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Daniel Fisher

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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


Daniel Fisher is a social scientist in People-Environment studies working at the Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences group (SEGS).

He has a background in geography and migration studies. Prior to joining the James Hutton Institute, Daniel completed his PhD at the University of Edinburgh and worked as a postdoctoral research associate on the ASYFAIR project at the University of Exeter – lead by Prof. Nick Gill. He also holds a degree in geography (University of Cambridge) and a masters in ecological economics (University of Edinburgh).

Daniel's research skills and interests include: migration and asylum, social justice and power, green infrastructure, ecosystem services, innovative research methods.

Current research interests

GRETA (GReen infrastructure: Enhancing biodiversity and ecosysTem services for territoriAl development):
Green Infrastructures (GI) are considered a benefit, inter alia, for territorial development because they provide multiple functions on the same spatial area. The underlying principle of GI is that the same area of land can offer many environmental, social, cultural and economic benefits at the same time, provided its ecosystems are in a healthy condition.The GRETA project seeks to answer questions concerning the extent to which European regions and cities fare in offering access to GI and ecosystem services, the ways in which GI be further integrated in spatial planning and territorial development, how European regions and cities look at the concept of GI and ecosystem services, and the degree to which GI is rewarding from an economic point of view.

Past research

ASYFAIR: The ASYFAIR project is focused on the process of asylum appeals in the European Union and aims to generate insights in order to allow asylum seekers to take a full and active part in proceedigns. Daniel's role on the project was to analyse the ethnographic research data is being produced across our various fieldwork sites, conduct fieldwork in Belgium and publish academic articles.


  • Matthews, K..B.; Blackstock, K.L.; Waylen, K.A.; Juarez-Bourke, A.; Miller, D.G.; Wardell-Johnson, D.H.; Rivington, M.; Hague, A.; Fisher, D.; Renner, A.; Cadillo-Benalcazar, J.; Schyns, J.; Giampietro, M. (2020) Report on EU sustainability goals: insights from quantitative story telling and WEFE nexus., MAGIC (H2020-GA 689669) Project Deliverable 5.1, 31 July 2020, 136pp.
  • Conniff, A.; Fisher, D.; Herrett, S.; Irvine, K.N. (2019) Favourite places in and around Girvan, Scotland., Report from a Public Mapping Activity: Favourite Places In and Around Girvan, Scotland. Girvan, Scotland, 25-26 October 2019.
  • Currie, M.; Fisher, D. (2019) Evaluation of Scottish rural action., Report for the Scottish Government, 21pp.

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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.