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Claire Hardy

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Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences
Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences
Social Researcher and Project Facilitator
+44 (0)1224 395396

The James Hutton Institute
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK


Dr Claire Hardy is an interdisciplinary scientist specialising in social research, looking at learning and change and the use of virtual tools for stakeholder engagement. Her work focuses on developing virtual tools to enhance learning and stakeholder engagement. The tools consist of the Hutton DigiEnvironments, including the DigiForest, DigiFarm and DigiCroft, simulated platforms depicting generic environments hosting omni-direction videos of innovations. The technology is being explored to enhance scenario planning discussion, visualising models for woodland expansion projects. Additional tools that are being created and developed include virtual tours, using virtual reality technology of specific landscapes and environments, to allow virtual interactions and capture user feedback, further developing end user experience and stakeholder feedback.


  • Valentine, T.; Binnie, K.; Collie, M.; Hardy, C. (2023) Grieves House Tillage Trial – Transitioning to open science A virtual tour and data dashboard, Hutton Annual Research Symposium, 21 November 2023, Apex Hotel, Dundee
  • Flanigan, S.; Sutherland, L-A.; Hardy, C. (2019) Working together towards ‘good farming’: developing community, collaboration and ‘best’ practice through on-farm demonstration., Trans Atlantic Rural Researchers Network Meeting, Aberdeen, 3-5 April 2019.

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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.