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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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Debating energy futures on Lewis: Energy transitions, emergent politics, and the question of the commons

Author: Annabel Pinker

It is widely accepted that we are in the midst of an energy revolution, transitioning from carbon-based fuels to renewable and increasingly decentralised forms of energy production. But does this entail a new...

Integrating distributional concerns into natural capital accounts

Author: Paola Ovando

"ScottishForest" by is licensed under CC BY 2.0 The natural capital concept is gaining traction in political and economic discourses in Scotland. For instance, Scotland’s...

The economic benefits of invasive species management

Author: Michaela Roberts

Bushtail possum, a native of Australia is now an invasive species in New Zealand. Credit: Brisbane City Council. Invasive species are increasing worldwide, and with them so is our understanding of how they damage...

Am I an agritourist?

Author: Sharon Flanigan

I am a social researcher working on topics relating to agriculture. It is my job to ask questions, but one I have been asking myself a lot recently is, Am I an agritourist?

Rural community resilience: the ‘everyday’ and the ‘emergency’

Author: Mags Currie

During the winter of 2015/16, the North East of Scotland faced the worst flooding in recent history. The ongoing Long-term implications of flooding1 project that I’m co-leading focuses on the impacts on people...

“It was like the Titanic”-Some thoughts on the social amplification of risk

Author: Dominic Duckett

Certain risk events attract a lot of media coverage and this can have knock-on effects. Recent prime time TV coverage of the stricken cruise ship Viking Sky, battered by heavy seas with rescue helicopters circling...

Reflecting on participation in the Citizens’ Jury at the Scottish Parliament & the idea of expertise

Author: Kirsty Blackstock

Last month I had the privilege of contributing to The Scottish Parliament’s inaugural Citizens’ Jury held 29-31st March 2019, in the heart of our Parliament Building. Twenty-two citizens, randomly...

Well, can you do excellent science without flying?

Author: 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...

Big data, small places: building a better evidence base

Author: 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...

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...


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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.