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Well, can you do excellent science without flying?

Gary Polhill

Joshua Msika, the James Hutton Institute’s sustainability coordinator, posed the above question of those passing through to the canteen one lunchtime during climate week. He got a mix of yes/no answers and comments in response, and the question certainly stimulated debate that day. The...

Big data, small places: building a better evidence base

Ruth Wilson

Analysis of big data is telling us more and more about the world, from the state of our health and the environment to global population trends. It also has potential to generate important insights about small places, informing how our local communities develop and grow. In Scotland, for example...

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 ‘...

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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.