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Margaret McKeen

Staff picture: Margaret McKeen
Information and Computational Sciences
Information and Computational Sciences
Research Assistant
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK


Margaret McKeen has an MSc in Environmental Protection & Management from Edinburgh University. She has developed her skills and experience in GIS applications over more than 24 years spatial manipulating and analysing data, (22 years of which within the institute), mainly with ESRI GIS software, particularly using ModelBuilder and latterly scripting, using Python and R. She also has 15 years experience in working on renewable energy projects using various software, mainly within ESRI GIS software and Windfarm software, to run visibility analysis for proposed renewable projects and produces high quality graphics, mainly for wind power and contributing to environmental statements for windfarm planning submissions and consultations by SNH on visualisation techniques in wind farm development. Margaret has also more recently become involved in applying GIS to forensic cases in the UK and abroad. She has experience of working with, and negotiating with commercial clients, unitary authorities, academic and government agency and Scottish Government clients. Margaret works with colleagues applying GIS techniques across all of areas research across the institute and occasionally tutoring colleagues who request help with GIS and occasionally advising on licensing and copyright issues. Margaret enjoys the Knowledge Exchange, (KE) side of her work having produced everything from photomontages for planning application, to coordinating and collating materials for conferences and exhibitions, (e.g. All Energy) to producing materials such as colour by soil character maps for public open days and school visits.

Current research interests

Within the environment of the Institute she frequently handles, manipulates and analyses national datasets, such as MLURI archive soils data and Land Cover of Scotland datasets and OS datasets such as MasterMapTM across a range of research themes. She provides GIS support for colleagues from all areas of the research programs, for both internal and external projects. Margaret is also active in supporting GIS applications used on the institute farms, mainly Glensaugh Farm, and providing maps and data for renewable energy projects on the institute sites.

At present Margaret provides GIS support to three of the work packages from 2016 - 2021 Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment (RAFE) Strategic Research Programme:

She is also provides GIS support and analysis for Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas (SIMRA), European Union H2020 and provides GIS and analysis for forensic projects throughout the UK and Europe, providing collation of data and building GIS applications to allow mapping of the data collated.

Past research

Margaret for many years acted as publications and data licensing officer gaining experience in communicating and negotiating with external clients and an understanding of copyright and licensing issues, frequently advising colleagues and clients, and collaborating with the Institute data manager on such issues.

She has also contributed to research which has fed into visualisation for planning guidelines for windfarm development for The Highland Council and contributed to the SNH consultations regarding the revision of their LVIA guidelines. She has worked with Scotland's Centre of Expertise for Waters (CREW) on a project to build a Scottish Digital River Network from existing local authority and Scottish Water culvert data and OS MasterMapTM Water features and to feed into subsequent OS MasterMap Water Network LayerTM releases. She has also worked with ClimateXChange (CXC) on projects looking at influences on the effects of climate change, such as the increase in impermeable surfaces across Scotland and has worked on various projects and contracts for Scottish Government over the years over and above the work included in the Rural Affairs, Food and Environment Strategic Research Programme.

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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.