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Christina Noble

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

The James Hutton Institute
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK


I am a qualitative social scientist in the Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences Group, joining in 2018. I have a background in human geography, and enjoy research in rural areas working with different land users in the countryside. My current role explores rural migration across Scotland, digitalisation amongst small-scale farmers and crofting communities in Scotland, agricultural innovation, and the continued impacts of Covid-19 on rural and island communities in Scotland. 

My PhD on 'Return Migration and Belonging in Ireland', was completed in 2018 from the University of Aberdeen. The research focused upon return migration from Irish-born citizens returning to the predominately rural counties across the west and south coasts of Ireland during 1991-2011. This was a period of great change in Ireland and using a mobilities-led theoretical approach, I explored issues of belonging, identity and materiality for these returning migrants. Situated in a rural context, I was able to explore the unique place of rural Ireland and how it shapes identity and sense of belonging.



Current research interests

EU H2020 DESIRA: Digitisation: Economic and Social Impacts in Rural Areas

Small Smart Farms (UKRI Not-Equal): Designing and developing Smart Farming Technologies (SFTs) with small-scale farmers and crofters to access opportunities afforded by SFTs. 

2016-2022 Scottish Government RESAS: Understanding the response to Covid-19 - Exploring options for a resilient social and economic recovery in Scotland’s rural and island communities





Past research

EU H2020 AGRILINK: Agrcultural Knowledge: Linking farmers, advisors and researchers to boost innovation (2017-2021)

EU H2020 SALSA: Small farms, small food businesses and food security and nutrition (2016 -2020)

Transparency of Land Ownership in Scotland, International Comparisons for Scotland,  Scottish Government 2018


  • Wilson, R.; Noble, C.; Currie, M. (2022) A new idyll Harnessing newfound appetite for rural migration during Covid19, Trans-Atlantic Rural Research Network (TARRN), 23-25 May 2022, Newcastle University

Research on the Edge Blog Post: Rural representation and belonging: thoughts from Great Blasket Island by Christina Noble


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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.