Niamh Mahon

Research Scientist
Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences
T: +44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

Niamh Mahon is an environmental social scientist, with an interdisciplinary background, working in the Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences (SEGS) group at the James Hutton Institute. Niamh is currently working on a series of projects related to farm animal health and welfare with a focus on disease, and rural digitalisation.

Before joining the James Hutton Institute, Niamh worked as a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Hull on the interdisciplinary, Wellcome Trust Funded FIELD project, exploring the sustainable reduction of endemic livestock disease in the UK. She has also worked as an hourly paid lecturer at Nottingham Trent University and as a research assistant in socio-economics and policy for the Organic Research Centre. Niamh has a PhD on the development of stakeholder-sensitive indicators of the Sustainable Intensification of UK agriculture and a Master’s degree in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security.

Niamh is currently working on a series of projects related to aspects of farm animal health and welfare, and rural digitisation funded by –
The Centre of Expertise on Animal Disease Outbreaks (EPIC)
The Scottish Government’s Rural & Environment Science & Analytical Services Division (COMBINE)
The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BRACE)
The EU Horizon Europe programme (CODECS)
Animal Welfare Foundation (BARF)


Conference posters / abstracts

  • Mahon, N.; Holloway, L.; Clark, B.; Proctor, A. (2023) Doing disease at scale: The case of farm animal lameness, 2023 International ISESSAH Conference, 13-15 June 2023, University of Helsinki, Finland