Hi I'm
Dr Kate Lamont

  • Position: Senior Lecturer
  • Location: Highlands and Islands
  • Expertise:
    • Agriculture, Crops and Soils
    • Food and Drink
    • Livestock and Fishing
    • Natural Economy
    • Policy

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My current projects draw from experience as a qualitative social scientist in multi-disciplinary research in human health, veterinary medicine, and rural community development. 

I am currently working on projects on the themes of mental health and wellbeing (with a focus on rural / agricultural workers), biosecurity in farming of livestock (with a focus on Johne’s Disease, PRRS and roundworm).

I sit on the social science ethics committee (as co-chair) and am interested in research methods which are acceptable to farmers, and which promote engagement in research (including co-production, co-design and peer research methods).

I am based in the Centre for Epidemiology and Planetary Health (CEPH) in Inverness where I head the Public health, Diseases Surveillance & Epidemiology team.  Researchers at CEPH have an extensive range of expertise across disciplines and are delighted to collaborate in projects, whether based locally in the Highlands and Islands, across Scotland / UK, Europe and further afield.   We are happy to provide supervision and support to PhD students.

Areas of expertise and interests

  • Agriculture, Crops and Soils
  • Food and Drink
  • Livestock and Fishing
  • Natural Economy
  • Policy

I'm currently working on

  • Farmer-centric, holistic, trans-disciplinary approaches to biosecurity
  • Mental health and wellbeing in farming and rural communities
  • Sustainable rural and island communities
  • Use of technology and tools to support behaviour change

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