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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...
January 1, 2022
The James Hutton Institute and Robert Gordon University (RGU) are carrying out research on how COVID-19 restrictions impacted behaviours around food related practices. The study will look at the nature and extent of these changes across different...
November 11, 2021
New research published today by the James Hutton Institute has found that the shift to virtual meetings and events due to the Covid-19 pandemic improved accessibility to knowledge exchange, networking, and organisations for women working on farms...
October 10, 2021

Geeske Scholz (Member of Staff)

October 10, 2021
Until July 2022, the James Hutton Institute’s Aberdeen site will host Compass, a sculpture by Scottish artist Annie Cattrell that draws inspiration from Scottish geology and James Hutton’s Theory of the Earth, specifically Siccar...
October 10, 2021
Dr Ruth Wilson and Dr Jonathan Hopkins, social scientists within the James Hutton Institute’s Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences department, have contributed evidence to a session of the Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural...
September 9, 2021

Natalie Rees (Member of Staff)

September 9, 2021
While urban greenspace is often associated with improved mental health, new research has found these benefits are dependent on the characteristics of the population using the space, and their proximity to it. Researchers at the James Hutton...
September 9, 2021
Agricultural resilience is critical across Europe, but how can individual farms ensure they are ‘future proofed’? This question will be at the centre of an international online event to be held on Tuesday 21st September (8 – 9....
September 9, 2021

Phoebe Somervail (Member of Staff)

September 9, 2021
Researchers from the James Hutton Institute and the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research are calling on arable farmers from across Scotland to help them develop a greater understanding of attitudes towards making risky decisions...
June 6, 2021

Tami Wooldridge (Member of Staff)

I am a research assistant in the Sustainable Transitions group of the Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences department. The main duties of my role involve contributing to the delivery of qualitative research projects by assisting with...
June 6, 2021

Laura MacLean (Member of Staff)

June 6, 2019

Nazli Koseoglu (Member of Staff)

January 1, 2019

Christina Noble (Member of Staff)

I am a qualitative social scientist in the Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences Group, joining in 2018. I have a background in human geography, and enjoy research in rural areas working with different land users in the countryside. My...
November 11, 2018

Simone Piras (Member of Staff)

June 6, 2018

Alice Hague (Member of Staff)

May 5, 2018

Michaela Roberts (Member of Staff)

I am an environmental economist with a background in ecology. I am interested in environmental conservation, and particularly how this integrates into multi-use landscapes, and how to include the needs of varied stakeholders. I use methods such...
November 11, 2017

Ruth Wilson (Member of Staff)

Ruth joined the Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences Department as a social scientist in 2017. Her research focuses on rural and island communities and what helps them to thrive - socially, economically and culturally. Ruth currently works...
May 5, 2015

Kathryn Colley (Member of Staff)

Kathryn is an environmental psychologist in the Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences department.  Her work focuses on person-environment interactions and their role in shaping individual behaviour and wellbeing. 
November 11, 2014

Annabel Pinker (Member of Staff)

I am a social anthropologist, with over 10 years of ethnographic research experience based on fieldwork in Ecuador, Peru and the UK. Both in Latin America and in Scotland, my research has explored the entanglements between social, political...
November 11, 2013

Katherine Irvine (Member of Staff)

I am a senior researcher in conservation behaviour / environmental psychology focusing on people-environment relationships. I draw on an interdisciplinary background in molecular biology, natural resource management, conservation behaviour and...
September 9, 2013

Rachel Creaney (Member of Staff)

August 8, 2013

Jonathan Hopkins (Member of Staff)

April 4, 2013

Mags Currie (Member of Staff)

Mags is a senior researcher working in the Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences Department within the People and Places group. She joined the James Hutton Institute in January 2013.
February 2, 2012

Anna Conniff (Member of Staff)

March 3, 2011

Liz Dinnie (Member of Staff)

March 3, 2011

Tony Craig (Member of Staff)

Tony Craig is the Head of the Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences department. He carries out research in the topic area of people-environment studies.

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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.