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Reflections on one year of blogging

Kerry Waylen

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...

What time do I get up in the morning?

Tony Craig

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.   

Are we getting out enough? Participation in outdoor recreation in Scotland

Kathryn Colley

Recent statistics suggest that the proportion of Scots regularly getting out and enjoying Scotland’s countryside and urban greenspaces has risen slightly compared to previous years. The latest figures from the Scottish Household Survey show that 48% of adults in Scotland reported...

Using a different lens: Children as researchers

Katrin Prager

Although there is plenty of research ‘on’ children and ‘with’ children, there is not much published on research that was done ‘by’ children, and no literature that covers research by children on greenspace. I assume this is due to the little education children...

Will policy changes facilitate community engagement in Scottish land management?

Annie McKee

In May this year, Aileen McLeod MSP, the Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform gave keynote speeches at the annual conferences of both Scottish Land & Estates, the representative body of the private landowning sector, and Community Land Scotland, whose membership comprises...

What’s in a name: authorship conventions in an interdisciplinary organisation

Kirsty Blackstock

Deciding authorship of academic publications is often tricky, and recently I received some advice that made me consider this issue from a new angle. Not long ago I had an extremely useful career review meeting, to help me navigate my role as a senior but part-time researcher in the Social,...

Shaping research methods in response to participants’ wishes and concerns

Mags Currie

It is thought that greenspaces (natural and semi-natural places that are openly accessible in urban areas) can provide significant health and wellbeing benefits to people who use them. Together with my colleagues Petra Lackova and Liz Dinnie, I’ve been investigating this over the last two...

Lost in Space? Travel-to-Work Areas, City-Regions, and Strategic Development Planning Authorities

Patricia Melo

How we live, work and travel does not often neatly fit within official administrative boundaries, such as those of Local Authorities or councils. As a result, administrative boundaries are becoming increasingly inappropriate or irrelevant for the purposes of understanding, planning, and managing...

Re-energising Scottish Communities?

Annabel Pinker

In 2011, the Scottish government outlined a target of 500 megawatts of locally-produced energy by 2020. Since then, it’s set up a fund worth £20 million for the support of local renewable energy schemes. Such policies beg the question: What are the social and political implications...

The ‘safety’ in ‘food security’.

Bernhard Merget

I’m a colleague working on food safety within the Cells and Molecular Sciences group at the James Hutton Institute in Dundee. Additionally, I am a member of the Centre for Human and Animal Pathogens in the Environment (HAP-E) at the institute. I read the SEGS blog post about food security...


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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.