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Stanislav Martinat

Staff picture: Stanislav Martinat
Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences
Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences
Social Scientist in Sustainable Land Management
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK


Stanislav is a researcher in geography in the Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences Department (the Environmental Governance and Land Management Group). He has an educational background in human geography and an experience in interdisciplinary research. In his PhD thesis (2015) he studied how farmers, farms and rural areas are adapting to the ongoing energy transition. His previous positions involve Cardiff University (School of Geography and Planning), Aston University (Energy and Bioproduct Research Institute), and Arizona State University (School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning). He was awarded by Fulbiright Fellowship (2016-2017) and MSCA Cofund Fellowship  (2018-2020). Stanislav is interested in social and spatial consequences of planning and operation of sustainable bioenergy systems and especially in the links with the recent changes in agriculture both in Scotland, Wales, Central Europe and around the world. He is also keen on learning more about the low-carbon re-use options for abandoned farms and rural wastelands. 

Current research interests

Stanislav was a member of the project team contributing to the Scottish Government’s Strategic Research Programme (2016 – 2021), funded by the Rural and Environment Science and Analytical Services (RESAS) Division. He also contributes to the Scottish Government’s Strategic Research Programme (2022 – 2027) where he specialises in farmer intentions, on-farm renewable energy, natural capital and land use change.

Stanislav was lucky publish his research on sustainable brownfield regeneration, sustainable bioenergy systems, urban renewal and socio-spatial differentiation of post-industrial cities. He is very much interested in regional and local development possibilities for left behind places, especially in the Czech Republic and widelly in Central Europe, where he is originally from. More about my current research can be found here Standa Martinat (



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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.