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Richard Hewitt

Staff picture: Richard Hewitt
Information and Computational Sciences
Information and Computational Sciences
Honorary Associate
Richard.Hewitt@hutton.ac.uk
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)
 

Richard Hewitt is an applied researcher in land use science and environmental sustainability. He has a strong interest in participatory planning and the role of communities in land and resources governance. For his PhD thesis (University of Alcalá , 2014) he focussed on participatory land-use modelling in a natural protected area in southern Spain. Before coming to the James Hutton Institute, he led a team of researchers investigating the implementation of renewable energy in Spain under the EU FP7 project “Knowledge-based climate mitigation for a low-carbon economy” (COMPLEX). 

 

Current research interests

His current research lies in two principal directions; 1) the Clean Energy Transition, particularly the role of different actors in putting the goals of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement into practice; 2) managing environmental change through participatory mapping and modelling approaches.

His work is largely integrative and collaborative in nature, and he welcomes collaboration in any of his key areas of interest.  He is also keen to host visiting researchers and to undertake student supervision.

Past research

Hewitt, R. J., & Macleod, C. J. K. (2017). What Do Users Really Need? Participatory Development of Decision Support Tools for Environmental Management Based on Outcomes. Environments, 4(4), 88.

Hewitt, R.J., Hernandez-Jimenez, V., Zazo-Moratalla, A, Ocón-Martín, B., Román-Bermejo, L., Encinas-Escribano, M. (2017). Participatory Modelling for Resilient Futures: Action for Managing Our Environment from the Bottom-Up. Developments in Environmental Modelling, Volume 30, 1st Edition. Elsevier.

Hewitt, R. J., Winder, N. P., Jiménez, V. H., Alonso, P. M., & Bermejo, L. R. (2017). Innovation, pathways and barriers in Spain and beyond: an integrative research approach to the clean energy transition in Europe. Energy Research & Social Science, 34, 260-271.

Alonso, P. M., Hewitt, R., Pacheco, J. D., Bermejo, L. R., Jiménez, V. H., Guillén, J. V., ... & de Boer, C. (2016). Losing the roadmap: Renewable energy paralysis in Spain and its implications for the EU low carbon economy. Renewable energy, 89, 680-694.

Hasselmann, K., Cremades, R., Filatova, T., Hewitt, R., Jaeger, C., Kovalevsky, D., ... & Winder, N. (2015). Free-riders to forerunners. Nature Geoscience, 8(12), 895.

Bibliography

  • Vercher, N.; Barlagne, C.; Hewitt, R.; Nijnik, M.; Esparcia, J. (In press) Whose narrative is it anyway? Narratives of social innovation in rural areas - a comparative analysis of community-led initiatives in Scotland and Spain, Sociologia Ruralis.
  • Hewitt, R.J.; Pera, F.A.; Garcia-Martin, M.; Gaudry-Sada, K.H.; Hernandez-Jimenez, V.; Bieling, C. (2020) Mapping adolescents' sense of place and perceptions of change in an urban-rural transition., Environmental Management, 65, 334-354.
  • Otto, I.M.; Donges, J.F.; Cremades, R.; Bhowmik, A.; Hewitt, R.J.; Lucht, W.; Rockstrom, J.; Allerberger, F.; McCaffrey, M.; Doe, S.S.P.; Lenferna, A.; Moran, N.; van Vuuren, D.P.; Schellnhuber, H.J. (2020) Social tipping dynamics for stabilizing Earth's climate by 2050., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 117, 2354-2365.
  • Roodposhti, M.S.; Hewitt, R.J.; Bryan, B.A. (2020) Towards automatic calibration of neighbourhood influence in cellular automata land-use models., Computers Environment and Urban Systems, 79, Article No. 101416.
  • Soloviy, I.; Melnykovych, M.; Gurung, A.B.; Hewitt, R.J.; Ustych, R.; Maksymiv, L.; Brang, P.; Meessen, H.; Kaflyk, M. (2019) Innovation in the use of wood energy in the Ukrainian Carpathians: Opportunities and threats for rural communities., Forest Policy and Economics, 104, 160-169.
  • Hewitt, R.J.; Bradley, N.; Baggio Compagnucci, A.; Barlagne, C.; Ceglarz, A.; Cremades, R.; McKeen, M.; Otto, I.M.; Slee, B. (2019) Social innovation in community energy in Europe: a review of the evidence., Frontiers in Energy Research: Energy Systems and Policy, 7, Article No. 31.
  • Barlagne, C.; Melnykovych, M.; Hewitt, R.; Kerschbaum, D.; Miller, D.R.; Nijnik, M. (2019) Analytical case studies (Type A case study) Lochcarron Community Development Company - Strathcarron, Scotland, UK., Internal Project Report 5.4j - Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas (SIMRA), 59pp.
  • Secco, L.; Pisani, E.; Da Re, R.; Vicentini, K.; Rogelja, T.; Burlando, C.; Ludvig, A.; Weiss, G.; Zivojinovic, I.; Górriz-Mifsud, E.; Govigli, V.M.; Martínez de Arano, I.; Melnykovych, M.; Tuomasiukka, D.; Den Herde, M.; Lovric, M.; Ravazzoli, E.; Dalla Torre, C.; Streifeneder, T.; Vassilopoulus, A.; Akinsete, E.; Koundouri, P.; Lopolito, A.; Prosperi, M.; Baselice, A.; Polman, N.; Dijkshoorn, M.; Nijnik, M.; Miller, D.R.; Barlagne, C.; Hewitt, R.; Prokofieva, I.; Kuvlankova-Oravska, T.; Spacek, M.; Brnkalakova, S.; Gezik, V. (2019) Manual on innovative methods to assess social innovation and its impacts (D4.3)., Report to European Commission for Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas Project (SIMRA), Deliverable D4.3. pp176. In addition, Technical Annex and Spreadsheet Calculator.
  • Govigli, V.M.; Melnykovych, M.; Górriz-Mifsud, E.; Dalla Torre, C.; Ravazzoli, E.; Da Re, R.; Pisani, E.; Secco, L.; Vincentini, K.; Ludvig, A.; Weiss, G.; Zivojinovic, I.; Kluvánková, T.; Spacek, M.; Akinsete, E.; Barlagne, C.; Baselice, A.; Bengoumi, M.; Dijkshoorn-Dekker, M.; Egartner, S.; Gibson, H.; Gramm, V.; Herrmann, P., Hewitt, R.; Kozova, M.; Labidi, A.; Lolini M.; Lopolito, A.; Miller, D.R.; Niedermayr, J.; Nijnik M.; Perlik, M.; Polman, N.; Prokofieva, I.; Prosperi, M.; Fernández-Blanco, C.R.; Sarkki S.; Vassilopoulos A.; Wagner K. (2019) Deliverable D5.3. Report on social innovation assessment in each selected case study., H2020 SIMRA Project, Deliverable D5.3, Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas Project (SIMRA), Report to the European Commission, pp38.
  • Msika, J.; Barlagne, C.; Hewitt, R.; Nijnik, M. (2018) Social innovation in rural areas in Scotland., Workshop Report, Social Innovation in Rural Areas in Scotland, James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen, 31 May 2018, 13pp.
  • Hewitt, R.J.; Macleod, C.J.A.; Baggio Compagnucci, A.; Castellazzi, M.; Miller, D.G.; Gimona, A. (2018) Maps of land use data and ecosystem services for catchment level case studies in Scotland: examples applied to the National Parks and Aberdeenshire River Dee., Report to RESAS, 1.4.3 Objective D Deliverable D3.
  • Macleod, C.J.A.; Hewitt, R. (2018) Technical report D7: Overview of web mapping technologies and vector tile data for an outcome-based web application., Technical Report for RESAS deliverable, The James Hutton Institute, 20pp.
  • Macleod, C.J.A.; Hewitt, R. (2018) Technical report: progress with developing an outcome-based web application., RESAS Technical Report 1.2.4.3 (D3.6), 18pp.
  • Gimona, A.; Baggio Compagnucci, A.; Hewitt, R.; Castellazzi, M.; Poggio, L. (2018) Simulating the effect of linear features on nutrient and sediment export at the catchment scale., Report.
  • Díaz-Pacheco, J.; van Delden, H.; Hewitt, R. (2018) The importance of scale in land use models: experiments in data conversion, data resampling, resolution and neighborhood extent., In: Camacho Olmedo, C., Paegelow, M., Mas, J.F. & Escobar, F. (eds.). Geomatic Approaches for Modeling Land Change Scenarios. (Lecture Notes in Geoinformation an Cartography). Springer International Publishing, Cham, Switzerland, Chapter 32, pp475-480.
  • Hewitt, R. (2018) A short presentation of the actor, policy, and land use simulator (APoLUS)., In: Camacho Olmedo, C., Paegelow, M., Mas, J.F. & Escobar, F. (eds.). Geomatic Approaches for Modeling Land Change Scenarios. (Lecture Notes in Geoinformation an Cartography). Springer International Publishing, Cham, Switzerland, Chapter 32, pp475-480.
  • Escobar, F.; van Delden, H.; Hewitt, R. (2018) LUCC scenarios., In: Camacho Olmedo, C., Paegelow, M., Mas, J.F. & Escobar, F. (eds.). Geomatic Approaches for Modeling Land Change Scenarios. (Lecture Notes in Geoinformation an Cartography). Springer International Publishing, Cham, Switzerland, Chapter 5, pp81-97.
  • Hewitt, R.J.; Hernández Jiménez, V.H.; Bermejo, L.R.; Escobar, F. (2018) Who knows best? The role of stakeholder knowledge in land use models - an example from Doñana, SW Spain., In: Camacho Olmedo, C., Paegelow, M., Mas, J.F. & Escobar, F. (eds.). Geomatic Approaches for Modeling Land Change Scenarios. (Lecture Notes in Geoinformation an Cartography). Springer International Publishing, Cham, Switzerland, Chapter,11, pp215-239.
  • Kovalevsky, D.V.; Hewitt, R.; Boer, C.D.; Hasselmann, K. (2017) A dynamic systems approach to the representation of policy implementation processes in a multi-actor world., Discontinuity, Nonlinearity, and Complexity, 6, 219-245.
  • Hewitt, R.J.; Winder, N.P.; Jimenez, V.H.; Alonso, P.M.; Bermejo, L.R. (2017) Innovation, pathways and barriers in Spain and beyond: An integrative research approach to the clean energy transition in Europe., Energy Research and Social Science, 34, 260-271.
  • Hewitt, R.; Diaz-Pacheco, J. (2017) Stable models for metastable systems? Lessons from sensitivity analysis of a Cellular Automata urban land use model., Computers Environment and Urban Systems, 62, 113-124.
  • Hewitt, R.J.; Macleod , C.J.A. (2017) What do users really need? Participatory development of decision support tools for environmental management based on outcomes., Environments, 4, Article No. 88.
  • Matthews, K.B.; Miller, D.G.; Wardell-Johnson, D.; Hewitt, R.; Pakeman, R.J. (2017) Reply to Greening query from RESAS., Confidential report to RESAS, 4pp.
  • Macleod, C.J.A.; Hewitt, R. (2017) Summary of research on developing a more integrated approach to land and water management using incentives and regulations for the delivery of multiple benefits: exploring national and regional level stakeholder views and needs., RESAS Research Deliverable.
  • Hewitt, R.J.; Hernandez-Jimenez, V.; Moratalla, A.Z.; Ocon-Martin, B.; Roman-Bermejo, L.P.; Encinas-Escribano, M.A. (eds.) (2017) Participatory modelling for resilient futures: action for managing our environment from the bottom up., Developments in Environmental Modelling, Volume 30. Elsevier, Amsterdam, 236pp.

  • Díaz-Pacheco, J.; van Delden, H.; Hewitt, R. (2018) The importance of scale in land use models: experiments in data conversion, data resampling, resolution and neighborhood extent., In: Camacho Olmedo, C., Paegelow, M., Mas, J.F. & Escobar, F. (eds.). Geomatic Approaches for Modeling Land Change Scenarios. (Lecture Notes in Geoinformation an Cartography). Springer International Publishing, Cham, Switzerland, Chapter 32, pp475-480.
  • Hewitt, R. (2018) A short presentation of the actor, policy, and land use simulator (APoLUS)., In: Camacho Olmedo, C., Paegelow, M., Mas, J.F. & Escobar, F. (eds.). Geomatic Approaches for Modeling Land Change Scenarios. (Lecture Notes in Geoinformation an Cartography). Springer International Publishing, Cham, Switzerland, Chapter 32, pp475-480.
  • Escobar, F.; van Delden, H.; Hewitt, R. (2018) LUCC scenarios., In: Camacho Olmedo, C., Paegelow, M., Mas, J.F. & Escobar, F. (eds.). Geomatic Approaches for Modeling Land Change Scenarios. (Lecture Notes in Geoinformation an Cartography). Springer International Publishing, Cham, Switzerland, Chapter 5, pp81-97.
  • Hewitt, R.J.; Hernández Jiménez, V.H.; Bermejo, L.R.; Escobar, F. (2018) Who knows best? The role of stakeholder knowledge in land use models - an example from Doñana, SW Spain., In: Camacho Olmedo, C., Paegelow, M., Mas, J.F. & Escobar, F. (eds.). Geomatic Approaches for Modeling Land Change Scenarios. (Lecture Notes in Geoinformation an Cartography). Springer International Publishing, Cham, Switzerland, Chapter,11, pp215-239.
  • Hewitt, R.J.; Hernandez-Jimenez, V.; Moratalla, A.Z.; Ocon-Martin, B.; Roman-Bermejo, L.P.; Encinas-Escribano, M.A. (eds.) (2017) Participatory modelling for resilient futures: action for managing our environment from the bottom up., Developments in Environmental Modelling, Volume 30. Elsevier, Amsterdam, 236pp.

  • Barlagne, C.; Melnykovych, M.; Hewitt, R.; Kerschbaum, D.; Miller, D.R.; Nijnik, M. (2019) Analytical case studies (Type A case study) Lochcarron Community Development Company - Strathcarron, Scotland, UK., Internal Project Report 5.4j - Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas (SIMRA), 59pp.
  • Secco, L.; Pisani, E.; Da Re, R.; Vicentini, K.; Rogelja, T.; Burlando, C.; Ludvig, A.; Weiss, G.; Zivojinovic, I.; Górriz-Mifsud, E.; Govigli, V.M.; Martínez de Arano, I.; Melnykovych, M.; Tuomasiukka, D.; Den Herde, M.; Lovric, M.; Ravazzoli, E.; Dalla Torre, C.; Streifeneder, T.; Vassilopoulus, A.; Akinsete, E.; Koundouri, P.; Lopolito, A.; Prosperi, M.; Baselice, A.; Polman, N.; Dijkshoorn, M.; Nijnik, M.; Miller, D.R.; Barlagne, C.; Hewitt, R.; Prokofieva, I.; Kuvlankova-Oravska, T.; Spacek, M.; Brnkalakova, S.; Gezik, V. (2019) Manual on innovative methods to assess social innovation and its impacts (D4.3)., Report to European Commission for Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas Project (SIMRA), Deliverable D4.3. pp176. In addition, Technical Annex and Spreadsheet Calculator.
  • Govigli, V.M.; Melnykovych, M.; Górriz-Mifsud, E.; Dalla Torre, C.; Ravazzoli, E.; Da Re, R.; Pisani, E.; Secco, L.; Vincentini, K.; Ludvig, A.; Weiss, G.; Zivojinovic, I.; Kluvánková, T.; Spacek, M.; Akinsete, E.; Barlagne, C.; Baselice, A.; Bengoumi, M.; Dijkshoorn-Dekker, M.; Egartner, S.; Gibson, H.; Gramm, V.; Herrmann, P., Hewitt, R.; Kozova, M.; Labidi, A.; Lolini M.; Lopolito, A.; Miller, D.R.; Niedermayr, J.; Nijnik M.; Perlik, M.; Polman, N.; Prokofieva, I.; Prosperi, M.; Fernández-Blanco, C.R.; Sarkki S.; Vassilopoulos A.; Wagner K. (2019) Deliverable D5.3. Report on social innovation assessment in each selected case study., H2020 SIMRA Project, Deliverable D5.3, Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas Project (SIMRA), Report to the European Commission, pp38.
  • Msika, J.; Barlagne, C.; Hewitt, R.; Nijnik, M. (2018) Social innovation in rural areas in Scotland., Workshop Report, Social Innovation in Rural Areas in Scotland, James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen, 31 May 2018, 13pp.
  • Hewitt, R.J.; Macleod, C.J.A.; Baggio Compagnucci, A.; Castellazzi, M.; Miller, D.G.; Gimona, A. (2018) Maps of land use data and ecosystem services for catchment level case studies in Scotland: examples applied to the National Parks and Aberdeenshire River Dee., Report to RESAS, 1.4.3 Objective D Deliverable D3.
  • Macleod, C.J.A.; Hewitt, R. (2018) Technical report D7: Overview of web mapping technologies and vector tile data for an outcome-based web application., Technical Report for RESAS deliverable, The James Hutton Institute, 20pp.
  • Macleod, C.J.A.; Hewitt, R. (2018) Technical report: progress with developing an outcome-based web application., RESAS Technical Report 1.2.4.3 (D3.6), 18pp.
  • Gimona, A.; Baggio Compagnucci, A.; Hewitt, R.; Castellazzi, M.; Poggio, L. (2018) Simulating the effect of linear features on nutrient and sediment export at the catchment scale., Report.
  • Matthews, K.B.; Miller, D.G.; Wardell-Johnson, D.; Hewitt, R.; Pakeman, R.J. (2017) Reply to Greening query from RESAS., Confidential report to RESAS, 4pp.
  • Macleod, C.J.A.; Hewitt, R. (2017) Summary of research on developing a more integrated approach to land and water management using incentives and regulations for the delivery of multiple benefits: exploring national and regional level stakeholder views and needs., RESAS Research Deliverable.

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