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Nick Roxburgh

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Information and Computational Sciences
Information and Computational Sciences
Social Systems Simulation Modeller
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Nick Roxburgh joined the James Hutton Institute as a Social Systems Simulation Modeller in 2021. He specialises in developing agent-based models of social and socio-environmental systems, with a particular focus at present on agriculture, food value chains, global food trade, and rural economies.

Prior to his current post, he worked as an International Research Scientist at UFZ in Leipzig and as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Namur in Belgium. Preceding this, he earnt his PhD for a project that involved modelling the combinatory impact of stressors on remote mountain communities in Nepal. During his time as a PhD researcher, he was additionally involved in international collaborations examining the potential implications of urban water supply improvements in Kenya and exploring public responses to extreme weather events in Japan and the USA.

While much of his work now centres around the use of computational methods, he initially trained as a geographer with a more qualitative focus, obtaining an MA (Hons) from the University of St Andrews in 2010. Stemming from this, he takes a keen interest in how participatory research, quantitative ethnographic methods, and grounded theory can be utilised in the modelling process to unlock rich insights into individual human behaviour and societal processes.

In 2023 he received the Open Science Award from the International Land Use Study Centre for his work on using wikis as collaborative knowledge management tools in socio-environmental modelling studies. 


  • Roxburgh, N. (2023) Stressors, In: Haddad, B. & Solomon, B.D. (eds.). Dictionary of Ecological Economics. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, pp 512

  • McCormick, B.; Macdiarmid, J.; Roxburgh, N.; Polhill, G. (2023) Simulating agriculture a midrange theory of everything (ish), Interdisciplinary Open Sessions Day, 13 October 2023, University of Aberdeen
  • Roxburgh, N.; Polhill, G.; Gimona, A.; Hare, M.; Baggaley, N.; McCormick, B.; Macleod, K.; Rivington, M. (2023) Integrated socio-environmental modelling of policy scenarios, Conference poster.
  • McCormick, B.; Roxburgh, N.; Polhill, G. (2023) Aligning agricultural subsidies with the production of healthy and sustainable diets, Livestock, Environment and People (LEAP) Conference 2022, 25 January 2023, Oxford.
  • Roxburgh, N.; Polhill, G.; Ge, J. (2022) Recalibrating an agentbased model of global food and nutrition trade, iEMSs Biennial Meeting, 4-8 July 2022, Brussels.
  • Polhill, G.; Baggaley, N.; Castellazzi, M.; Gimona, A.; Hare, M.; Ibiyemi, A.; Lilly, A.; Loades, K.; Macdiarmid, J.; Macleod, K.; McCormick, B.; McKeen, M.; Rivington, M.; Roxburgh, N.; Salt, D.; Smith, B.; Udugbezi, E.; Wang, C.; Wilkins, B. (2022) Developing agile approaches to scientific modelling in policyrelevant contexts, iEMSs 2022, 3-8 July 2022, Brussels, Belgium.

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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.