Alice Hague

Senior Environmental Social Scientist
Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences
Alice is a Senior Environmental Social Scientist in the Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences Department, and Group Leader for our Environmental Governance research group. Alice's research focuses broadly on climate change and the circular economy, looking at how communities, organisations, and different levels of governance interact to deliver policy. She was awarded a PCAN Fellowship (2020-2021) by the Place-based Climate Action Network (funded by the ESRC) for a study investigating climate adaptation policy and action at the local level, looking at the north-east of Scotland as a case study.

Alice has a background in environmental science, science communication, and science and climate change policy. She previously worked as Head of Science and Innovation for the Nordic region as part of the UK’s  international Science and Innovation Network, and spent a year on secondment to the climate change team at the Swedish Ministry for the Environment, during which time she was a delegate to the UNFCCC climate change negotiations.

Alice is a member of the Political Studies Association and the International Association for People-Environment Studies, and an Associate Fellow of the UK’s Higher Education Academy (HEA).

  • Everyday circularity and the transition to a circular economy
  • Community engagement with climate change mitigation and adaptation
  • Climate change governance and participation at multiple level

Past research

Alice joined the James Hutton Institute in 2018 after completing her PhD at the University of Edinburgh. Her earlier research investigated the engagement of faith-based actors in environmental issues, with a particular focus on the motivations for, and practices of, local-level environmental action.


Prior to appointment


  • Hague, A. (2021) Grounded in community: Christianity and environmental engagement in Scotland., In: Silvern, S.E. & Davis, E.H. (eds.). Religion, Sustainability and Place: Moral Geographies for the Anthropocene. Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan, Chapter 12, pp 277-301


  • Colley, K.; Hague, A.; Thompson, C.; Fischer, A.; Roberts, M.; Irvine, K.; Juarez Bourke, A.; Conniff, A.; Nicholson, H.; Eastwood, A.; Herrett, S.; Ferguson, J.; Murray, K.; Rae, G. (2023) Creating Natural Connections: Final Evaluation of Outcomes for People, Evaluation report of the people-focused activities of the Creating Natural Connections project, delivered by Cumbernauld Living Landscape.
  • Aitkenhead, M.; McKeen, M.; Sideris, K.; Rees, N.; Gurd, J.; Hague, A.; Artz, R. (2022) Accelerating Peatland Restoration in Northern Ireland, Submitted directly to Northern Ireland Environment Agency.
  • Arthur, J.; Ferguson, J.; Murray, K.; Rae, G.; Hague, A.; Colley, K. (2021) Community-based social research – Year 2 evaluation of Cumbernauld Living Landscape project., Internal Report to Cumbernauld Living Landscape and National Lottery Heritage Fund.
  • Irvine, K.N.; Msika, J.; Dinnie, E.; Craig, T.; Fischer, A.; Hague, A.; Rajagopalan, D.; Roberts, M.; Wilson, R. (2020) Climate change engagement: assessing the impacts of the Climate Challenge Fund., ClimateXChange Report, 164pp.
  • Matthews, K..B.; Blackstock, K.L.; Waylen, K.A.; Juarez-Bourke, A.; Miller, D.G.; Wardell-Johnson, D.H.; Rivington, M.; Hague, A.; Fisher, D.; Renner, A.; Cadillo-Benalcazar, J.; Schyns, J.; Giampietro, M. (2020) Report on EU sustainability goals: insights from quantitative story telling and WEFE nexus, MAGIC (H2020-GA 689669) Project Deliverable 5.1, 31 July 2020, 136pp.

Conference papers

  • Hague, A.; Wooldridge, T. (2023) Connecting for climate action at the local level local authorities as intermediary actors, The Royal Geographical Society (RGS) & Institute of British Geographers (IBG) Annual International Conference, 29 August – 1 September 2023, London and Online
  • Colley, K.; Craig, T.; Scholz, G.; Hague, A.; Wilson, R.; Polhill, G.; Salt, D.; Somervail, P.; Nazli Koseoglu, M.; Wooldridge, T. (2022) The role of individuals and households in the transition to a circular economy a social simulation approach, International Association of People-Environment Studies (IAPS) 2022 conference, online
  • Hague, A.; Stevenson, T.; Craig, T.; Colley, K.; Somervail, P. (2022) Acting locally intermediary actors and the transition to a low carbon economy, IAPS 2022 Conference, 4 – 8 July 2022, Lisbon, Portugal and Online
  • Hague, A.; Stevenson, T. (2021) Place-based climate action: where urban and rural meet., Royal Geographical Society/Institute of British Geographers (RGS/IBG) Annual Conference. London and Online, 31 August -3 September 2021.
  • Van Veelen, B.; Hague, A. (2019) Producing diverse and multi-scalar climate subjects: a relational approach for understanding faith-based climate action., Conference presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers, Washington, D.C., 3-7 April 2019.
  • Eastwood, A.; Fischer, A.; Hague. A. (2019) The role of social relationships in the adaptive management of the Scottish uplands., Presentation, Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Annual International Conference 2019, London, UK, 27-30 August 2019.
  • Hague, A. (2018) Ecological issues and community engagement., Invited Presentation at Academic Workshop “Governance beyond the Anthropocene: Ecological Issues in Political Practice and Thought”. Supported by the UACES (University Association for Contemporary European Studies), University of Hertfordshire, 22 June 2018.

Conference posters

  • Chen, J.; Craig, T.; Colley, K.; Hague, A.; Heban, S.; Somervail, P.; Wooldridge, T.; Martinez Sanchez, G.; Polhill, G.; Ballesteros Figueroa, A. (2023) Poster presentation in 2023 Social Simulation Conference, Social Simulation Conference 2023, 4-8 September 2023, Glasgow
  • Assefa, S.; Craig, T.; Hague, A.; Colley, K.; Chen, J.; Polhill, G. (2023) Using agent-based modelling to explore circular economy behaviours in Scotland, Social Simulation Conference 2023, University of Glasgow, UK, 4-8 September
  • Hague, A.; Colley, K.; Wooldridge, T.; Somervail, P.; Chen, J.; Ballesteros Figueroa, A.; Craig, T. (2023) Transitioning to a circular economy: Everyday circular behaviours, Poster, SEFARI
  • Hague, A.; Fischer, A.; Juarez-Bourke, A.; Byg, A.; Herrett, S. (2020) Conversations about conservation: Local perceptions of woodland management in high-value conservation sites., Joint Meeting of the British Ecological Society, People and Nature and the Valuing Naturing programme: The Multiple Values of Nature, Bristol, 2-3 March 2020. (Poster presentation)
  • Juarez-Bourke, A.; Eastwood, A.; Herrett, S.; Hague, A. (2019) Participatory Video. Helping people engage with nature., Scottish Biodiversity Science Conference 2019, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, 18 November 2019.