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Is there a need for region-specific policies for malnutrition in Africa?

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Malnutrition and undernourishment affect about 1 in 5 people in Africa and remains one of the most important public health problems in African countries. It is a major cause of stillbirths, wasting and stunting in children and low productivity in adults. Meanwhile, incomes across the continent are rising and this is expected to impact the dynamics of malnutrition and undernourishment.

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Why small area statistics are important: The incidence of disabled older people in remote small towns in Scotland

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It is easy to think of socio-economic difficulties and vulnerability in Scotland as being urban issues. The fact that life expectancy in Glasgow is shorter than anywhere else in the UKhas been well documented, and Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee are known to contain over half of Scotland’s most deprived areas. However, rural areas also have residents who are vulnerable and in need of support. For example, recent work by myself and colleagues has found that Scotland’s small and isolated towns have disproportionately high concentrations of older people with disabilities, who are potentially vulnerable. When placed in the context of issues facing rural Scotland, this presents a potential challenge for policy makers.

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What will it take to mainstream community empowerment?

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There’s a buzz in the air in Scotland: proponents of community empowerment argue that it will address all manner of ills from democratic deficits to poor quality of life. 

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More cash and jobs per illegal drop? A tale of equity

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A few years ago, when I was writing my masters thesis on water use (Novo et al., 2009) something that was very often part of the discussions about water management in agriculture was the motto  ‘more crops per drop’.  

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How to evaluate organisations?

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Many academics review papers and research proposals submitted by their peers. Fewer academics have experience with the evaluation of organisations. This is what I want to reflect on: How do we judge performance, output, quality and impact of an organisation? Who is best placed to evaluate? and how do we organise evaluation processes well?

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To pre-congress or not pre-congress?

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In August 2015, the SEGS group hosted the ‘European Society for Rural Sociology (ESRS) Congress’. We organised a number of additional special events to accompany the congress, including a pre-congress workshop on visual methods. I was the chair of the local organising committee for the congress; in this post I reflect on the pros and cons of organising this pre-congress event.

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Academic conferences – do we need to shake them up a bit?

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One of the great things about my job here at the Hutton is that I get to attend academic conferences. They are a way to disseminate our research, meet and learn from people who work in the same field and gather new ideas and perspectives.

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Commuting patterns in rural Scotland

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Commuting is one of the main, and most visible, forms of integration between rural areas and surrounding small towns and urban areas; it allows workers to access urban employment opportunities while at the same time satisfying preferences for a rural residence. In this post I explore visually the patterns of out-commuting from rural areas to small towns and urban areas and how they have changed between 2001 and 2011. 

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Reflections on one year of blogging

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This week our blog celebrates its first birthday! In the last 12 months our posts have covered a range of topics, everything from sharing new research findings (e.g. how do crofters obtain information and support?), to thoughts about the research process itself (e.g. what do you do when participants don’t like your research plans?), the academic publishing system (e.g. what are the pros and cons of being a single author?), and ponderings about concepts (e.g. what is food security?).

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What time do I get up in the morning?

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In the last few years, I have become increasingly fascinated by how we use time. One of my projects - ‘NESEMP’- has given me insights as to how we use time, by measuring household electricity consumption.   

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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.