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Land Economy, Environment & Society


The vision for the Land Economy, Environment and Society (LEES) Research Group is to be internationally-recognised leaders in economic, environmental and social research, benefiting agriculture, the environment and rural communities.

What we do

We are one of the largest groupings of economists and social scientists working in the rural, agricultural and land based sectors in Scotland. 

Within our broad remit, our research focuses on five main themes:

  • The development of Sustainable agricultural systems and food supply chains
  • Policy Analysis for the benefit of agriculture, the environment and rural society
  • Agricultural and Environmental management and sustainable use of natural resources
  • Environmental and resource economics, contributing to policy responses on climate change
  • Rural community resilience, making recommendations on the challenges and opportunities facing rural communities

How we do it

We take an integrated approach, because this is necessary to address complex problems and society’s “grand challenges”. We examine how individual elements are connected and interdependent, at farm and ecosystem-level, in food supply chains, in individual farmer and consumer behaviours, in innovation and innovative behaviours, and in rural society and communities’ resilience.

Why we do it

Our research makes a difference to inform policy and engender real behavioural change for those with whom we carry out the research. We work on both domestic (Scotland, UK) and international arenas, with a growing portfolio in low to middle income countries examining such aspects as sustainable intensification, development of food value chains and adoption of innovations by small holder communities.  We work in partnership, engage with people ‘on the ground’ in a number of countries, and ensure, through active Knowledge Exchange, that our research is of maximum value.

Further Information

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LEES Research Group has very active international networks, and our staff greatly value the perspectives which come from researchers from many countries. Find out more...

Prof Andrew Barnes

Team Leader - Behavioural Change & Innovation

Address: Land Economy, Environment & Society, Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), Peter Wilson Building, Kings Buildings, West Mains Road, Edinburgh EH9 3JG.

Telephone: 0131 535 4042