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PhD research showcased at Hutton 2020 postgraduate event (News)

The annual Hutton Postgraduate Student Event, which showcases the excellent science being undertaken by postgraduate students at the James Hutton Institute, took place at the Birnam Arts and Conference Centre, Birnam, on Thursday ... Read more

Watch the 42nd TB Macaulay Lecture by Professor Dieter Helm: Green and Prosperous Land (News)

The 42nd TB Macaulay Lecture, given by Dieter Helm CBE, Professor of Economics at the University of Oxford and Fellow of New College, Oxford, on the topic of how to achieve a green and prosperous land in the face of multiple chall ... Read more

Translating policy from global to local in a complex natural world (News)

Policy translation from the international down to the local scales can be rather like a game of Chinese whispers: what you end up with is often not what was intended. Part of the problem is that the best laid plans become ruthless ... Read more

Digital soil mapping to improve knowledge of soil-water relationships in Scotland (News)

Soils delay runoff, store and redistribute water and provide a supply of moisture for plant growth. These soil functions are fundamental for the understanding of how pollutants travel from land to waters and to evaluate ecosystem ... Read more

42nd T.B. Macaulay Lecture - Green and Prosperous Land (Event)

Each year the Macaulay Development Trust, in partnership with the James Hutton Institute, hosts a world-renowned guest speaker for its annual TB Macaulay Lecture. This year we are delighted to welcome Professor Dieter Helm, Profes ... Read more

Professor Dieter Helm announced as speaker of 42nd TB Macaulay Lecture: Green and Prosperous Land (News)

Dieter Helm CBE, Professor of Economics at the University of Oxford and Fellow of New College, Oxford, has been announced as the speaker of the 42nd T.B. Macaulay Lecture, presented in partnership by the James Hutton Institute and ... Read more

James Hutton Institute unveils Hydro Nation International Centre (News)

As part of Scotland’s continued efforts to become the world’s first Hydro Nation – one that manages its water environment to the best advantage and uses its expertise at home and internationally - the James Hutto ... Read more

PhD research showcased at Hutton 2019 postgraduate event (News)

Our annual Postgraduate Student Event, which showcases the excellent science being undertaken by postgraduate students at the James Hutton Institute, took place at the Birnam Arts and Conference Centre, Birnam on Wednesday 6th Mar ... Read more

International academics gather to discuss Scottish land reform in a global context (News)

Allocation of land rights and struggles for access to land and natural resources are common worldwide. The rise of land reform on the political agenda following Scottish devolution in 1999 is commonly attributed to the relatively ... Read more

Mars and Mull share similar soil, Hutton analysis finds (News)

NASA’s InSight lander has been headline news in recent weeks, as it continues to send back clear images of the rocky and unforgiving surface of Mars. However, the previous exploration robot sent to roam the red planet, the C ... Read more

Creation of soil X-ray signatures contribute to vision of “digital mineralogy” (News)

A new research study aims to demonstrate how the combination of digital X-ray signatures with data-driven approaches can replace the time-consuming elements of expert led mineral identification and allow for new insights into the ... Read more

Watch the 41st TB Macaulay Lecture by Professor Jacqueline McGlade: Natural prosperity in an age of global change (News)

The 41st T.B. Macaulay Lecture, given by Professor Jacqueline McGlade on the topic of natural prosperity and innovative solutions for a business-unusual approach to rapid global change, is now available to watch online. In the l ... Read more

Join us for the 41st T.B. Macaulay Lecture: The challenge of sustainable development (News)

We have recently lived through three years in a row of the hottest temperatures recorded worldwide, a clear sign that our climate is changing, and changing fast. Is this enough to spur us into tackling climate change and other sus ... Read more

41st T.B. Macaulay Lecture - The Challenge of Sustainable Development: From global UN policy to local community survival in the face of climate change (Event)

Each year the Macaulay Development Trust, in partnership with the James Hutton Institute, hosts a world-renowned guest speaker for its annual TB Macaulay lecture. This year we have been lucky enough to secure Professor Jacqueline ... Read more

Prosperity without growth: is it possible? Watch the 40th Macaulay Lecture on our YouTube channel (News)

Is economic growth the solution to our challenges? Will it really deliver prosperity and wellbeing for a rapidly growing global population and allow us to live on a planet with finite resources? Should our prosperity be measured b ... Read more

Better support for renewable energy decision making (News)

Anaerobic digestion, a process by which micro-organisms break down biodegradable material in the absence of oxygen leading to the production of biogas and bio-fertilisers, is an increasingly relevant source of renewable electricit ... Read more

Study to expand knowledge of ectomycorrhizal fungi in Scotland (News)

Researchers at the James Hutton Institute and the University of Aberdeen are exploring the relationship between ectomycorrhizal (ECM) fungi and native tree species in Scotland. The study will also determine which climatic and envi ... Read more

Improved isotopic analysis capabilities for unrivalled precision and accuracy (News)

The James Hutton Institute is reinforcing its extensive analytical chemistry capabilities for research and commercial work through an £500K investment on a new Thermal Ionisation Mass Spectrometer, which will allow the Insti ... Read more

Prosperity without growth: is it possible, and could it answer economic challenges in Scotland? (News)

Is economic growth the solution to our challenges? Will it really deliver prosperity and wellbeing for a rapidly growing global population and allow us to live on a planet with finite resources? Should our prosperity be measured b ... Read more

Digital mapping techniques to improve knowledge of British soils (News)

Soil scientists at the James Hutton Institute are working to create the first unified digital map of soil properties within Great Britain, a development which will contribute to worldwide Global Soil Map projects and improve the d ... Read more

Professor Tim Jackson announced as speaker of 40th TB Macaulay Lecture (News)

Tim Jackson, Professor of Sustainable Development at the University of Surrey and Director of the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP), has been announced as the speaker of the 40th T.B. Macaulay Lecture, ... Read more

40th T.B. Macaulay Lecture - Prosperity Without Growth: Foundations for the Economy of Tomorrow (Event)

Tim Jackson, Professor of Sustainable Development at the University of Surrey and Director of the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP), will deliver the 40th T.B. Macaulay Lecture, which will take place fo ... Read more

Environmental and Biochemical Sciences
Environmental and Biochemical Sciences
Postdoctoral Researcher
zisis.gagkas@hutton.ac.uk
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Craigiebuckler
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK

 

I am Macaulay Development Trust (MDT) Postdoctoral Fellow with a research background in catchment and soil hydrology and geospatial analysis working on the application of Digital Soil Mapping (DSM) techniques to hydropedology. My research aims to use DSM techniques to map water regulatory functions of soils in order to improve the predictions of river flows and solute movement through soils and substrates and as input to models of soil functions and environmental risk assessments.

Current research interests

  • Improve the spatial prediction of the Hydrology of Soil Types (HOST) classification system designed to predict river flows and as input into national scale risk mapping by using DSM techniques and machine-learning algorithms (e.g. Random Forests classifier).
  • Develop DSM techniques relevant to predicting water flow through soils by incorporating soil morphological data and explore methods to estimate their statistical uncertainty.

Past research

  • Water Resources Management of Coastal Agricultural Environments - Resilience of Climate Change Impacts (AGROCLIMA)" (funded under Cooperation 2011/General Secretariat of Education and Research, Greece).
  • Participatory multi-Level Earth Observation-assisted tools for Irrigation water management and Agricultural Decision-Support (PLEIADES ) (funded by EU FP6).
  • Proactive Management of water systems to face drought and water scarcity in islands and coastal areas of the Mediterranean (PRODIM) (funded by EU INTERREG II).
  • Effect of broadleaf woodland cover on streamwater chemistry and risk assessments of streamwater acidification in acid-sensitive catchments in the UK (PhD research funded by the Greek State Scholarship foundation, University of Edinburgh).

Bibliography

  • Poggio, L.; Gimona, A.; Gagkas, Z.; Lilly, A. (2018) 3D digital soil mapping for Scottish soils using remote sensing., Internal Report for RESAS.

Environmental and Biochemical Sciences
Environmental and Biochemical Sciences
Digital Mineralogist
benjamin.butler@hutton.ac.uk
+44 (0)1224 395355

The James Hutton Institute
Craigiebuckler
Aberdeen
AB15 8QH
Scotland UK

 

Current research interests

  • Plant nutrient provision from soil minerals
  • Mineral controls on soil decomposition rates
  • Open source software for quantitative soil mineralogy
  • Terrestrial soil analogues for Martian soil mineralogy

Aside from Digital Soil Mineralogy research, Benjamin contributes to an ongoing soil survey programme for Forestry and Land Scotland. The surveying seeks to provide detailed soil maps that can allow forest planners to create planting strategies that are appropriate to the soil.

Past research

Digital Soil Mineralogy postdoctoral fellowship (2016 - 2019): Funded by the Macaulay Development Trust, the fellowship was used to define the Digital Soil Mineralogy concept and to develop associated data-driven methods for analysing national scale soil XRPD datasets.

Mineral Dynamics in Sea Ice (2012 - 2016): Funded by a NERC studentship, Benjamin's PhD research investigated the mineralogy and geochemistry of sea ice. This research used controlled laboratory experiments and synchrotron XRPD (Diamond Light Source) to understand the presence, persistence and significance of authigenic minerals in sea ice, as well as defining major physico-chemical properties of the sea ice system.

Bibliography

  • Aponte, H.; Medina, J.; Butler, B.; Meier, S.; Cornejo, P.; Kuzyakov, Y. (2020) Soil quality indices for metal(loid) contamination: an-enzymatic perspective., Land Degradation and Development. Published online.
  • Aponte, H.; Meli, P.; Butler, B.M.; Paolini, J.; Matus, F.; Merino, C.; Cornejo, P.; Kuzyakov, Y. (2020) Meta analysis of heavy metal effects on soil enzyme activities., Science of the Total Environment, 737, Article No. 139744.
  • Butler, B.M. (2020) Mineral sources of aqua regia extractable base cations in Scottish soils interpreted from Cubist models trained with quantitative mineralogy data., Chemical Geology, 551, Article No. 119773.
  • Butler, B.M.; Palarea-Albaladejo, J.; Shepherd, K.D.; Nyambura, K.M.; Towett, E.K.; Sila, A.M.; Hillier, S. (2020) Mineral-nutrient relationships in African soils assessed using cluster analysis of X-ray powder diffraction patterns and compositional methods., Geoderma, 375, Article 114474.
  • Nolan, A.J.; Hewison, R.L.; Beesley, L.; Butler, B.M.; Donnelly, D. (2020) Soil Survey Digital Map Data and Reports, Scale 1:10,000, Volume 130 - Allean Forest 2019 Blocks, Tay Forest District., Digital Soils Spatial Data and Report uploaded to ForesterWeb.
  • Nolan, A.J.; Beesley, L.; Henderson, D.J.; Butler, B.M.; Hewison, R.L.; Donnelly, D. (2020) Soil Survey Digital Map Data and Reports, Scale 1:10,000, Volume 129 - Loch Chon 2019 Blocks, Cowal and Trossachs Forest District., Digital Soils Spatial Data and Report uploaded to ForesterWeb.
  • Hewison, R.L.; Riach, D.J.; Butler, B.M.; Nolan, A.J.; Donnelly, D. (2020) Soil Survey Digital Map Data and Reports, Scale 1:10,000, Volume 128- Loch Ard Forest Drumore Block, Cowal and Trossachs Forest District, 2019., Digital Soils Spatial Data and Report uploaded to ForesterWeb.
  • Nolan, A.J.; Henderson, D.J.; Hewison, R.L.; Beesley, L.; Butler, B.M.; Riach, D.J.; Donnelly, D. (2020) Soil Survey Digital Map Data and Reports, Scale 1:10,000, Volume 127 - Queensway Forest 2019 Block, Galloway Forest District., Digital Soils Spatial Data and Report uploaded to ForesterWeb.
  • Nolan, A.J.; Henderson, D.J.; Hewison, R.L.; Beesley, L.; Butler, B.M.; Donnelly, D. (2020) Soil Survey Digital Map Data and Reports, Scale 1:10,000, Volume 119 - Kindrogan Forest 2019 Blocks, Tay Forest District., Digital Soils Spatial Data and Report uploaded to ForesterWeb.
  • Nolan, A.J.; Hewison, R.L.; Riach, D.J.; Butler, B.M.; Henderson, D.J.; Beesley, L.; Donnelly, D. (2020) Soil Survey Digital Map Data and Reports, Scale 1:10,000, Volume 116 - Glen Loy Forest, Lochaber Forest District., Digital Soils Spatial Data and Report uploaded to ForesterWeb.
  • Nolan, A.J.; Hewison, R.L.; Beesley, L.; Butler, B.M.; Donnelly, D. (2020) Soil Survey Digital Map Data and Reports, Scale 1:10,000, Volume 115 - Glen Markie Forest 2018 Blocks, Tay Forest District., Digital Soils Spatial Data and Report uploaded to ForesterWeb.
  • Butler, B.M.; Sila, A.M.; Shepherd, K.D.; Nyambura, M.; Gilmore, C.J.; Kourkoumelis, N.; Hillier, S. (2019) Pre-treatment of soil X-ray powder diffraction data for cluster analysis., Geoderma, 337, 413-424.
  • Thompson, S.P.; Kennedy, H.; Day, S.J.; Baker, A.R.; Butler, B.M.; Safi, E.; Kelly, J.; Male, A.; Potter, J.; Cobb, T.; Murray, C.A.; Tang, C.C.; Evans, A.; Mercado, R. (2018) A slow-cooling-rate in situ cell for long-duration studies of mineral precipitation in cold aqueous environments on earth and other planetary bodies., Journal of Applied Crystallography, 51, 1197-1210.
  • Hillier, S.; Butler, B. (2018) New XRD data-based approaches to soil mineralogy., Spectroscopy, 33, 34-36.
  • Butler, B M.; O'Rourke, S.M.; Hillier, S. (2018) Using rule-based regression models to predict and interpret soil properties from X-ray powder diffraction data., Geoderma, 329, 43-53.
  • Nolan, A J.; Hewison, R.L.; Beesley, L.; Henderson, D.J.; Riach, D.J.; Donnelly, D.; Butler, B. (2018) Soil Survey Digital Map Data and Technical Reports, Scale 1:10,000, Volume 103 - Drumnatorran Forest Blocks, Lochaber Forest District (2017)., Digital soils data uploaded into 'Forester' and Technical Report to Forestry Commission.
  • Butler, B.M.; Papadimitriou, S.; Day, S.J.; Kennedy, H. (2017) Gypsum and hydrohalite dynamics in sea ice brines., Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 213, 17-34.

  • Nolan, A.J.; Hewison, R.L.; Beesley, L.; Butler, B.M.; Donnelly, D. (2020) Soil Survey Digital Map Data and Reports, Scale 1:10,000, Volume 130 - Allean Forest 2019 Blocks, Tay Forest District., Digital Soils Spatial Data and Report uploaded to ForesterWeb.
  • Nolan, A.J.; Beesley, L.; Henderson, D.J.; Butler, B.M.; Hewison, R.L.; Donnelly, D. (2020) Soil Survey Digital Map Data and Reports, Scale 1:10,000, Volume 129 - Loch Chon 2019 Blocks, Cowal and Trossachs Forest District., Digital Soils Spatial Data and Report uploaded to ForesterWeb.
  • Hewison, R.L.; Riach, D.J.; Butler, B.M.; Nolan, A.J.; Donnelly, D. (2020) Soil Survey Digital Map Data and Reports, Scale 1:10,000, Volume 128- Loch Ard Forest Drumore Block, Cowal and Trossachs Forest District, 2019., Digital Soils Spatial Data and Report uploaded to ForesterWeb.
  • Nolan, A.J.; Henderson, D.J.; Hewison, R.L.; Beesley, L.; Butler, B.M.; Riach, D.J.; Donnelly, D. (2020) Soil Survey Digital Map Data and Reports, Scale 1:10,000, Volume 127 - Queensway Forest 2019 Block, Galloway Forest District., Digital Soils Spatial Data and Report uploaded to ForesterWeb.
  • Nolan, A.J.; Henderson, D.J.; Hewison, R.L.; Beesley, L.; Butler, B.M.; Donnelly, D. (2020) Soil Survey Digital Map Data and Reports, Scale 1:10,000, Volume 119 - Kindrogan Forest 2019 Blocks, Tay Forest District., Digital Soils Spatial Data and Report uploaded to ForesterWeb.
  • Nolan, A.J.; Hewison, R.L.; Riach, D.J.; Butler, B.M.; Henderson, D.J.; Beesley, L.; Donnelly, D. (2020) Soil Survey Digital Map Data and Reports, Scale 1:10,000, Volume 116 - Glen Loy Forest, Lochaber Forest District., Digital Soils Spatial Data and Report uploaded to ForesterWeb.
  • Nolan, A.J.; Hewison, R.L.; Beesley, L.; Butler, B.M.; Donnelly, D. (2020) Soil Survey Digital Map Data and Reports, Scale 1:10,000, Volume 115 - Glen Markie Forest 2018 Blocks, Tay Forest District., Digital Soils Spatial Data and Report uploaded to ForesterWeb.
  • Nolan, A J.; Hewison, R.L.; Beesley, L.; Henderson, D.J.; Riach, D.J.; Donnelly, D.; Butler, B. (2018) Soil Survey Digital Map Data and Technical Reports, Scale 1:10,000, Volume 103 - Drumnatorran Forest Blocks, Lochaber Forest District (2017)., Digital soils data uploaded into 'Forester' and Technical Report to Forestry Commission.

39th TB Macaulay Lecture on sustainable development goals now available to watch online (News)

The publication of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals in 2015 was the expression of a global consensus to follow a pathway to a better future. The 17 goals and the 169 targets indicate areas where progress is ... Read more

Working together for better outcomes – guidance notes now available (News)

The organisers of a workshop in which organisations from all across the UK came together to discuss better collaboration when tackling interdisciplinary research have published a body of guidance notes, intended to supply advice a ... Read more

Finding out about the "hidden uses" of soil data (News)

A Macaulay Development Trust funded PhD student, based between the James Hutton Institute and Cranfield University, is seeking information from individuals and organisations about their utilisation of soils data, in a drive to imp ... Read more

Information and Computational Sciences
Information and Computational Sciences
MDT Research Fellow in Remote Sensing
pauline.miller@hutton.ac.uk
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Craigiebuckler
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK

 

Pauline joined the James Hutton Institute in early 2015 as a Research Fellow in Remote Sensing. She is a geomatics research scientist with more than ten years experience across a range of techniques and application domains. She specialises in the development of geospatial methodologies and solutions for challenges in the earth and environmental sciences.

Bibliography

  • Roberts, D.; Torrance, L.; Stirton, G.; Britton, A.J.; Craig, C.; Kyle, C-A.; Abel, C.; Macaulay, C.; Fielding, D.; Watson, H.; Pohle, I.; Robertson, J.; Maxwell, J.; Irvine, K.; Sutherland, L-A.; Dawson, L.A.; Shepherd, L.; Miller, P.; Ellis, R.; Richards, S.; Blok, V.; Hackett, C.; Kettle, H. (2018) Women in Science., The James Hutton Institute, 25pp.

Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences
Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences
Honorary Associate
yakubu.abdul-salam@hutton.ac.uk
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Craigiebuckler
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK

 

Current research interests

My interests are in applied economics, including energy economics, agricultural economics and development economics. My expertise lies with (1) developing and/or implementing algorithms to design optimal energy networks; (2) constructing optimisation models to investigate behaviour of economic agents; and (3) use of large datasets for econometric and economic modelling. I have advanced software expertise in GAMS, Matlab, Stata and ArcGIS among others.

Past research

Overview

  • Abdul-Salam, Y. 'A website for assessing the economics of energy businesses and projects'. Energy Business Economics applications website (www.energybusinesseconomics.com)
  • Abdul-Salam, Y., Ehlers, M. H., & Harnmeijer, J. (2017). Anaerobic Digestion of Feedstock Grown on Marginal Land: Break-Even Electricity Prices. Energies10(9), 1416. DOI: :10.3390/en10091416 
  • Abdul-Salam, Y. & Phimister, EC. (2016). 'The Politico-Economics of Electricity Planning in Developing Countries: A Case Study of Ghana'. Energy Policy. Vol 88C, pp. 299-309. DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2015.10.036
  • Abdul-Salam, Y. & Phimister, EC. (2016). ‘How effective are heuristic solutions for electricity planning in developing countries’. Socio-Economic Planning Sciences. Vol 55,  pp. 14-24. DOI: 10.1016/j.seps.2016.04.004
  • Abdul-Salam, Y. & Phimister, EC. (2016). ‘Efficiency Effects of Access to Information on Small Scale Agriculture: Empirical Evidence from Uganda using Stochastic Frontier and IRT Models’. Journal of Agricultural Economics. Vol 68.2 DOI:10.1111/1477-9552.12194
  • Smith, JU., Fischer, A., Hallett, PD., Homans, HY., Smith, P., Abdul-Salam, Y., Emmerling, HH. & Phimister, EC. (2015). 'Sustainable use of organic resources for bioenergy, food and water provision in rural Sub-Saharan Africa'. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, vol 50, pp. 903-917. DOI: 10.1016/J.RSER.2015.04.071
  • Vinten, A., Sample, J., Ibiyemi, A., Abdul-Salam, Y., Stutter, M., (2017), 'A tool for cost-effectiveness analysis of field scale sediment bound phosphorus mitigation measures and application to analysis of spatial and temporal targeting in the Lunan water catchment, Scotland'Science of the Total Environment Vol 586 pp.631-641: DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.02.034

  • Abdul-Salam, Y. (2016). ‘SADEAT - Stochastic (Combined Heat and Power) Anaerobic Digestion Economic Assessment Tool’. Dedicated software summary page at The James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen, UK.  Available here

  • Abdul-Salam, Y. (2016). 'SADEAT v.1.0 User Guide - Stochastic (Combined Heat and Power) Anaerobic Digestion Economic Assessment Tool'. A decision support software application. Full software version 1.0.1 available to download here   or here   and install for Windows computers

Technical reports

  • Harnmeijer, J., Allan, G., Abdul-Salam, Y.  (2017). ‘The Economic Impact of  Local Energy Economies.’ A report prepared for the Scottish Centre of Expertise on Climate Change (‘ClimateXChange’)

  • Melo, P., Abdul-Salam, Y. Roberts, D., Gilbert, A., Mathews, R., Colen, L., Mary, S., Gomez, Y.P., (2015). ‘Income elasticities of food demand in Africa: A Meta-Analysis’. European Commission Joint Research Centre Technical Reports. Available online
  • Abdul-Salam, Y., Hawes, C., Roberts, D., Young, M. (2016). ‘The economics of conventional and sustainable crop production systems in the context of farmer participation in carbon trading markets.’ A report for The James Hutton Institute’s Centre for Sustainable Cropping, Dundee, Scotland

Conference proceedings

  • Melo, P., Abdul-Salam, Y. Roberts, D., Colen, L., Gomez, Y.P, Mary, S. (2016), ‘Income growth and malnutrition in Africa. Is there a need for region-specific policies’, 90th Annual Conference of the Agricultural Economics Society (AES), Warwick, UK, April 2016
  • Abdul-Salam, Y. and Phimister, E. (2015), ‘The Impact of Access to Information on Small Scale Agricultural Production: Empirical Evidence from Uganda’, 89th Annual Conference of the Agricultural Economics Society (AES), Warwick, UK, April 2015
  • Abdul-Salam, Y. and Phimister, E. (2014), ‘Modelling the Impact of Market Imperfections on Farm Household Investment in Standalone Solar PV’, 88th Annual Conference of the Agricultural Economics Society (AES), Paris, France, April 2014
  • Abdul-Salam, Y. and Phimister, E. (2014), ‘Modelling the Impact of Market Imperfections on Farm Household Investment in Standalone Solar PV’, 10th British Institute of Energy Economics Conference (BIEE), Oxford, UK, September 2014
  • Abdul-Salam, Y. and Phimister, E. (2014), ‘Universal Access to Electricity; Grid versus Decentralised Solutions in Ghana’, International Association of Energy Economics (IAEE) European Conference, Dusseldorf, Germany, August 2013

Others

  • Abdul-Salam, Y. (2014) ‘Access to electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa: Modelling the importance and adoption of off-grid renewables’, University of Aberdeen PhD Thesis

  • Abdul-Salam, Y. (2010) ‘An Assessment of the Economic Feasibility of Renewable Energy Systems in Developing Countries: A Case Study of Ghana’, University of Aberdeen MSc Thesis (awarded Best MSc Dissertation)

Bibliography

  • Harnmeijer, J.; Allan, G.; Abdul-Salam, Y. (2017) The economic impact of local energy economies., Report to the Scottish Centre of Expertise on Climate Change.
  • Melo, P.C.; Abdul-Salam, Y.; Roberts, D.; Gilbert, A.; Matthews, R.B.; Cohen, L.; Sebastien, M.; Gomez Y Paloma, S. (2015) Income elasticities of food demand in Africa: a meta-analysis., JRC Technical Report, EUR 27650 EN, Publications Office of the European Union.

Learning Landscape Partnerships (Project)

Despite many decades of research within protected area landscapes, many protected area management organisations struggle to use scientific expertise in their management and decision making processes. The project has been funded by ... Read more

Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences
Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences
Honorary Associate
jelte.harnmeijer@hutton.ac.uk
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation
High School Yards
Infirmary Street
Edinburgh EH1 1LZ
Tel: +44 (0)131 651 4556

 

Jelte grew up in sub-Saharan Africa, and lived and worked in Australia, Greenland, the Himalayas and the Pacific Northwest before moving to Scotland.

Current research interests

Jelte is interested in how humans engage with energy systems, particularly renewables.

  • Under what conditions do distributed renewables pose a viable vehicle for socio-economic empowerment in the developing world?
  • What benefits do renewable energy projects owned and controlled by local communities bring above and beyond those developed and operated by  commercial stakeholders?
  • How can policy best be crafted to accelerate and promote community renewables uptake?

Bibliography

  • Slee, W.; Harnmeijer, J. (2017) Community renewables: balancing optimism with reality., In: Wood, G. & Baker, K. (eds.). A Critical review of Scottish Renewable and Low Carbon Energy Policy. Palgarve Macmillan, Cham, Switzerland, Chapter 3, pp35-64.
  • Berka, A.L.; Harnmeijer, J.; Slee, B. (2017) Crossing the Rubicon: the 2015 renewable electricity reforms and implications for Scotland., In: Wood, G. & Baker, K. (eds.). A Critical Review of Scottish Renewable and Low Carbon Energy Policy: Implications of the Independence Debate. Pelgrave Macmillan, Cham, pp153-177.

Host Identity and Climate as Determinants of Ectomycorrhizal Fungal Distribution in Scotland (Research Page)

Background Over 85% of land plants are obligate associated with mycorrhizal fungi illustrating the importance of the symbiosis. Fungi provide water and essential nutrients to their host plants in exchange for carbohydrates deriv ... Read more


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