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Professor Maria Nijnik

Professor Maria Nijnik

Maria Nijnik

 +44 (0)344 928 5428

The James Hutton Institute
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK


Maria Nijnik is a natural resource, ecological and climate change economist and a social scientist who has worked at the Institute since 2002. Maria’s work centres on the socio-economic aspects of global changes, including climate change, and land-use and landscape changes, with a particular focus on the resilience of social-ecological systems, multifunctional and sustainable management and use of natural assets. This includes work on the institutional aspects and economics of tackling climate change through LULUCF, the role of woodlands and forestry in the development of marginalised rural areas and communities, with a special focus on mountain regions, evaluation of ecosystem services, stakeholder evaluation and public attitudes to identifying resilient interventions for multiple benefits from using natural assets and managing of trade-offs, human dimensions of global changes and social innovation. The total list of publications includes 300 items, with ca 60 scientific articles in peer-refereed journals. She is a reviewer for top ranking in her field of science international journals, books, tenders and projects. Maria has co-supervised several PhD students, who have been exceptionally successful, including Dr Peter Orrell - the winner of the Converge Challenge 2018 Award and Mariana Melnykovych conducting her PhD research under the Memorandum of Understanding between the National Forestry University (UNFU), Ukraine and the James Hutton Institute

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