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Completed Fellowships

Completed Fellowships

Assessing Arctic Circle (Food-innovation) Clusters

Lead: David Watts, Rowett Institute

Stakeholder: Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Read the Case Study and Report (or Summary)


The purpose of this fellowship was threefold, to:

• Understand the benefits for Scotland’s participation in the Artic Food Innovation Clusters with respect to food innovation and local economies.

• Reflect on the strengths and contributions the Highlands and Islands and wider Scotland could make as an effective partner and good global citizen.

• Illustrate possible approaches and models for engagement in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, including within the context of a global climate emergency. Sarah Jones, SRUC provided research support for this project.




Just Transitions: a comparative perspective

Lead: Annabel Pinker, James Hutton Institute

Stakeholder: Just Transition Commission

This fellowship has explored examples of Just Transitions in other nations/regions looking at their scope, methodology, approaches to participation and engagement, timelines, perceived risks/benefits and resultant policy outcomes. The main output of this fellowship is a forthcoming report examining evidence from government interventions seeking to manage or minimise the disruption to workers and communities caused by economic structural change similar to that implied by the move to a carbon-neutral economy. The project report can be viewed on the Scottish Government’s website.




Innovative Monitoring for Biodiversity

Lead: Kit Macleod, James Hutton Institute

Stakeholder: SEPA and NatureScot

This project aims to improve the data pipeline, i.e. moving more swiftly/efficiently from the point at which data are gathered, through interpretation and analysis to the point of making data (and interpretations) available. This includes sharing of data between partners to make the widest possible use of those data that are collected. It will also explore the use of new technologies (and increasing the understanding of the potential for new technologies) to gather and process data, including new approaches (e.g. eDNA, earth observation), sensor platforms (e.g. automated recorders, satellite or drones), and data analytic tools.




Connecting research and management needs for the Cairngorms National Park

Lead: Alison Hester, James Hutton Institute

Stakeholder: Cairngorms National Park Authority

This fellowship involved doing a review of published research carried out in the Cairngorms National Park; identifying themes for future development of a Cairngorms Research database; identifying major research gaps from the perspective of the Cairngorms National Park Authority; and exploring how to improve the use of knowledge and data created. Read the full report and/or a short summary.




Ensuring Authenticity, Provenance and Traceability in Scottish Food Products

Lead: Alex Foito, James Hutton Institute

Stakeholder: Scotland Food and Drink

The project delivered research that will help Scotland Food and Drink realise a specific opportunity to develop a high integrity and authenticity assurance programme for the food chain in Scotland. The project focused on the following areas: a. Review of literature on current and emerging technical models and systems for statutory and voluntary monitoring of authenticity within Scottish Salmon and Beef production sectors. b. Compiling a contact list of experts and stakeholders within these sectors for Salmon and Beef production sectors. c. Direct conversations with experts working within different scientific fields. d. Mapping and recommending relevant technologies based on their effectiveness for these sectors. Read a case study about this fellowship.




Resilience of the Food Chain in Scotland in relation to its Safety and Provenance

Lead: Neil Chalmers

Stakeholder: Food Standards Scotland

This project focused on the resilience of the food chain in Scotland with particular regard to potential risks relating to its safety and provenance. The work was set in the context of supporting Food Standard Scotland’s developing food surveillance strategy, which aims to improve the use of data and intelligence to identify trends and emerging issues and enable interventions to be targeted more effectively to areas of greatest risk. Read a blog post about this fellowship.




Knowledge Exchange, Medicated Grit and Scottish Grouse Moors

Lead: Beth Wells, Moredun Research Institute

Stakeholder: Cairngorms National Park Authority

This fellowship focused on building relationships as well as identifying research and knowledge exchange interests with land users, including landowners, managers, gamekeepers and farmers. The fellowship focussed on upland moorland management which is an area where land management and best practice conflicts have arisen in the past; where management practice varies considerably throughout the Cairngorms National Park area and is also a topic in which the Scottish Government’s Strategic Research Programme (SRP) is very active. Read the full report and/or blog post.



How will Scotland’s environment change by 2030?

Lead: Stephanie Smith, SRUC

Stakeholder: Scottish Futures Forum, Scottish Parliament

Working in partnership with the Scottish Parliament’s Think Tank, this fellowship provided an opportunity to explore what Scotland’s environment might look like in 2030. Read the full report and/or blog post.