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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.

Trying to measure the immeasurable - exploring interdisciplinarity

Author: 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...

Can tourism be an effective tool for sustainable development?

Author: 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’...

Discussing doughnuts (not the edible kind)

Author: 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...

Voices on land reform

Author: 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...

Can a Rural Parliament succeed without stronger local democracy?

Author: 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...

New ways of communicating science - 'the PES video'

Author: 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

Author: 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,...

How important are regional income disparities in Scotland?

Author: 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...

Hill Land Use and Ecology Discussion Group

Author: 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.

Introduction to SEGS

Author: Kerry Waylen

It's my pleasure to introduce the 'SEGS blog'.  SEGS is the acronym for the Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences group at the James Hutton Institute.   We hope reading this 'SEGS...


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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.