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Emily Hastings

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

The James Hutton Institute
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK


Emily Hastings is a researcher working in the Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences research group at the James Hutton Institute, which seeks to address major contemporary social and economic research challenges, such as natural resource governance, ecosystem services valuation, sustainable behaviours, rural community vibrancy, and wellbeing and socio-economic transitions in rural economies. Emily has a background in marine and coastal resource management and previously worked as Project Officer in a local coastal partnership.

Current research interests

Emily interests focus around marine policy and governance, development of environmental policy instruments such as marine planning, market approaches, and policy implementation across integrated scales and the complexities that face communities, institutions and social systems subject to change in marine social ecological systems.

Emily also works in knowledge exchange, improving the science policy dialogue, specifically through a key role in the Centre of Expertise in Waters as well as interests in the role of social media and emerging interactive technologies in engaging stakeholders in resource management, citizen science and the development of the ecosystem approach and its practical application in Scotland. Initially this was developed through the production of a handbook for implementing the ecosystem approach in Scotland (Aspinall, et al 2010 and Gimona, et al 2010) and more recently via the Scottish Government funded work package on the challenges of using this approach in research and management.

Emily's recent projects and contracts:

  • JNCC funded contract: An analysis of methodologies for defining ecosystem services in the marine environment, in collaboration with the Scottish Association for Marine Science and the University of Hull.
  • CREW funded contract: Supporting marine spatial planning with local socio-economic data, in collaboration with the Scottish Association for Marine Science.
  • Member of the management team for the Scottish Centre of Expertise for Waters (CREW) which ensures that water research and expertise is available and accessible to the Scottish Government and its agencies, in a timely and effective manner.
  • Member of the Coastal Biodiveristy Ecosystem Service Sustainability (CBESS) project. A large scale consortium seeking to understand the landscape-scale links between the functions that natural systems provide and the organisms that help provide these services.
  • Research on ecosystems services (particularly cultural services), and the Ecosystem Approach, funded by the Scottish Government.  Some background information about the overall research programme is available and more information will be available in 2012.
  • Member of the ESPPI:CREW project, which aims to monitor and evaluate science-policy and practice links for the Scottish Centre of Expertise in Waters, launched in 2011.
  • Coastal Zone Ecosystem Services: From science to values and decision making; a Valuing Nature Network (VNN) funded project.
  • Marine litter-Issues, Impacts and Actions; a Scottish Government Funded Project
  • Marine Environmental Impact Assesment: funded by WA Fairhurst
  • Outlook of trends and scenarios for the social, economic, and environmental services of the South China Sea; A World Bank funded project


  • Saunders, J.; Atkins, J.; Burdon, D.; Hastings, E.; Jackson, E.; Langmead, O.; Potts, T. (2014) Integrating ecosystem services into the design of Marine Protected Area networks - a comparison of the UK and international processes and lessons learned. A comparison of the UK and international processes and lessons learned, Marine and Coastal Policy Forum, Plymouth, 18-20 June 2014. Oral presentation and abstract.
  • Waylen, K.A.; Hastings, E.; Banks, E.; Holstead, K.L.; Irvine, R.J.; Blackstock, K.L. (2014) The need to disentangle key concepts from Ecosystem Approach jargon., Conservation Biology, 28, 1215-1224.

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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.