Keith Marshall

Research Assistant in Environmental Governance
Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences
T: +44 (0)1224 395406
I am an environmental social scientist working in the Environmental Governance Group of the Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences Department at the James Hutton Institute. I have a research and teaching background in resource management, conservation ecology, and habitat modelling for species conservation in the UK and overseas. Building on this I then moved, via interdisciplinary studies on wildlife related human conflict, to researching stakeholder attitudes, collaborative processes, policy, and governance structures in relation to catchment focussed natural resource management challenges, both in Scotland and Malawi.  

Recent research has focussed on the barriers and opportunities to rolling out effective freshwater nature based solutions. This continues in one of the projects I’m currently involved in:

  • Scaling and Mainstreaming Nature-based Solutions
  • Emerging Water Futures: Resilience of Private Water Supplies

I have also recently joined another water related project – this time with a focus on household and community vulnerability to accessing sufficient and safe water when reliant on Private Water Supplies:

  • Emerging Water Futures: Resilience of Private Water Supplies



Prior to appointment

  • MacMillan, D.C. and Marshall, K. (2004) Optimising capercailzie habitat in commercial forestry plantations., Forest Ecology and Management, 198, 351-365.
  • Welsh, D.; Scott, D.; Staines, B.; Stiolte, A.; Marshall, K. (1995) Monitoring the effects of fencing out red deer at Ballochbuie pinewood. Report for 1994 and 1995., Institute of Terrestrial Ecology Report, October 1995, 18pp.

Books / chapters

Technical / contract reports

Conference papers

  • Waylen, K.A.; Blackstock, K.L.; Juarez-Bourke, A.; Marshall, K.M. (2021) Agency and constraint: the role of individuals in policy coherence for joined-up water governance, Presentation delivered as part of panel on Integrative Water Governance across Scales, Levels and Sectors, ICPP5, 5th International Conference on Public Policy, 5-9 July 2021.
  • Waylen, K.A.; Blackstock, K.L.; Juárez-Bourke, A.; Marshall, K. (2020) Striving to integrate delivery of water policies: the challenges of governing differently, Presentation given at the 2020 General Conference of the European Consortium of Political Research (ECPR) Governance, in the Session “Water Governance and The European Union Water Framework Directive”, 24-28 August 2020. (Online).
  • Marshall, K.; Waylen, K.A.; Wilkinson, M.; Dodd, N.; Beier, S. (2019) Community attitudes to natural flood management (NFM). CRW2018-03, SCOTS Conference Event, Dean Castle Visitor Centre, Kilmarnock, 28 November 2019. Powerpoint presentation.
  • Dinnie, E.; Kyle, C.; Marshall, K. (2019) Can local food growing really help to deliver more sustainable food systems? Linking everyday practices with macro social change., Sixth BSA Food Study Group Conference: Food Systems and Society, Monash University, Prato, Italy, 24-25 June 2019. Powerpoint presentation, 9 slides.
  • Macleod, C.J.A.; Black, H.I.J.; Brown, K.; Blackstock, K.L.; Dawson, J.J.C.; Holmes, B.; Langan, S.J.; Marshall, K.; Martin-Ortega, J.; Munoz-Rojas, J.; Morris, S.; Prager, K.; Rivington, M.; Waylen, K.; Vinten, A.J.A.; Gordon, I.J. (2011) What is required for greater levels of interdisciplinary science in a research institute?, 6th International Conference on Environmental Future: Interdisciplinary Progress in Environmental Science and Management, Newcastle, UK, 18-22 July 2011.
  • Waylen, K.A.; Blackstock, K.L.; Marshall, K. (2011) Combining prescribed targets with stakeholder participation : lessons from water resource management in Scotland., International Symposium for Society and Natural Resource Management, (ISSRM), Madison, Wisconsin, USA, 4-8 June 2011.
  • Blackstock, K.L.; Dunglinson, J.; Marshall, K.M.; Waylen K.A. (2010) Draft conceptual model to evaluate stakeholder involvement in RBMP., Presentation to the Colluquium on Public Participation and River Basin Management in the Implementation of WFD, Luneburg, Germany, 1-3 September 2010.
  • Blackstock, K.L.; Dunglinson, J.; Marshall, K.M.; Waylen K.A. (2010) Scotland’s experiences of public participation in RBMP., Presentation to the Colluquium on Public Participation and River Basin Management in the Implementation of WFD, Luneburg, Germany, 1-3 September 2010.
  • Polhill, J.G.; Galan-Diaz, C.R.; Gotts, N.M.; Craig, T.; Marshall, K.; Sutherland, L-A.; Kriel, A.; Fischer, A. (2010) The ODDness of modelling: early experiences from a transdisciplinary modelling exercise., Third World Congress on Social Simulation (WCSS 2010), University of Kassel, Germany, 6-9 September 2010.

Conference posters / abstracts

  • Wilkinson, M.; Beven, K.; Brewer, P.; El-khatib, Y.; Gemmell, A.; Haygarth, P.M.; Mackay, E.; Macklin, M.; Marshall, K.; Quinn, P.F.; Stutter, M.I.; Thomas, N.; Vitolo, C.; the full EVO Polot Team. (2013) The Environmental Virtual Observatory (EVO) local exemplar: A cloud based local landscape learning visualisation tool for communicating flood risk to catchment stakeholders., European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2013, Vienna, Austria, 7-12 April 2013. Geophysical Research Abstracts, 15, EGU2013-11592-1.
  • Heslop, S.; Slee, B.; Craig, T.; Marshall, K. (2011) Preferences for different models of community benefit in relation to commercial wind energy developments., Scottish Government, Research Conference on Values and Climate Change Behaviour, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh, 14 December 2011. (Poster)
  • Stutter, M.I.; Watson, H.; Cook, Y.; Marshall, K.; Langan, S.J. (2011) The Tarland catchment initiative community website., Catchment Science 2011, Catchment Scale Research and Evaluation for Agriculture and Water Quality, Dublin, Ireland, 14-16 September 2011.
  • Blackstock, K.L.; Coull, M.C.; Dunglinson, J.; Fischer, A.; Futter, M.; Glenk, K.; Marshall, K.; Smith, H. (2009) Stakeholder engagement in river basin management planning., Knowledge Scotland KTE Event, SEPA, Stirling, 29 May 2009.
  • Fischer, A.; Marshall, K.; Selge, S. (2009) Understandings of nature: public views, conflicts and attitudes towards management., Knowledge Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage, Inverness, 25 March 2009.
  • Marshall, K.; Myrvang-Brown, K. (2009) Back to the future? “New” local governance and the implementation of outdoor access legislation in Scotland., European Society for Rural Sociology Congress (ESRS), XXIII, Vassa Finland, 17-21 August 2009.
  • Brown, K.M.; Marshall, K.; Dilley, R. (2008) Claiming rights to rural space through off-road cycling., Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Boston, Massachusetts, 15-19 April 2008.
  • Brown, K.M.; Marshall, K. (2007) Landscapes of practice: experiences and values of countryside recreation., Landscape and Health Conference, Edinburgh, 19-21 September 2007. (Poster)
  • Brown, K.M.; Marshall, K. (2007) Experiences and values of recreational landscapes., Making Scotland’s Rural Environment More Sustainable, Royal Society of Edinburgh, 25 June 2007.