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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 methods for understanding as well as supporting these interactions.

Current research interests

I am curently working on the following projects:

Exploring if and how catchment partnerships help achieve multiple goals, and the role of the private sector in these partnerships.

Understanding the role of habitats and biodiversity in the production of ecosystem services, and the impact of management interventions on ecosystem service flows, within the Ecosystem Services Provision project. We are using creative and visual methods, such as Participatory Video and Digital Stories to understand the nuances of people's views and perceptions of benefits.

Mapping the different stories about the woodlands in the Cairngorms National Park, through the UnderStories project.

Supporting partners of the AgriLink H2020 project in the production of Digital Stories to reflect on and represent what they learnt throught the project's case studies of sustainable agriculture.


Past research

Previous projects I worked on were:

Exploring narratives that shape European envrionmental policies, within the project MAGIC 'Moving towards Adaptive Governance in Complexity: Informing Nexus Security', funded by EU H2020 programme.

Identifying lessons for integrating delivery of water policy goals from international examples.

Exploring how policy instruments interact to shape the management of soil, water and biodiversity.

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.


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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.