• West Mains Road, Kings Buildings

    EH9 3JG Edinburgh

    United Kingdom


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Personal profile

Research interests


Mike Spencer is a spatial data scientist supporting the rural economy, environment and society research group within Scotland's Rural College. His work at SRUC involves linking and analysing quantitative and qualitative data, to provide insight for Scottish Government policy. He helps colleagues with expert data advice on scaling workflows and visualisation, and runs training sessions for researchers and students on databases, programming, GIS and other tools.

Mike enjoys diverse challenges and has worked in the public, private, academic and third sectors, helping him appreciate many different viewpoints. Mike is a data specialist on the executive team for an Innovate UK funded agri-tech company. He is a fellow of the Royal Statistical Society.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 May 2016

Bachelor, Lancaster University

Award Date: 1 Jun 2004

External positions


1 Oct 2018 → …

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Research Output

  • 2 Article
  • 1 Digital or Visual Products

Citizen science evidence from the past century shows that Scottish rivers are warming

Pohle, I., Helliwell, R., Aube, C., Gibbs, S., Spencer, M. & Spezia, L., Apr 2019, In : Science of the Total Environment. 659, p. 53 - 65 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 5 Citations (Scopus)
    22 Downloads (Pure)

    Ramularia detection dates by country

    Spencer, M., Havis, ND. & Creissen, H. E., 23 Aug 2019

    Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual Products

    Open Access
  • Not one Brexit: how local context and social processes influence policy analysis

    Ge, J., Polhill, JG., Matthews, KB., Miller, DG. & Spencer, M., 17 Dec 2018, In : PLoS ONE. 13, 12, 31 p., e0208451.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    7 Downloads (Pure)


    • 1 Oral presentation

    Cartography with R and QGIS, which to choose?

    Mike Spencer (Speaker)

    20 Sep 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation