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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.

A critical reflection of ‘Octasynthesis’ as a tool for transdisciplinary thinking

Author: Samuel Poskitt

Globally, societies face challenging and interconnected human and environmental problems. Many of these problems are mired in immense complexity, and involve bewildering networks of different drivers, all interacting...

Can pollution source apportionment tools help deliver integrated catchment management?

Author: Andy Vinten

‘Source Apportionment Methods’ (SAMs) are a way of estimating sources of water pollution and so inform efforts to improve water quality. This year the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is...

Affordable housing versus rural tourism: The case of St Ives

Author: Deb Roberts

Tourism is important for many rural economies.  Despite the fragility of visitor demand, often low paid seasonal employment, and potential adverse environmental effects, it brings income into areas which have...

Is there a need for region-specific policies for malnutrition in Africa?

Author: Yakubu Abdul-Salam

Malnutrition and undernourishment affect about 1 in 5 people in Africa and remains one of the most important public health problems in African countries. It is a major cause of stillbirths, wasting and stunting...

Why small area statistics are important: The incidence of disabled older people in remote small towns in Scotland

Author: Jonathan Hopkins

It is easy to think of socio-economic difficulties and vulnerability in Scotland as being urban issues. The fact that life expectancy in Glasgow is shorter than anywhere else in the UKhas been well documented, and...

What will it take to mainstream community empowerment?

Author: Joshua Msika

There’s a buzz in the air in Scotland: proponents of community empowerment argue that it will address all manner of ills from democratic deficits to poor quality of life. 

More cash and jobs per illegal drop? A tale of equity

Author: Paula Novo

A few years ago, when I was writing my masters thesis on water use (Novo et al., 2009) something that was very often part of the discussions about water management in agriculture was the motto  ‘more crops...

How to evaluate organisations?

Author: Katrin Prager

Many academics review papers and research proposals submitted by their peers. Fewer academics have experience with the evaluation of organisations. This is what I want to reflect on: How do we judge performance,...

To pre-congress or not pre-congress?

Author: Lee-Ann Sutherland

In August 2015, the SEGS group hosted the ‘European Society for Rural Sociology (ESRS) Congress’. We organised a number of additional special events to accompany the congress, including a pre-congress...

Academic conferences – do we need to shake them up a bit?

Author: Kirsty Holstead

One of the great things about my job here at the Hutton is that I get to attend academic conferences. They are a way to disseminate our research, meet and learn from people who work in the same field and gather new...

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