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Dr Kirsty Blackstock

Dr Kirsty Blackstock

Dr Kirsty Blackstock

Kirsty Blackstock

 +44 (0)344 928 5428

The James Hutton Institute
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK


My research interests relate to understanding of environmental policy development and uptake within the more general processes rural governance. Increasingly, I am interested in how a socio-ecological systems approach can fit with existing governance. Visit my profile to find out more.

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). I am also interested in how monitoring and evaluation can help with the delivery of multiple benefits (see more here). The aim of this work is to understand whether there is a need for new mechanisms; and to identify opportunities for future agri-environmental and environmental policy.

I am currently leading the research on Sustainable and Integrated Management of Natural Assets. I am also a member of the Scottish Forum for Natural Capital’s working group on Future Land Manager Business Models.


Leading Ideas

  • Natural Asset Management

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
  • 1.4.2 Identifying and understanding multiple benefits and trade-offs
  • 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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