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What do we mean by food security?

Deb Roberts

When I was young, my mum used to try and encourage me to finish all the food on my plate by pointing out there were starving children in Africa. This link between what I ate and the nutrition of children in developing countries always left me confused. More recently I have felt the same about...

Trying to measure the immeasurable - exploring interdisciplinarity

Katrin Prager

In the last couple of years I’ve been working on a small project called “DICE”, a project as tasked to determine the level of interdisciplinary research at the James Hutton Institute, and understand how the Institute could encourage more and better interdisciplinarity. ...

Can tourism be an effective tool for sustainable development?

Rachel Creaney

Until recently tourism was not considered to be a viable means of promoting economic development and thus unworthy of serious academic study: it was seen as subordinate to the study of more ‘serious’ areas of research such as manufacturing or producer services, due its often seasonal...

Discussing doughnuts (not the edible kind)

Kerry Waylen

In the last couple of years a new ‘doughnut’ concept has emerged, that purports to link two existing sets of ideas about how to meet human rights without degrading the environment.  The outer edge of the doughnut relates to the idea of ‘planetary’ limits - for...

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.


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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.