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Dr Katherine Irvine

Dr Katherine Irvine

Dr Katherine Irvine

Katherine Irvine

 +44 (0)1224 395397

The James Hutton Institute



AB15 8QH


I am a senior researcher in conservation behaviour / environmental psychology focusing on the nature-health-sustainable behaviours nexus. I draw on an interdisciplinary background in molecular biology, natural resource management, conservation behaviour and environmental psychology to investigate the interface between people and their environmental settings (for example, natural, built, home, office) with an aim to develop bridges between issues of ecological quality, health/wellbeing and sustainability.

My research centres on the relationship between people and nature, a relationship conceptualised as reciprocal or socio-ecological, whereby nature does not merely 'serve' people but people can also 'serve' nature. I specialise in theoretically-grounded applied research using a combination of research designs (for example, quasi-experimental) and methods (qualitative and quantitative; objective) to focus on two research areas.


Leading Ideas

  • Climate and the Environment
  • Land and Communities

Area of Strategic Research Programme

Further information the Scottish Government's Strategic Research Programme is available

  • Theme 3: Food, Health and Wellbeing
  • 3.4 - Communities and Wellbeing
  • 3.4.3 Rural landscape and Community Wellbeing
  • Theme 1: Natural Assets
  • 1.4 - Integrated and Sustainable Management of Natural Assets
  • 1.4.1 Natural asset inventory and natural capital accounts

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