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Alba Juárez-Bourke

Staff picture: Alba Juárez-Bourke
Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences
Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences
Research Assistant - Qualitative Methods
+44 (0)1224 395300 (direct)

The James Hutton Institute
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK


I am a research assistant in qualitative methods working in the Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences Department. I have a BSc in Environmental Sciences at the University of Valencia and an MSc in Social-Ecological Resilience for Sustainable Development at Stockholm Resilience Centre. My research focusses on the governance of natural resources, in particular stakeholder participation in decision-making. A second strand of interest relates to how people connect to nature, and the use of creative and narrative methods for understanding as well as supporting these interactions.

Current research interests

I am curently working on the following projects:

  • Researching biodiversity narratives, and identifying those narratives that are marginalised or missing in biodiversity research and management in Scotland.
  • Exploring the use narrative enquiry as an evaluation tool to understand the impact of a nature engagement programme.
  • Understanding how Scottish policies support land-use transformations, to meet environmental goals.

Past research

Previous projects I worked on are:

For my master’s thesis I examined the involvement of stakeholders in the development of a land-use plan in Doñana, in Spain, through the lens of adaptive co-management.


  • Nicholson, H.; Juarez Bourke, A.; Green, A.; Boucher, J.; Glendinning, J.; Blackstock, K.; Matthews, K.; Martinat, S.; Thomson, S. (2023) Exploring Horizontal Policy Coherence for Land Use Transformations in Scotland, RGS-IBG Conference, 29 August - 1 September 2023, London
  • Juarez-Bourke, A.; Waylen, K.A.; Blackstock, K.L.; Tindale, S.J. (2021) Integrating policy goals for water management, UN World Water Day, 22 March 2021. (Poster).
  • 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.

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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.