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Mags Currie

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Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences
Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences
Health/Wellbeing Social Scientist
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK


Mags is a human geographer working in the health and wellbeing position in the Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences Group within the theme of society, institutions and governance. She joined the James Hutton Institute in January 2013.

Mags has a BSc in Environmental Geography and a MSc in Rural and Regional Resources Planning (University of Aberdeen). Between 2001 to 2004 she worked as a research assistant at the University of Aberdeen helping to develop a tool to appraise policies for their accessibility impacts in rural areas and also considering the ways that health services are adapted to suit rural and urban circumstances. For her PhD, she considered the ability of policies which provided support to bus services to promote accessibility in rural areas of Scotland.

Between September 2007 to December 2012, Mags was a Research Fellow at the Centre for Rural Health at the University of the Highlands and Islands working on a number of different projects relating to links between health and wellbeing and natural environments, rural health service provision and configuration (particularly the place of new professional roles), how rural communities are changing and responding to these changes and the use of e-health to develop future solutions for rural communities.

Current research interests

Mags is interested in how different types of spaces affect health and wellbeing of people, more specifically how being in a space can affect peoples – both positively and negatively – and the ways in which interventions (policy or otherwise) can impact this. In short, Mags views herself as a human geographer, used to working as part of an interdisciplinary team and working to exchange knowledge with policy makers, public bodies and the third sector.

Mags is interested in:

(1) Innovative ways that services can be delivered in rural areas (e.g. social innovation, eHealth, flexible bus services etc)

(2) How processes of engagement, empowerment and reslience occur and change over time in different rural spaces and places

(3) Understaning peoples' motivations and barriers for using natural environments and how interactions with these spaces might differ for different people.

PhD Supervision
Gillian Dowds (University of Aberdeen) - due to submit September 2016

Andrew Maclaren (University of Aberdeen) due to submit September 2018

Rachel Creaney (University of St Andrews) due to submit September 2020

Ongoing and recent projects

  • SIMRA - Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas (2016 - 2020) EU Horizon 2020
  • RELOCAL - Resituating the local in cohesion and territorial development (2016 - 2020) EU Horizon 2020.
  • Three projects through the Scottish Government's, RESAS Strategic Research Programme 2016-2021):
  • Local assets, local decisions and community resilience
  • Rural landscapes and community wellbeing
  • Place-based policy and its implications
  • Sustainable Rural Communities: Community Pilots (considering rural communities engagement around Private Water Supplies) (2015-2016) CREW - Centre for Expertise for Water.

Past research

  • Theme 8: Understanding the linkages and interdependencies between rural and urban areas (RESAS Strategic Research Programme 2011-2016)
  • WP8.3.1 Models and resource flows between rural and urban areas (RESAS Strategic Research Programme 2011-2016)
  • WP8.3.3 Understanding how urban and rural greenspace shapes wellbeing (RESAS Strategic Research Programme 2011-2016)
  • DICE – “Developing an Interdisciplinary Culture of Excellence” – James Hutton Institute Seedcorn funding
  • TOPS – Technologies to Support Older People at home: maximising personal and social interaction (through University of Aberdeen’s RCUK dot.rural research hub)
  • Evaluation of Community Nurse Consultant Role (QNIS)


  • Currie, M.; Philip, L. (2019) Rural ageing., In: Gu, D. & Dupre, M. (eds.). Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging. Springer International Publishing, Switzerland, 9pp.
  • Dowds, G.L.; Currie, M.; Philip, L.J.; Masthoff, J.F.M. (2018) A window to the outside world: digital technologies and new possibilities involving rural housebound older adults in local social activities., In: Curl, A. & Musslewhite, C. (eds.). Geographies of Transport and Ageing. Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan. Chapter 5, pp101-130.

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