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“There are moments in life where the question of knowing whether one might think otherwise than one thinks and perceive otherwise than one sees is indispensable if one is to continue to observe or reflect ...” Michel Foucault

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Climate Activism in Academia

Author: 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...

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

Author: 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...

Managing babies – lessons for managing the environment?

Author: 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...

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

Author: 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...

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

Author: 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...

Cows eat grass, don’t they?

Author: 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?...

Eggs Benelux

Author: 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...

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

Author: 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...

Can mental models facilitate social learning?

Author: 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...

What is rural community resilience?

Author: Annie McKee

Resilience may be defined as how a body deals with external shocks; Picture credit: www.monarchsystem.com ‘Resilience’ is a term used abundantly today, and there are a plethora of different views...

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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.