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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

Anyone can contribute to the blog. We welcome pieces on all things related to the social, economic and geographical sciences. Please visit our main SEGS Group site for more information about us.

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...

What rhymes with agri-environmental scheme?

Author: Orla Shortall

Are the most vivid, vital and interesting representations of the world to be found in art rather than science? Indeed, can art be combined with science to draw on the best characteristics of both: the rigour and...

Innovating in the Wake of Disaster: Some Notes from Fukushima’s Nuclear Exclusion Zone

Author: Jelte Harnmeijer

Social Innovation: Filling a void? Work on a big new EU project being led by the James Hutton Institute called ‘SIMRA’ got me thinking about where social innovation comes from. To me, a ‘social...

Can Ecosystem Services & Natural Capital save the planet?

Author: Scott Herrett

Before life as a research assistant in SEGS I had 15-year career in construction, when during the credit crunch a boss once said to me “you’re more interested in saving the planet than making a few quid...

Shaping Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas (SIMRA)

Author: Maria Nijnik

As the Coordinator of the project "Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas" (SIMRA), I would like to share the latest news from a stakeholder workshop in Bratislava, 26-28 October, and to bring you up...

Is co-creation more than participation?

Author: Katrin Prager

Co-creation, and related terms like co-design, co-production, co-construction and co-innovation, are becoming increasingly popular. Upon closer scrutiny they share many characteristics with participatory processes....

“Quantitative Story Telling”: new method, same challenges for nexus policy studies

Author: Kirsty Blackstock

In September I participated in a session entitled, “Be constructive! Situating sustainability research at the nexus of positivism and reflective positionality” during the RGS-IBG 2016 conference on...

Introducing a stochastic decision support tool for anaerobic digestion projects

Author: Yakubu Abdul-Salam

Anaerobic digestion (AD) is a process by which micro-organisms break down biodegradable material in the absence of oxygen, leading to the production of biogas and bio-fertilisers. AD technologies convert the methane...

Informing rural policy in Scotland

Author: Patricia Melo

This blog was written jointly with Jane Atterton from the Rural Policy Centre of Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC). We reflect on current goals in rural development and the implications for how these may be...

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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.