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Current Advisory Groups

Current Advisory Groups


Land Acquisition for Carbon: Opportunities and Risks

Lead: Mark Reed, SRUC

Stakeholder: Key actors from Policy, Investment, Research and Land Management 

This project will bring together a network of key stakeholders to identify, research and discuss opportunities and risks arising from large-scale land acquisition for carbon sequestration, providing evidence-informed recommendations that can increase the likelihood that future acquisition schemes lead to benefits for climate, biodiversity, land managers and the wider public interest.




SEFARI & Highlands and Islands Enterprise COVID19 Response – Food and Drink Sector 

Lead: Elaine Jamieson, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Charles Bestwick, SEFARI Gateway 

Stakeholder: Scottish Government, Highlands Islands Enterprise, South of Scotland Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise 

This project aims to provide advice to support the recovery of the Food and Drink Sector nationally but with specific consideration of geographic and regional sector need with a specific focus on the “restart” and “recovery” post lockdown phases. This will include identifying the scale and nature of challenges and opportunities in the sector and supply chains, policy responses required to support opportunities and mitigate risks, and articulating how this can have an early and positive impact on recovery of the rural economy.




Spatial Data for Supporting Regional Land Use Partnerships

Lead: David Miller, James Hutton Institute

Stakeholder: Scottish Land Commission

The purpose of this project is to provide information to the Scottish Land Commission to inform their advice to Ministers regarding what spatial data will be needed to underpin effective Regional Land Use Partnerships, as set out in the Land Use Strategy (2016 to 2021).




The transport, fate and impact of pharmaceuticals in the environment 

Lead: Eulyn Pagaling, James Hutton Institute

Stakeholder: NHS Highlands and Islands

This project will deliver an expert review on the current state of knowledge on pharmaceutical pollutants in the environment and their role in the development of Antimicrobial Resistance. 




Identifying research priorities for the use of Agri-Tech to improve productivity, efficiency and sustainability in beef and sheep livestock production systems

Lead: Jenna Bowen, SRUC

Stakeholders: UK Agri-Tech Centres

This project will identify research priority areas for the use of agri-tech to improve productivity, efficiency and sustainability in both beef and sheep production systems. To identify these priority areas, this project is administering a survey.




Developing practical guidelines and supporting policies for effective and robust sustainable grassland systems 

Lead: Lorna Cole, SRUC


This project is exploring grassland management practices with the potential to increase the social, environmental and economic sustainability of farms, and identify a range of potential metrics that could help in the development of a comprehensive monitoring framework for sustainability.