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Consultancy

I provide the following services on a consultancy basis:

  •  Feasibility studies and business planning for community land and asset buyouts.
  •  Community consultations.
  •  Programme and project evaluations.
  •  Sustainable development advice for the  public, private and not-for-profit sectors.
  •  Assistance in developing and writing bids for external funding.
  •  Talks, lectures and presentations on community asset ownership and land reform.

  

Some of my commissioned projects

  • 'Learning Lessons from Scotland's Community Land Story': A series of presentations at events in the UK   and Ireland on behalf of Community Land Scotland, supported by the Carnegie UK Trust.
  • A discussion paper on 'The Future of Community Land Ownership in Scotland', commissioned by Highlands and Islands Enterprise for the national 'Strengthening Communities' conference in Aviemore, September 2017.
  • Feasibility study and business planning on behalf of the Keose Glebe Community Trust regarding a community buyout of the Keose Glebe Estate in Lewis.  Estate subsequently purchased following funding awarded by the Scottish Land Fund.
  • Feasibility study and business planning on behalf of the Great Bernera Community Development Trust regarding a community buyout of the Bernera Estate in Lewis. Funding subsequently awarded by the Scottish Land Fund in support of purchase.
  • Feasibility study and business planning on behalf of Urras Sgire Oighreachd Bharabhais regarding a community buyout of the 30,000 acre Barvas Estate in Lewis.  Estate subsequently purchased following funding awarded by the Scottish Land Fund.
  • Post-Legislative Scrutiny of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 on behalf of the Scottish Parliament
  • UK national expert for an evaluation of the relevance and effectiveness of European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and cohesion policy support for islands, mountainous and sparsely populated regions for the European Commission.
  • Development of a European funding strategy for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.

University teaching

I have taught on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses and supervised undergraduate and Masters' dissertations in various Scottish Universities in the subject areas of public policy, management, human geography, and sustainable development.  I am available to provide teaching and/or dissertation supervision in these subject areas at undergraduate and/or postgraduate levels.

Most recently I taught at the University of Edinburgh where my responsibilities included organising and teaching the following courses on the University's postgraduate MSc programmes in 'Environment and Development', Environment, Culture and Society' and 'Global Challenges':

I also taught on the following Undergraduate courses on the University of Edinburgh's MA (Hons) in Human Geography

Alongside the above teaching responsibilities I also supervised numerous undergraduate honours year dissertations on the MA (Hons) in Human Geography and postgraduate dissertations on the MSc 'Environment and Development', MSc 'Environmental Sustainability', and MSc 'Environment, Culture and Society' programmes.