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Keith Matthews

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Information and Computational Sciences
Information and Computational Sciences
Senior Research Scientist
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK


Dr Matthews is a senior researcher with 19 years experience of working in and leading, inter-disciplinary research across social, natural and computational sciences (nine years postdoctoral). Domains of interest include sustainable land use systems (at business, catchment, regional and national scales), climate change (risk, adaptation and mitigation) and the effectiveness of policy interventions. Expertise in the development of decision support systems is now being applied in developing processes of science-stakeholder and science-policy engagement.

He is leading the team currently undertaking scenario analysis of option for reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) Single Farm Payment in collaboration with Rural and Environment Science and Analytical Services Division. He has also undertaken strategic, applied and policy led research for Scottish Government, Defra, Rural Economy and Land Use (RELU) and the European Union.

He is a reviewer for several journals, the European Science Foundation and Leverhulme Trust. He has been a member of the International Environmental Modelling and Software Society and Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand since 2002.

Current research interests

  • 2010: IACS-GHGs - pilot project to determine the suitability of IACS data to provide land use change data for annual greenhouse gas estimates. RERAD with Aberdeen University and Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.
  • 2010: CAP-Flattening - Modelling scenarios for CAP pillar 1 area payments using Macaulay LCA (and Less Favoured Area Designations) - RERAD - analysis of area based payment options in support of the Pack Inquiry.
  • 2009: Model Ecosystem Framework - RESAS - scoping the use of ecosystem services approaches to the sustainable management of rural land use systems.
  • 2009: Rural Land use Studies 1 and 2 - RESAS - spatial analysis of biophysical and socio-economic datasets to support baseline, trend and scenario analyses.
  • 2008 - Present: Aquarius: Farmers as Water Managers - Interreg IVb North Sea Region - Coordinator for the Institute - action research on river flow management under climate change - case study of natural flow management.
  • 2007-present: SMILE - EU FP7 SSH - Synergies in Multi-scale Inter-Linkages of Eco-social systems - developing cross-scale social-metabolism analyses using the Cairngorms National part as the case study.
  • 2006-present: Coordinator for Institute in the Sustainable Farming Systems work package of the RESAS research programme Environment and Rural Stewardship - leading on ecosystem based sustainability assessment, resilience of land use systems and adaptation to climate change.
  • 2006-present: AGRIGRID: Methodological grids for payment calculations in rural development measures in the EU FP6 Specific Targeted Research Action - multi-scale analysis options for organic conversions and support payment.
  • 2007: C4LU - communicating climate change consequences for land use - SG Science Communication Fund project using case-studies with rural stakeholders to stimulate deliberation on adaptive responses to climate change.
  • 2007: SAF-JAC: Scottish Government research study to assess to what extent data from the Single application Form could be used to meet the statistical requirements of the June Agricultural Census: creation of spatiotemporal land use maps at field scale for Scotland.
  • 2004-2006: Policy relevant assessments of farm-scale sustainability, principal investigator for a RELU scoping study with colleagues from Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.
  • 1997-2006: Development of strategic farm-scale decision support systems for multi-objective land use planning - this included both the development of computer-based simulation models and their use in deliberative inclusive processes, for example: on trade-offs in land use planning, options for Common Agricultural Policy reforms and the key research questions for stakeholders posed by climate change.
  • 2001-2005: Development of the multi-crop simulation model CropSyst - collaboration with Washington State University, Department of Biological Systems Engineering.
  • 2003-2005: Case study analysis of the impacts of climate change for mixed farming in Scotland and Italy with the Institute for Industrial Cropping in Bologna.
  • 1995-2005: Decision-support systems for assessing land use options at the farm level.
  • 1995-2002: Development of low cost remote sensing method to enhance field survey.
  • 1991-1993: Evaluation of the regional impacts of climate change on agriculture.

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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.