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Anja Byg

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Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences
Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences
Social Scientist
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK


Anja Byg joined the Social, Economic and Geographical Science Group at the James Hutton Institute in May 2013. Anja has a background in anthropology and biology, and has conducted interdisciplinary work on human-environment relationships in several countries. After obtaining a PhD from the University of Aarhus, Denmark, Anja was a visiting researcher at the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford and a post-doctoral fellow at the Missouri Botanical Garden and at the University of Copenhagen.

Current research interests

Anja’s research centres on local perceptions and use of the environment including people’s priorities and values with regard to the environment, their perceptions of environmental changes, the ways in which such changes impact people and how they respond to environmental changes.  A related interest is the topic of sustainable use and management of the environment.

Ongoing and recent projects

At the James Hutton Institute, Anja is currently engaged in the following projects:

  • PROVIding smart DElivery of public goods by EU agriculture and forestry (
  • Alternative Carbon Investments in Ecosystems for Poverty Alleviation (ALTER,
  • Building Resilience in Ethiopia's Awassa region to Drought (BREAD)
  • Peatland ecosystem services and social values in soil management
  • Biodiversity management
  • Ecosystem services supply
  • The ethical dimensions of digital visual research method

Previous work includes work on small-scale forestry, the Scottish Land Use Strategy, collaborative marine planning, climate change perceptions and impacts in Nepal and China, and use and knowledge of rain forest resources in Ecuador and Madagascar.

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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.