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Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences

The Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences (SEGS) department was formed in July 2011 following the creation of the James Hutton Institute earlier in that year. SEGS evolved from the Socio-Economics Group of the predecessor Macaulay Land Use Research Institute. SEGS is made up of roughly 40 staff and 15 PhD students representing the fields of economics, geography, sociology, anthropology, psychology and everything in between! Our mission is to be internationally recognised for the quality, relevance and impact of our social science research connecting land, people and the environment.

What we do

We conduct both free-standing social science and interdisciplinary work, often with natural scientists, as well as transdisciplinary work with a range of stakeholders. Our research topics include: sustainability, rural economies, agriculture, culture & social norms, local food, transport, land management, energy, natural resource use, governance & institutions, risk, communities and health. Our strength lies in developing research tools and methods that can be applied to environmental and rural problems across all the Institute's research. Through the development and use of a variety of quantitative and qualitative research tools, we provide new insights into complex problems.

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For further information about SEGS please contact Science Department Head Tony Craig.


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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.