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Michael Ferguson

Staff picture: Michael Ferguson
Ecological Sciences
Ecological Sciences
Renewables Researcher
+44 (0)1224 395302

The James Hutton Institute
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK


Michael graduated from MA Environmental Geography (Hons) from the University of Aberdeen in July 2013. He previously worked at the Environmental Research Institute in Thurso in 2012, investigating the relationship between wind speed and rainfall in Scotland to explore its effect on wind and hydro power reliability and their integration into the Scottish electricity system, particularly in light of the 2020 renewable targets.

Michael joined the James Hutton Institute to work on a large (ongoing) study of energy consumption involving 1200 households, in partnership with Aberdeenshire Council and Aberdeen City Council. This study, the 'North East Scotland Energy Monitoring Project' is looking at the how effective various forms of energy feedback are in facilitating energy-reduction in households.

He is currently a research assistant working with the Hydropower Resources Research Team.

Current research interests

Michael’s current work is supporting the following projects within the hydropower work package.

  • To establish full understanding of Scotland’s installed hydropower resource and related considerations.
  • To determine the environmental impacts of Hydro-Electric Power (HEP) impoundment schemes.
  • To establish areas potentially sensitive to future HEP developments.
  • To establish the resilience of Scotland’s hydro resource to future water availability.
  • To investigate small scale run-of-river HEP schemes: governance, regulation and economics.

Past research

Michael has broad interests in mostly environmental but also some human/social lines of research. Specifically in the fields of: renewable energy, marine/coastal issues, sustainability and conservation, hydrology and ecology, agriculture, socio-demographic and socio-economic change and certain aspects of climate change.


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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.