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Anja Byg

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Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences
Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences
Social Scientist
anja.byg@hutton.ac.uk
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Craigiebuckler
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 (http://www.provide-project.eu/#about-section)
  • Alternative Carbon Investments in Ecosystems for Poverty Alleviation (ALTER, http://www.espa-alter.org/)
  • 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.

Bibliography

  • Moller, L.R.; Smith-Hall, C.; Meilby, H.; Rayamajhi, S.; Herslund, L.B.; Larsen, H.O., Nielsen, O.J.; Byg, A., (In press) Empirically based analysis of households coping with unexpected shocks in the central Himalayas., Climate and Development.
  • Tindale, S.J.; Roberts, M.; Koseoglu, N.; Novo, P.; Kyle, C.; Byg, A.; Faccioli, M.; Komossa, F.; Schaller, L.; Slee, B.; Villanueva, A.J.; Zasada, I.; Viaggi, D., (2018) Evaluation of the co-construction research process., Report for PROVIDE (PROVIding smart DElivery of public goods by EU agriculture and forestry), Deliverable D2.5. Final Version, August 2018, 44pp.
  • Novo, P.; Byg, A.; Herrett, S.; Roberts, M., (2018) Biodiversity governance characteristics and values., Report on a Workshop, Edinburgh, February 2018, 12pp.
  • Byg, A.; Duckett, D.; Conniff, A., (2018) Ethical dimensions of digital visual research methods., Project Report, 15pp.
  • Byg, A.; Roberts, M.; Kyle, C.; Tindale, S., (2018) Strengths and weaknesses of governance mechanisms - workshop report., PROVIDE Workshop Report, James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen, 21 February 2018, 17pp.
  • Byg, A.; Novo, P.; Herrett, S.; Roberts, M., (2018) Governance for biodiversity - the role of values and perceptions., Report for James Hutton Institute or Sefari webpage, 14pp.
  • Byg, A.; Novo, P.; Kyle, C., (2018) Shetland’s peatbogs - Residents’ values and perceptions’., Report for James Hutton Institute website. (News item)
  • Byg, A.; Faccioli, M.; Kyle, C.; Wilson, R., (2018) Factors influencing agriculture, water and biodiversity in the Ugie area, Aberdeenshire., Report published on PROVIDE and James Hutton Institute webpage, 14pp.
  • Martin-Ortega, J.; Glenk, K.; Byg, A., (2017) How to make complexity look simple? Conveying ecosystems restoration complexity for socio-economic research and public engagement., PLoS ONE, 12, Article No. e0181686.
  • Byg, A.; Novo, P.; Dinato, M.; Moges, A.; Tefera, T.; Balana, B.; Woldeamanual, T.; Black, H.I.J., (2017) Trees, soils, and warthogs - distribution of services and disservices from reforestation areas in southern Ethiopia., Forest Policy and Economics, 84, 112-119.
  • Byg, A.; Martin-Ortega, J.; Glenk, K.; Novo-Nunez, P., (2017) Conservation in the face of ambivalent public perceptions - the case of peatlands as "the good, the bad and the ugly"., Biological Conservation, 206, 181-189.
  • Eastwood, A.; Fischer, A.; Byg, A., (2017) The challenges of participatory and systemic environmental management: from aspiration to implementation., Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 60, 1683-1701.
  • Turreira-Garcia, N.; Vilkamaa, A.M.; Byg, A.; Theilade, I., (2017) Diversity, knowledge, and use of leafy vegetables in Northern Thailand - maintenance and transmission of ethnobotanical knowledge during urbanisation., Siam Society Natural History Bulletin, 62, 85-105.
  • Byg, A.; Novo, P.; Kyle, C., (2017) Portlethen Moss - what do you think about it?, Report on a Workshop with Local Residents, Portlethen Church Hall, 25 May 2017, 21pp.
  • Byg, A.; Novo, P.; Faccioli, M., (2017) D1.1. Review biodiversity governance., Final Report for Hutton Webpage.
  • Pyhala, A.; Fernandez-Llamazares, A.; Lehvavirta, H.; Byg, A.; Ruiz-Mallen, I.; Salpeteur, M.; Thorton, T.F., (2016) Global environmental change: local perceptions, understandings, and explanations., Ecology and Society, 21, Article No. 25.
  • Byg, A.; Herlund, L.B., (2016) Socio-economic changes, social capital and implications for climate change in a changing rural Nepal., GeoJournal, 81, 169-184.
  • Addy, S.; Cooksley, S.; Dodd, N.; Waylen, K.A.; Byg, A.; Holstead, K., (2016) River restoration and biodiversity: nature-based solutions for restoring the rivers of the UK and Republic of Ireland., Published Jointly by IUCN, NCUK and CREW, 64pp. CRW2014/10. ISBN: 978-0-902701-16-8
  • Byg, A.; Faccioli, M.; Novo, P.; Martens, K., (2016) D3.2 - Report synthesizing the findings of the CSR level mapping of public good demand and supply, its underlying determinants, producers and beneficiaries., CSR Report Scotland.
  • Faccioli, M.; Creaney, R.; Novo, P.; Byg, A.; Martens, K., (2016) Unpacking the notion of public goods from agriculture and forestry in Aberdeenshire and mapping their availability: A workshop report., Report on First Local Stakeholder Workshop, Aberdeenshire, February 2016.
  • Scott, B.E.; Irvine, K.N.; Byg, A.; Gubbins, M.; Kafas, A.; Kenter, J.; MacDonald, A.; Murray, R.; Potts, T.; Slater, A.M.; Tweddle, J.F.; Wright, K.; Davies, I.M., (2016) The cooperative participatory evaluation of renewable technologies on ecosystem services (CORPORATES)., Scottish Marine and Freshwater Science Report, Volume 7, No.1. Scottish Government, Edinburgh, 84pp.
  • Fischer, A.; Byg, A.; Eastwood, A.; Irvine, R.J., (2016) Ecosystem services at a local scale., In: Brooker, R., Hester, A. & Pakeman, R. (eds.). Ecosystem Services. The James Hutton Institute, Craigiebuckler, Aberdeen, pp20-21.
  • Eastwood, A.; Irvine, J.; Blackstock, K.; Byg, A.; Fischer, A., (2016) Approaches for more integrated and participatory decision making., In: Brooker, R., Hester, A. & Pakeman, R. (eds.). Ecosystem Services. The James Hutton Institute, Craigiebuckler, Aberdeen, pp14-15.
  • Plieninger, T.; Bieling, C.; Fagerholm, N.; Byg, A.; Hartel, T.; Hurley, P.; López-Santiago, C. A.; Nagabhatla, N.; Oteros-Rozas, E.; Raymond, C.M.; van der Horst, D.; Huntsinger, L., (2015) The role of cultural ecosystem services in landscape management and planning., Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 14, 28-33.
  • Martin-Ortega, J.; Glenk, K.; Byg, A.; Kyle, C., (2015) Scotland's peat bogs, what do you think about them? - II., Report by The James Hutton Institute, Scottish Rural Collage and Climate Exchange (CxC), January 2015.
  • Martin-Ortega, J.; Glenk, K.; Byg, A,; Kyle, C., (2015) Scotland's peat bogs, what do you think about them?, Report on the Proceedings of a Workshop, The James Hutton Institute, Scottish Rural College and Climate Exchange (CxC).
  • Eastwood, A.; Donaldson-Selby, G.; Byg, A.; Fischer, A., (2015) A Future of the Forest of Falkland., Report of staff workshop, Falkland Estate, 26 March 2015. One day staff workshop.
  • Mukul, S.; Byg, A.; Herbohn, J., (2014) Shifting away from swidden? Factors affecting swidden transition in the central hill districts of Nepal., In: Carins, M.F. (ed.). Shifting Cultivation and Environmental Change Indigenous People, Agriculture and Forest Conservation. Earthscan, London.
  • Zheng, Y.; Byg, A.; Thorsen, B.J.; Strange, N., (2013) A temporal dimension of household vulnerability in three rural communities in Lijiang, China., Human Ecology, 42, 283-295.

  • Fischer, A.; Byg, A.; Eastwood, A.; Irvine, R.J., (2016) Ecosystem services at a local scale., In: Brooker, R., Hester, A. & Pakeman, R. (eds.). Ecosystem Services. The James Hutton Institute, Craigiebuckler, Aberdeen, pp20-21.
  • Eastwood, A.; Irvine, J.; Blackstock, K.; Byg, A.; Fischer, A., (2016) Approaches for more integrated and participatory decision making., In: Brooker, R., Hester, A. & Pakeman, R. (eds.). Ecosystem Services. The James Hutton Institute, Craigiebuckler, Aberdeen, pp14-15.
  • Mukul, S.; Byg, A.; Herbohn, J., (2014) Shifting away from swidden? Factors affecting swidden transition in the central hill districts of Nepal., In: Carins, M.F. (ed.). Shifting Cultivation and Environmental Change Indigenous People, Agriculture and Forest Conservation. Earthscan, London.

  • Tindale, S.J.; Roberts, M.; Koseoglu, N.; Novo, P.; Kyle, C.; Byg, A.; Faccioli, M.; Komossa, F.; Schaller, L.; Slee, B.; Villanueva, A.J.; Zasada, I.; Viaggi, D., (2018) Evaluation of the co-construction research process., Report for PROVIDE (PROVIding smart DElivery of public goods by EU agriculture and forestry), Deliverable D2.5. Final Version, August 2018, 44pp.
  • Novo, P.; Byg, A.; Herrett, S.; Roberts, M., (2018) Biodiversity governance characteristics and values., Report on a Workshop, Edinburgh, February 2018, 12pp.
  • Byg, A.; Duckett, D.; Conniff, A., (2018) Ethical dimensions of digital visual research methods., Project Report, 15pp.
  • Byg, A.; Roberts, M.; Kyle, C.; Tindale, S., (2018) Strengths and weaknesses of governance mechanisms - workshop report., PROVIDE Workshop Report, James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen, 21 February 2018, 17pp.
  • Byg, A.; Novo, P.; Herrett, S.; Roberts, M., (2018) Governance for biodiversity - the role of values and perceptions., Report for James Hutton Institute or Sefari webpage, 14pp.
  • Byg, A.; Novo, P.; Kyle, C., (2018) Shetland’s peatbogs - Residents’ values and perceptions’., Report for James Hutton Institute website. (News item)
  • Byg, A.; Faccioli, M.; Kyle, C.; Wilson, R., (2018) Factors influencing agriculture, water and biodiversity in the Ugie area, Aberdeenshire., Report published on PROVIDE and James Hutton Institute webpage, 14pp.
  • Byg, A.; Novo, P.; Kyle, C., (2017) Portlethen Moss - what do you think about it?, Report on a Workshop with Local Residents, Portlethen Church Hall, 25 May 2017, 21pp.
  • Byg, A.; Novo, P.; Faccioli, M., (2017) D1.1. Review biodiversity governance., Final Report for Hutton Webpage.
  • Addy, S.; Cooksley, S.; Dodd, N.; Waylen, K.A.; Byg, A.; Holstead, K., (2016) River restoration and biodiversity: nature-based solutions for restoring the rivers of the UK and Republic of Ireland., Published Jointly by IUCN, NCUK and CREW, 64pp. CRW2014/10. ISBN: 978-0-902701-16-8
  • Byg, A.; Faccioli, M.; Novo, P.; Martens, K., (2016) D3.2 - Report synthesizing the findings of the CSR level mapping of public good demand and supply, its underlying determinants, producers and beneficiaries., CSR Report Scotland.
  • Faccioli, M.; Creaney, R.; Novo, P.; Byg, A.; Martens, K., (2016) Unpacking the notion of public goods from agriculture and forestry in Aberdeenshire and mapping their availability: A workshop report., Report on First Local Stakeholder Workshop, Aberdeenshire, February 2016.
  • Scott, B.E.; Irvine, K.N.; Byg, A.; Gubbins, M.; Kafas, A.; Kenter, J.; MacDonald, A.; Murray, R.; Potts, T.; Slater, A.M.; Tweddle, J.F.; Wright, K.; Davies, I.M., (2016) The cooperative participatory evaluation of renewable technologies on ecosystem services (CORPORATES)., Scottish Marine and Freshwater Science Report, Volume 7, No.1. Scottish Government, Edinburgh, 84pp.
  • Martin-Ortega, J.; Glenk, K.; Byg, A.; Kyle, C., (2015) Scotland's peat bogs, what do you think about them? - II., Report by The James Hutton Institute, Scottish Rural Collage and Climate Exchange (CxC), January 2015.
  • Martin-Ortega, J.; Glenk, K.; Byg, A,; Kyle, C., (2015) Scotland's peat bogs, what do you think about them?, Report on the Proceedings of a Workshop, The James Hutton Institute, Scottish Rural College and Climate Exchange (CxC).
  • Eastwood, A.; Donaldson-Selby, G.; Byg, A.; Fischer, A., (2015) A Future of the Forest of Falkland., Report of staff workshop, Falkland Estate, 26 March 2015. One day staff workshop.

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