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Katrin Prager

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

The James Hutton Institute
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK

Katrin Prager is an interdisciplinary social scientist with a background in landscape planning, environmental management, and participatory agri-environmental policy making. She is part of the Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences Group (SEGS). Her work centres on the human dimensions of land management and the environmental consequences of land use on landscape, soils, biodiversity and water. She uses mixed-method approaches (qualitative and quantitative) to understand problems around landscape management and governance at different scales and the links between policies and actions on the ground.

Current research interests 

Katrin's research interests relate to the interaction between social and ecological systems, institutions and governance in landscape and environmental management, as well as land manager attitudes and behaviour. Research interests include:

  • community engagement in natural resource management and rural development
  • participatory processes in agri-environmental policy making and implementation
  • adoption of soil and water conservation practices
  • citizen science and knowledge exchange.

Her blogs include Children as Researchers, an inventory of agricultural advisory services, researcher-practitioner discussion group (HLUEDG), and measuring interdisciplinarity.

Ongoing and recent projects

  • The development of co-creative capacity for addressing socio-environmental problems (2016-2017) – funded by SESYNC (Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, USA), lead: Allison Metz (National Implementation Research Network, North Carolina)
  • DeerUnit - Delimiting functional management units for partially migratory deer populations (2014-2018). I coordinate the workpackage on incentives and barriers to collaborative, cross-boundary deer management.
  • PRO AKIS – Prospects for Farmers’ Support: Advisory Services in European AKIS (2012-2015). See also the Research brief on AKIS in the UK.
  • Scottish Government Strategic Research Programme funded research (2011-2016):

    • Theme 3 “Land use” – in particular 3.6 Understanding land managers’ attitudes and behaviour towards the management of environmental assets and responding to climate change
    • Theme 8 “Vibrant rural communities” –  in particular 8.2 Governance and decision making for community empowerment in rural communities.

Past research 


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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.