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Environmental governance and land management

June 6, 2022
Nature-based Solutions (NbS) are seen as a key focus for managing nature, to tackle some of the major societal challenges associated with the climate and biodiversity crises.
April 4, 2022
This research explores if and how the concept of 'Natural Capital' can influence decision-making in support of sustainability and a Just Transition.
March 3, 2022

Esther Carmen (Member of Staff)

I am an interdisciplinary qualitative environmental social scientists interested in the role of different actors in shaping system change in the context of complex environmental challenges, and how social, political and cultural factors intersect...
March 3, 2022
Researchers from the James Hutton Institute are calling on community landowners from across Scotland to help them develop a greater understanding of the agricultural activity carried out on their land.  The research also explores perceptions...
March 3, 2022
New research by James Hutton Institute scientists and partner organisations explores the use of sustainable farming practices in Scotland and how these support long-term land productivity and resilience amongst agricultural businesses.
February 2, 2022
MERLIN stands for Mainstreaming Ecological Restoration of freshwater-related ecosystems in a Landscape context: INnovation, upscaling and transformation. MERLIN is a European Horizon 2020 project (2021-2025) with 44 partner organisations across...
November 11, 2021

Simone Martino (Member of Staff)

November 11, 2021

Alhassan Ibrahim (Member of Staff)

September 9, 2021

Elliot Hurst (Member of Staff)

Elliot is a PhD scholar who is working across disciplines to understand the complexities of water. He has a background in water engineering, hydraulic modelling and ecohydrology. With his PhD project he aims to utilise natural and social science...
September 9, 2021

Oliver Zwirner (Member of Staff)

July 7, 2021

Stanislav Martinat (Member of Staff)

June 6, 2021

Diana Valero (Member of Staff)

Diana Valero is a social scientist working as MDT Fellow in Rural Water Security working in the Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences (SEGS) research group at the James Hutton Institute. Her educational background is in political science,...
January 1, 2019

Leanne Townsend (Member of Staff)

July 7, 2018

Paola Ovando Pol (Member of Staff)

I am an  Environmental Economist, with a PhD in Economics from the University of Alcalá (Madrid, Spain). Former Macaulay Development Trust (MDT) Fellow in Natural Capital Accounting (2018-2021), and part of the Social, Economic and...
May 5, 2018

Irma Arts (Member of Staff)

Irma is a PhD researcher in Conservation Science at the University of Aberdeen, in cooperation with the Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences research group of the James Hutton Institute. She completed a BSc in Biology at the Radboud...
March 3, 2017

Carla Barlagne (Member of Staff)

Carla Barlagne is a researcher in agricultural and rural economics working in the Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences (SEGS) research group at the James Hutton Institute. She has a background in agronomy, agricultural economics and...
February 2, 2017

Claire Hardy (Member of Staff)

December 12, 2016

Laure Kuhfuss (Member of Staff)

December 12, 2016

Rowan Ellis (Member of Staff)

November 11, 2016

Alba Juárez-Bourke (Member of Staff)

I am a research assistant in qualitative methods working in the Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences Department. I have a BSc in Environmental Sciences at the University of Valencia and an MSc in Social-Ecological Resilience for Sustainable...
October 10, 2016

Orla Shortall (Member of Staff)

Orla has a multidisciplinary social science background and an interest in decision making and governance within agriculture. Her work currently focuses on livestock: the role of grass and grazing in dairy production; antimicrobial use in calf...
May 5, 2012

Dominic Duckett (Member of Staff)

March 3, 2011

Lee-Ann Sutherland (Member of Staff)

Prof Lee-Ann Sutherland is Director of the James Hutton Institute's new flagship, the International Land Use Study Centre. The new centre reflects the Institute's a vision for inclusive, open science that engages the public,...
March 3, 2011

Annie McKee (Member of Staff)

March 3, 2011

Keith Marshall (Member of Staff)

I am a post-doctoral research assistant working in the Environmental Governance and Land Management Group of the Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences Department at the James Hutton Institute. I have a research and teaching background in...
March 3, 2011

Carol Kyle (Member of Staff)

I am  a research assistant with 20 years experience at the Institute. Originally trained in farm animal reproduction and nutrition, I made the leap into Social Research in 2013. As a square peg in a round hole I found the first year or so...
March 3, 2011

Katrina Brown (Member of Staff)

March 3, 2011

Kirsty Blackstock (Member of Staff)

March 3, 2011

Kerry Waylen (Member of Staff)

Kerry Waylen is a senior researcher in the Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences (SEGS) department at the James Hutton Institute.  She aims to understand - and help achieve - more inclusive and holistic natural resource management, with...
March 3, 2011

Maria Nijnik (Member of Staff)

March 3, 2011

Sharon Flanigan (Member of Staff)


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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.