Scott has significant research and policy experience in Scotland, UK, and internationally, including in China and UN climates conferences.
Political ecology reinserts social and political analysis into representations of nature with an explicit aim of undoing harm, such as the erasure of Indigenous peoples and knowledges from landscapes.
His research concentrates on environmental governance that obscures rather than solves social and environmental impacts.
In Scotland, he has worked with environmental organisations on post-Brexit land use policy and COP26.
He tutors at the University of Edinburgh and is an active researcher in political science and political ecology.
His non-academic publications include contributing to the civil society review of Scotland’s progress on the Sustainable Development Goals, the State of Nature Report, and articles in The Geographer.
He holds a PhD in Global Political Ecology, focusing on the commodification of nature in Europe and China and implications for understanding crises and their responses and has received an Award for Research Contributions, an MA with Distinction in International Relations (Environmental Governance) where he received the Award for Best Performing Student and a BA (Joint Hons.) in International Relations & History.
His current research includes what COVID-19 responses reveal about the nature of consumerism in times of emergency and implications for imagining sustainable futures.
Scott is a Research Fellow with the Wellbeing Economy Alliance and he is working on developing a place-based approach to nature-based solutions with an environmental organisation in Scotland, which centres residents, communities, and Just Transition principles.
He is also working with a wide network of civil society actors as part of the COP26 UK Coalition.Our team