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Communicating our Science

SEGS Researcher facilitating a workshop

Communicating our research with multiple audiences is of critical importance, reflecting our commitment to engagement and fostering change.

We communicate in a variety of ways in order to reach and target different audiences, ranging from peer academics, to rural communities, through to policy-makers. Our materials and approaches range from presentation at conferences, academic publications, seminars, policy briefings, use of social media, webinars, podcasts, and virtual farm tours, exhibitions and market stalls. Much of our research is co-constructed with particular stakeholder groups (e.g. rural communities, or policy-groups) which fosters dialogue and meaningful mutual understanding of non-academic groups. We use a wide range of research methods which sometimes overlap with methods for communication and engagement.Use of our touchtable to engage non-academic audiences

Our academic publications

SEGS researchers publish in a variety of high-quality social science and interdisciplinary journals. These can be found at the bottom of individual staff pages: staff can be found on our page describing SEGS people and structure. Increasingly we focus on publishing in open-access journals (e.g.Journal of Rural Studies, Land Use Policy) which can be freely accessed by all, in line with a commitment to developing open science.

Our non-academic publications and outputs

We also publish many non-academic publications including policy briefs, digital stories, documentaries participatory videos, virtual 'market stalls' and tours and exhibitions and podcasts.   We have compiled a selection of briefings and short reports available here.  Most of such outputs arise from and are most easily understood in the context of specific research projects, each of which usually produces a mixture of materials and outputs.  As one example, one of our past projects on the Ecosystem Approach used a mixture of briefings, reports, talks, papers and workshops. Please visit our SEGS methods page for examples of our visual methods.

Tony Craig

Examples of conferences

We communicate our research through a wide range of academic and practitioner-centred conferences and network events. Between us, SEGS members contribute to many academic and practitioner conferences; but some of the conferences where several SEGS contributors can usually be found include: ESRS (European Society for Rural Sociology); Royal Geographical Society (RGS); Nordic Ruralities: Nordic Conference for Rural Research; Trans-Atlantic Rural Research network (TARRN)

Our seminar series

The group has a highly active research seminar series which involves both internal and external speakers and participants. If you would be interested in presenting at or joining the our seminar mailing list please get in touch with our seminar co-ordinators: Laura MacLean and Keith Marshall.

Recent seminars have focused on: older people's experiences of home and of technology; changes to food behaviours throughout COVID-19; and, community landownership and the climate emergency. We are always keen to hear from new potential presenters, so please get in touch with us.

Social media and our blog

To keep up to date with our outputs, events and research you can follow us on Twitter: @HuttonSEGS and we also write blog articles - visit this link to see our Hutton blog articles.

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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.