University of Aberdeen, Senior Lecturer and Programme Director for Master of Land Economy (2017-)
James Hutton Institute (formerly Macaulay Land Use Research Institute), Senior Social Scientist in Landscape Governance (2009-2018) and interim Head of Social Economic and Geographical Sciences (2016-2017)
Humboldt University, Scientific Project Coordinator SoCo (Soil Conservation and Sustainable Agriculture) (2007-2009)
University of Tasmania (Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture), postdoc (2006-2007)
Humboldt University Berlin, PhD Agri-environmental policy making (2003-2006)
Technical University Berlin, MSc Landscape Planning and Environmental Management
Associate Editor for the Socio-Economic Development section in Land Degradation & Development (2018-)
Editorial Board Member for Scottish Geographical Journal (2018-)
- institutions and governance in landscape and environmental management
- community engagement in natural resource management and rural development
- participatory processes in agri-environmental policy making and implementation
- social-ecological systems and resilience
- land manager attitudes and behaviour
- adoption of soil and water conservation practices
- farm advisory services
- citizen science and knowledge exchange
CONTRACTS2.0 - Co-design of novel contract models for innovative agri-environmental-climate measures and for valorisation of environmental public goods (EU Horizon2020). I lead WP1 and am responsible for the case study in England. We will focus on results-based contracts and collaborative approaches to achieve landscape scale outcomes. Project start 1 May 2019, duration 4 years.
AgriLink (funded by the European Commission, Horizon2020) - The project investigates the role of farm advisors and other advisory service providers in enhancing learning and innovation for a transition towards more sustainable agriculture (2017-2021)
- Esther Carmen (start 12/2016): The nature and role of social capital in community resilience. Funder: ESRC. Co-supervisor with Ioan Fazey, Fiona Smith (University of Dundee)
- Ross Young (3rd year): Urban Agriculture. Co-supervisor with David Watts, Alexandra Johnstone (Rowett Institute)
- Carol Barbone (start 9/2018): Brexit and Marine Protected Areas. Co-supervisor with Tavis Potts (Uni Aberdeen)
- Invited expert in a project by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and Argentina's Agricultural Research and Development Organization (Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria, INTA) on transformation in agricultural extension (Nov 2018)
- collaboration with researchers from UK, New Zealand, Australia, USA, Uruguay: The development of co-creative capacity for addressing socio-environmental problems (2016-2018). Funded by SESYNC (Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, USA), lead: Allison Metz (National Implementation Research Network, North Carolina)
Some of my work is captured in my blogs:
- Policy interventions for enhancing natural assets – are they compatible with crofting communities?
- A co-creation challenge: aligning research and policy processes
- Is co-creation more than participation?
- How to evaluate organisations?
- Children as Researchers
- An inventory of agricultural advisory services
- Measuring interdisciplinarity
I teach on the following undergraduate courses
- 3rd year: Globalisation (specifically globalisation of food production and consumption)
- 4th year: Geographical Issues
Master of Land Economy:
- Agricultural Principles and Practice
- Rural Policy in Practice
- Teamwork and team management
- Research Methods
- Coordinator for the courses taught by external lecturers: Planning, Land and Environmental Law; Valuation for Rural Surveyors; Rural Business Management
Master dissertations supervised
- Heledd Rheinallt: Determining willingness to pay for the reintroduction of the Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx) to Scotland (2018)
- Kate Michie: A study of Perthshire land managers attitudes towards the conversion of upland farmland to forestry (2018)
- Eilidh Manson: Identifying the barriers during conversion from conventional to organic dairy farming systems in Scotland (2018)
Please email me if you are interested in the full dissertation.
- Further Info
I'm external examiner at University of Edinburgh for the MSc Environmental Sustainability.
I'm a member of the Hill Land Use and Ecology Discussion Group (HLUEDG) and have responsibility for their web presence. The Group was founded in 1966 by Professor Charles Gimingham of the University of Aberdeen as a forum for the wide range of individuals with an interest in hill land use and ecology.
For reflections of my first field visit after joining in 2014, see this blog.