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Rob McMorran

Interdisciplinary Researcher (Land Use and Rural Development)
Rural Economy, Environment and Society
Rural Policy Centre

Research interests

My research interests include:

  • Landownership and land reform (including community ownership);
  • Rural community development;
  • Socio-economic dimensions of upland land uses;
  • Wild land and rewilding – including defining, mapping and valuing wild land.

I am an interdisciplinary researcher with experience of qualitative and quantitative methodologies, including participatory approaches, survey design, spatial and economic analysis and policy evaluation.

Previous work has included research on landownership as part of the Sustainable Estates for the 21st Century project, evaluations of the economic contribution of estates in Scotland and in the Cairngorms National Park and a study of the impact of the diversification of scale of landownership on rural community outcomes in 2015. I have also led or collaborated on multiple projects for the Scottish Land Commission and collaborated on a review of the Community Right to Buy for the Scottish Government in 2014-2015. I have a specific interest in rural community resilience and contribute to the delivery of Theme 3.4.4 (Local assets, local decisions and community resilience) and Theme 3.4.1 (Demographic change in remote areas) within the Scottish Government’s Strategic Research Programme.

I have a long term interest in land use in mountain regions, having conducted research on socio-economic aspects of sporting land uses and on wild land and rewilding.

Selected research projects

  • The role of the LEADER approach post-Brexit (2019). Research project for Scottish Government.
  • Socio-economic and biodiversity impacts of driven grouse moors in Scotland: Part 2 (2019-2020) Socio-economic impacts of driven grouse moors in Scotland. Research commissioned by Scottish Government.
  • Review of international experience of community, communal and municipal ownership of land (2018-2019). Research project for the Scottish Land Commission.
  • Lowland deer management: Assessing the delivery of public interests (2018). Research project for Scottish Natural Heritage.
  • Review of the effectiveness of current community ownership mechanisms and of options for supporting the expansion of community ownership in Scotland (2018). Research project for the Scottish Land Commission.
     

 

Teaching

  • Multipurpose Woodland Management (Year 3, BSc)
  • Advanced Woodland Management (Year 4, BSc)
  • Contributor to: Rural Development, EIA and Rural Planning, Rural Land Use, Rural Planning and Land Law, Rural Surveying and Land Use, Land Based Environmental Issues. 
  • Supervision of degree and MSc projects (SRUC and University of Edinburgh)

PhD students

  • Christiane Valluri-Nitsch (University of Edinburgh): Future land use visions for Scotland.
  • Alison Martin (University of Highlands and Islands): The governance and ownership of rural Scotland and implications for the rewilding agenda.

Selected publications

Glenn, S., MacKessack-Leitch, J., Pollard, K., Glass, J. and McMorran, R. (2019). Investigation into the issues associated with large scale and concentrated landownership in Scotland. Scottish Land Commission.

Thomson, S. Mc Morran, R. and Glass, J. (2019). Socioeconomic and biodiversity impacts of driven grouse moors in Scotland: Part 1 Socio-economic impacts of driven grouse moors in Scotland. Commissioned report for Scottish Government.

Mc Morran, R., Lawrence, A., Glass, J., Hollingdale, J., McKee, A., Campbell, D. and Combe, M. (2018). Review of the effectiveness of current community ownership mechanisms and of options for supporting the expansion of community ownership in Scotland. Scottish Land Commission, Commissioned Report.

Valluri-Nitsch, C., Metzger, M.J., Mc Morran, R., Price, M.F. (2018) My land? Your land? Scotland? – understanding sectoral similarities and differences in Scottish land use visions. Regional Environmental Change, 18 (3), 803-816.

Bowditch, E., Mc Morran, R., Bryce, R. and Smith, M. (2017) Perception and partnership: Developing forest resilience on private estates. Forest Policy and Economics 99, 110-122.

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Rob McMorran

Rob McMorran

Rural Society Researcher

Address: Peter Wilson Building, Kings Buildings, West Mains Road, Edinburgh EH9 3JG

Telephone: 0131 535 4268

E-mail: rob.mcmorran@sruc.ac.uk