• Peter Wilson Building, Kings Buildings

    EH9 3JG Edinburgh

    United Kingdom

  • West Mains Road, Kings Buildings, Peter Wilson Building

    EH9 3JG Edinburgh

    United Kingdom


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Research interests

I am a Research Associate interested in understanding the rural economy further.  My current research interests include farmer behavious, farm business resilience, rural business characteristics and challenges and economic infrastructure in rural and island economies. 

My role includes: 

  • Analysis and interpretation of statistical data from large scale surveys using software packages including Stata and Microsoft Excel.
  • Drafting briefings and academic papers on the results of research. 
  • Collaborating with and presentating the findings of research to RESAS, Scottish Government and other stakeholders. 




I have taught modules to students studying on the Environmental Management, Agriculture and Rural Business Management programmes.  I am also experienced in supervising honours projects for Rural Business Management students. 

Previous employer

Case Officer – Energy Consents Unit.  Scottish Government, Glasgow.  2015 – 2019

Agricultural Officer – Rural Payments and Inspections Division. Scottish Government, Lerwick.  2012 – 2015



  •  2022-2027, RESAS, Scottish Government, SRUC - E1 - 1 'Novel insights on Scotland's rural and islands economies (NISRIE)
  • 2022-2029, RESAS, Scottish Government, SRUC - B3 - 1 'Ensuring positive behavioural change for farmers towards best practice for clean growth: economic and behavioural invistigations.' 


  • 2021-2022, RESAS, Scottish Government 'RESAS RD2.4.1 - 2021/22'
  • 2021-2022, RESAS, Scottish Government 'RESAS RD2.4.2 - 2021/22'
  • 2019-20, RESAS, Scottish Government 'Productivity of Scottish Agriculture' 
  • 2017-2020, Scottish Enterprise 'Impact of changes in the CAP regime on rural (non-agricultural) businesses
  • 2020-2021, RESAS, Scottish Government 'RESAS RD2.4.1 - 2020/21 - Resilience of rural economies to key external drivers' 
  • 2020-2021, RESAS, Scottish Government 'RESAS RD2.4.2 - 2020/21 - How rural economies can adapt to key external drivers' 
  • 2019-2020, Scottish Government 'Research to assess the socioeconomic and biodiversity impacts of driven grouse moors and to understand the rights of gamekeepers.' 
  • 2021-2022, Plunkett Foundation 'Growing the Community Business Network UK-wide Understanding the 'cold spot' areas where Plunkett Foundation supports fewer community businesses.' 

Education/Academic qualification

Master, Applied Economics , University of Strathclyde

Award Date: 8 Nov 2018

Bachelor, Rural Resource Management, Scottish Agricultural College & University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Jul 2011


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