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Climate Activism in Academia

Scott Herrett

During a recent seminar at the James Hutton Institute, Howard Frumkin - the head of the Wellcome Trust’s ‘Our Planet, Our Health’ initiative - caught my attention when he spoke of the ‘fierce urgency of now’ in describing the consequences of deteriorating planetary...

Too much of a good thing for Aberdeen? Lessons from an agent-based model of commuting.

Jiaqi Ge

Imagine a new policy that allows you to work anywhere at any of the workplaces in your region. Where do you choose to work? Now, think about everyone else who has the same right to work where they choose. Will you change your answer to the first question?

Managing babies – lessons for managing the environment?

Kerry Waylen

I’ve just returned to my research on environmental governance after half a year of maternity leave. Whilst I was away I started to see parallels between my trying to care for a baby, and the challenges of managing our environment and ecosystems. Therefore, in this blog post I’m going...

How will Brexit affect UK agricultural land values (and why does it matter)?

Deb Roberts

The value of agricultural land is critical not just for those intending to buy or sell farmland but to all those involved in the agricultural sector and others holding land as an investment asset. It is therefore surprising that, in and amongst all the other discussions on the future of British...

Coordinating policy instruments that influence biodiversity, soil, and water in Scotland: rationales, needs and challenges

Kirsty Blackstock

Image: Fife, Laure Kufuss ‘Doing well, but could do better’ is one way to summarise one of the main messages coming out of an ESCom (Ecosystem Service Community) workshop looking at the coordinated delivery of policy instruments for biodiversity, soil, and water. The workshop...

Cows eat grass, don’t they?

Orla Shortall

As a society we may be losing touch with how our food is produced, but one thing we all know is that milk comes from cows and cows eat grass. But is this the case anymore? And does it matter if this is changing? These are questions I wanted to explore in an event with the Cabaret of Dangerous...

Eggs Benelux

Dominic Duckett

Fipronil, a compound hitherto unknown outside veterinary circles, is in our food: specifically, eggs and egg-based products. While the degree of health risk this poses is contested (for example, The Food Standards Agency maintains that this is a regulatory issue rather than a threat to public...

Policy interventions for enhancing natural assets – are they compatible with crofting communities?

Katrin Prager

Land ownership and management arrangements across Scotland today are complex and multi-layered. These structures must be taken into account if we seek to influence the management of natural assets to support sustainable land-based industries and vibrant communities. Two key questions are ‘...

Can mental models facilitate social learning?

Rowan Ellis

Our most pressing contemporary challenges, such as enhancing food security and tackling climate change, can only be met by bringing together people from different backgrounds with the goal of learning from and with one another. This can seem daunting for social scientists, many of whom, like...

What is rural community resilience?

Annie McKee

Resilience may be defined as how a body deals with external shocks; Picture credit: ‘Resilience’ is a term used abundantly today, and there are a plethora of different views about what it means and how it can be assessed. A well-known online dictionary...


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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.