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Lairds, Land and Sustainability

Scottish Perspectives on Upland Management

Edited by Jayne Glass, Martin Price, Charles Warren, Alister Scott

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A wide-ranging study of how different landownership models deliver sustainability in Scotland’s upland areas

Scotland is at the heart of modern, sustainable upland management. Large estates cover vast areas of the uplands, with a long, complex and emotive history of ownership and use.

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Expanded contents list
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Notes on the contributors
Part One Sustainability in the uplands
Chapter 1 Sustainability in the uplands: introducing key concepts
Jayne Glass, Alister Scott, Martin F. Price and Charles Warren
Chapter 2 Recognising Scotland’s upland ecosystem services
Jayne Glass, Martin F. Price, Alister Scott, Charles Warren and Robert Mc Morran
Part Two Perspectives from private landownership
Chapter 3 The Scottish private estate Annie McKee, Charles Warren, Jayne Glass and Pippa Wagstaff
Chapter 4 What motivates private landowners? Pippa Wagstaff
Chapter 5 The laird and the community Annie McKee
Part Three Perspectives from community and NGO landownership
Chapter 6 Community landownership: rediscovering the road to sustainability Robert Mc Morran and Alister Scott
Chapter 7 Buying nature: a review of environmental NGO landownership Robert Mc Morran and Jayne Glass
Part Four Aligning upland estate management with sustainability
Chapter 8 A sustainability tool for the owners and managers of upland estates Jayne Glass
Chapter 9 Lessons for sustainable upland management Jayne Glass, Martin F. Price, Alister Scott, Charles Warren, Robert Mc Morran, Annie McKee and Pippa Wagstaff

About the Author

Jayne Glass is a Research Associate at the Centre for Mountain Studies, Perth College, University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland, and holds degrees in geography and environmental sustainability from the Universities of Oxford and Edinburgh. She recently completed a PhD in Sustainability Studies at the University of the Highlands of Islands on knowledge co-production for sustainable upland estate management in Scotland (awarded by the University of Aberdeen).

Martin F. Price is Director of the Centre for Mountain Studies, Perth College, University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland, and holds the UNESCO Chair for Sustainable Mountain Development. He previously worked at the Universities of Oxford, Bern, and Colorado and the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Books he has edited include Mountain Area Research and Management (Earthscan 2007); The Mountains of Northern Europe (The Stationery Office 2005); and Key Issues for Mountain Areas (United Nations University Press 2004).

Charles Warren is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geography & Sustainable Development at the University of St Andrews, and holds degrees in geography, glaciology and resource management from Oxford and Edinburgh universities. He has written widely on Scottish land use issues, including his book Managing Scotland's Environment (Edinburgh University Press 2009). He also co-edited Learning from Wind Power: Governance, Societal and Policy Perspectives on Sustainable Energy (Palgrave 2012).

Alister Scott is Professor of Environment and Spatial Planning at Birmingham City University. He is a chartered planner with roots firmly in geography. His research and teaching is located within an interdisciplinary framework with a focus on complex and messy policy land use problems. He has become an expert at the interface of spatial planning and the ecosystem approach with projects exploring the rural urban fringe as part of the RELU programme (2009-2011) and the embedding of the ecosystem approach in tools for improved policy and decision making as part of the National Ecosystem Assessment (NEA) Follow on project 2012-2014. He also sits on the NEA expert panel and is a communication adviser for the NERC BESS programme.


...provides a concise and yet highly informative introduction to the delivery of sustainability in Scotland’s upland areas that is accessible to the generalist reader, whilst being equally beneficial for and valuable to upland managers.

- Hannah M. Chiswell, University of Exeter, Environmental Values, 23.2

This book is a valuable contribution to the applied literature on the sustainability of land management and ownership systems, and gives an excellent contemporary account of the land use scene in the Scottish uplands.

- Douglas C. MacMillan, Mountain Research and Development, Vol. 34, No. 2