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Voices on land reform

Annie McKee

What is the Scottish Government’s vision for land use and what outcomes will this deliver? Can we disentangle landownership from management? How do we engage wider Scottish society in debates around land use and land reform?

Can a Rural Parliament succeed without stronger local democracy?

Andrew Copus

What is a “rural movement”? What does a “rural parliament” do? What would be the indicators of success? In particular, what kind of local governance structure will give a rural parliament the best chance to deliver real impacts?

New ways of communicating science - 'the PES video'

Julia Martin-Ortega

We recently developed a 3 minute video to help us introduce and communicate an academic concept, and we’re interested to share ideas about this.

Are machinery rings a form of social enterprise? Ideas from Japan

Sharon Flanigan

A couple of months ago, I was excited to receive an email from Takahisa Hinata, a researcher from the Hokkaido Research Institute in Japan.  He had read reports I produced as part of the FarmPath project, looking at the development of machinery rings in Scotland, and was keen to find out...

How important are regional income disparities in Scotland?

Patricia Melo

In this blog post I want to discuss some ongoing analysis into income inequality in Scotland. It might seem intuitive to assume that location plays an important role on people’s incomes: however, some of our ongoing work is - perhaps surprisingly - suggesting other factors matter more.

Hill Land Use and Ecology Discussion Group

Katrin Prager

I'd like to reflect on a experience back in spring this year, to ponder why some groups are dismissed as mere 'talking shops' whilst other apparently similar groups persist and are valued.

Introduction to SEGS

Kerry Waylen

It's my pleasure to introduce the 'SEGS blog'.  SEGS is the acronym for the Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences group at the James Hutton Institute.   We hope reading this 'SEGS' blog help give readers some sense of the vibrant ideas and diverse...

Late summer maintenance

Donald Barrie

Late summer is the time for maintenance as we get things in order for winter. Just before Christmas 2012 we had a huge flood which swept away the watergate in one of our new forestry plantations. Trying to make a burn crossing roe deer and rabbit proof is a technical challenge which we overcame...

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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.