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Naomi Beingessner

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Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences
Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences
Social Researcher in Transformative Land Management
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK


Naomi Beingessner is a social researcher in the Social Economic and Geographical Sciences Department (SEGS) and a member of the 'Land and People' Group. Naomi has a BEd and an MA in Justice Studies, both from the University of Regina, Canada, and a PhD in Environment and Geography from the University of Manitoba, Canada. Her dissertation, "Changing relations of agricultural land tenure and access in the Canadian Prairies", advances the understanding of the social construction of property and contestation over the meaning and consequences of private property in land, particularly as it relates to sustainable land management and the public good.

Current research interests

My research focuses on socio-economic impacts of land use and ownership change on rural peoples. My interests include property theory, food systems, multi-stakeholder decision making, and environmental land management. I have substantial experience with qualitative data collection and analysis, community research and engaged scholarship through my PhD and MA research and a three-year position managing a social science and humanities-based community research institute in a Canadian university.

Ongoing and recent projects


  • Beingessner, N.; Sutherland, L.; Creaney, R.; Juarez Bourke, A.; Thompson, C. (2023) Scottish Stakeholder Visions of Rural Land Use in a ‘Just Transition’, RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, 29 August - 1 September 2023, London, UK

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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.