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Tony Craig

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Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences
Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences
Head of Department
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK


Tony Craig is the Head of the Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences department. He carries out research in the topic area of people-environment studies.

Current research interests

Tony has a background in environmental psychology (MSc Surrey, 1998, PhD RGU, 2006), and has previously worked on a large number of research projects looking at people's attitudes to various issues, including sustainable wastewater management, prefabricated housing, sustainable housing, and public participation in urban design. Before working at the institute, Tony previously worked as a researcher in the school of architecture at the Robert Gordon University. His PhD (2006) was concerned with the relationship between sustainable design, environmental preferences, and environmentally friendly behaviour. During his previous job, Tony was a co-investigator on the ESRC funded Understanding Future Environments project, which used 3D computer representations of urban environments to compare the relative benefits of giving people the ability to actively navigate virtual environments (using computer games software), compared to passively observing VR presentations. He also carried out research looking at the concept of environmental familiarity, and the effect of familiarity on environmental preferences.

Between 2002 and 2006, he was on the board of the International Association of People Environment Studies (IAPS). He was voted back onto the board in 2012, and again in 2016. Tony was the treasurer of IAPS during the time that it was a UK registered charity.  He has also been the person responsible for the IAPS website, and is now the organisation secretary.

Between 2011 and 2015, Tony led a large study of energy consumption involving several hundred households in partnership with Aberdeenshire Council and Aberdeen City Council. This study (The 'North East Scotland Energy Monitoring Project') explored how effective  energy feedback (in the form of an in-home display) was in facilitating energy-reduction in households. The study involved a combined analysis of survey data with electricity-consumption data.. The large amount of data produced from this project is currently being prepare for archival in the UK data archive. A recent SEGS blog post by Tony explored some interesting insights that can be gleaned from such data in relation to waking times.

Tony has previously supervised 5 PhD students through to completion: Sander van der JagtCarlos Galan Diaz, and Leanne Townsend and Stephanie Graf. He is currently supervising 2 PhD students: Megan Watson and Lucy Sam. He also holds an honarary lecturer position at the Department of Psychology at the University of Aberdeen.

Tony is currently leading the James Hutton Institute's contribution to RD3.2.4 (Food Culture and Dietary Choice) within the RESAS 2016-2021 main research programme.  This is an interdisciplinary research programme using a systems approach to model influences on dietary choice, including comlex interacting individual and societal pressures, habits and cultures.  This work will involve the construction of an agent-based model (ABM) of food culture in relation to dietary choices.

Tony has previously worked on EU projects looking at energy behaviours (GILDED), and pro-environmental behaviours at work (LOCAW), and is currently working on a project examining sustainable lifestyles (GLAMURS).

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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.