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Alice Hague

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Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences
Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences
Environmental Social Scientist
+44 (0)1224 395304

The James Hutton Institute
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK


Alice is an Environmental Social Scientist in the Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences Department. Her research focuses broadly on local-level engagement with environmental issues and climate change, sustainability transitions, and connections between people and nature. She has been awarded a PCAN Fellowship (2020-2021) by the Place-based Climate Action Network (funded by the ESRC) for a study investigating climate adaptation policy and action at the local level, looking at the north-east of Scotland as a case study.

Alice has a background in environmental science, science communication, and science and climate change policy. Alice began her career in science communication and science policy, and previously worked as Head of Science and Innovation for the Nordic region as part of the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s Science and Innovation Network. She spent a year on secondment to the climate change team at the Swedish Ministry for the Environment and was a delegate to the UNFCCC climate change negotiations during this period.

She is a member of the Political Studies Association and the International Association for People-Environment Studies, and an Associate Fellow of the UK's Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Current research interests

  • Community engagement with climate change mitigation and adaptation.
  • Climate change governance and participation at the local and national level.
  • Social understandings, discourse, and interaction with nature and biodiversity
  • People-nature interactions and biodiversity.

Past research

Alice joined the James Hutton Institute in 2018 after completing her PhD at the University of Edinburgh. Her earlier research investigated the engagement of Christian faith communities in environmental issues, with a particular focus on the motivations for, and practices of, local-level environmental action.


  • Hague, A. (2021) Grounded in community: Christianity and environmental engagement in Scotland., In: Silvern, S.E. & Davis, E.H. (eds.). Religion, Sustainability and Place: Moral Geographies for the Anthropocene. Palgrave Macmillan, pp277-301.

  • Colley, K.; Craig, T.; Scholz, G.; Hague, A.; Wilson, R.; Polhill, G.; Salt, D.; Somervail, P.; Nazli Koseoglu, M.; Wooldridge, T. (2022) The role of individuals and households in the transition to a circular economy a social simulation approach, International Association of People-Environment Studies (IAPS) 2022 conference, online
  • Hague, A.; Stevenson, T.; Craig, T.; Colley, K.; Somervail, P. (2022) Acting locally intermediary actors and the transition to a low carbon economy, IAPS conference (International Association for People-Environment Studies), Lisbon/online.
  • Hague, A.; Stevenson, T. (2021) Place-based climate action: where urban and rural meet., Royal Geographical Society/Institute of British Geographers (RGS/IBG) Annual Conference. London and Online, 31 August -3 September 2021.
  • Van Veelen, B.; Hague, A. (2019) Producing diverse and multi-scalar climate subjects: a relational approach for understanding faith-based climate action., Conference presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers, Washington, D.C., 3-7 April 2019.
  • Eastwood, A.; Fischer, A.; Hague. A. (2019) The role of social relationships in the adaptive management of the Scottish uplands., Presentation, Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Annual International Conference 2019, London, UK, 27-30 August 2019.
  • Hague, A. (2018) Ecological issues and community engagement., Invited Presentation at Academic Workshop "Governance beyond the Anthropocene: Ecological Issues in Political Practice and Thought". Supported by the UACES (University Association for Contemporary European Studies), University of Hertfordshire, 22 June 2018.

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