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Dr Kerry Waylen

Dr Kerry Waylen

Dr Kerry Waylen

Kerry Waylen

 +44 (0)1224 395313

The James Hutton Institute
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK


My research focuses on the challenges of achieving more participatory and holistic natural resource management, with a particular focus on the Ecosystem Approach and the challenges of governing complex socio-ecological systems. My early work in both the ‘Global North’ and the ‘Global South’ was largely focused on community-level conservation but in recent years, I have increasingly focused on how higher-level institutions affect and interact with what happens ‘on the ground’.  I do not situate my work in a single academic discipline, but my work is informed by ideas from political ecology, environmental governance and Science and Technology Studies. 

For SEFARI I focus on whether and how existing approaches to soil, water and biodiversity management can be coordinated or integrated to deliver multiple benefits (see more here and here); how monitoring and evaluation can help with the delivery of multiple benefits (see more here); and how policies for water quality and flooding can be better integrated.

More information about my work can be found here.


Leading Ideas

  • Climate and the Environment
  • Biodiversity and Ecosystems
  • Natural Asset Management
  • Soil
  • Water Resources

Area of Strategic Research Programme

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

  • Theme 1: Natural Assets
  • 1.4 - Integrated and Sustainable Management of Natural Assets
  • 1.4.3 Realising multiple benefits and managing trade-offs
  • 1.2 - Water Resources
  • 1.2.4 Effectiveness of water management

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