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Rachel Creaney

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

The James Hutton Institute
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK



I am a qualitative social scientist who has recently completed a PhD within human geography and sustainable development. My PhD was ESRC funded and collaboratively supervised by University of St Andrews and James Hutton Institute. In it I explored older people's experiences of healthcare smart homes in rural areas of Scotland. I used a range of ethnographic methods to explore these experiences, including creation of a film and undertaking a networked approach to the research. Prior to this I have an MRes in Sustainable Development (University of St Andrews), an MSc in Sustainable Rural Development (University of Aberdeen, 2013) and a joint undergraduate degree (MA Hons) in Anthropology and International Relations (University of Aberdeen, 2011). I am an elected committee member of the Housing Studies Association and from 2019-2021 I was their early-career researcher communications assistant.

I am interested in using a range of qualitative and more creative methods (i.e., visual methods, autoethnography, creative writing) to explore issues related to housing, healthcare, ageing, digitalisation and farming.

You can find me on Twitter @RachelCreaney1

Current research interests

I am currently working on one Horizon 2020 European projects: MOVING. MOVING (2020-2023) explores mountain-related value chains across Europe to contribute to the resilience and sustainability of mountain areas to climate change. Specifically we will explore the Speyside whisky value chain. Within MOVING there is also a focus on youth engagement and food and drink tourism.

I am also working on three Scottish Government projects (2022-2027) exploring farm business use of social media platforms, innovative rural housing models within a larger project exploring rural communities and livelihoods, and a project exploring lesser-heard voices in stories around Scottish land use. Finally, I am co-leading an external project exploring the long term sustainable future of the Mourne Mountains in the North of Ireland.

Beyond these projects I am interested in research that can better understand and improve rural living such as relating to housing, healthcare, ageing, sustainable living and digitalisation.

Past research

Previously, from 2013 and 2016, I worked in SEGS as a research assistant on a range of projects related to rural and community development, farmer decision-making and farm sustainability. I was also heavily involved in organisation of the ESRS conference, 2015.


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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.