food supply chains on rural development, the evaluation of LEADER, land reform and rural tourism and recreation. He has been active in European projects on forestry, food supply chains and rural tourism.

Ongoing and recent projects

Bill is currently involved in the following projects:

  • INQUEST  a Valuing Nature Network (VNN) funded project.
  • the evaluation of the Scotland Rural Development Programme (SRDP)
  • REFRESH and FarmPath, both funded under the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7 )
  • Theme 8 "Nurturing Vibrant and Low Carbon Communities" and Theme 2.2, both projects funded under the Rural and Environment Science and Analytical Services (RESAS) Division set up by the Scottish Government.
  • Climate XChange (the Centre of Expertise on Climate Change)


Highlighted publications

Recent publications

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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.