Our researchThe commons, land reform and renewable energy alternatives

New models of work and community in Scotland's forests: finding value beyond a supply chain and carbon analyses

This project aims to innovate and integrate a value chain, carbon and environmental footprint analyses of Scotland’s bioenergy industry in order to explore current conflicts and the potential enhancements for social and environmental wellbeing from alternative, community-driven woodland utilisation.

Funding: Strathclyde Research Excellence Award

Research team

  • Brian Garvey, Department of Work, Employment & Organisation, University of Strathclyde
  • Paul Tuohy, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Strathclyde
  • Jéssica Enara Vian, Department of Work, Employment & Organisation, University of Strathclyde

With kind support from Assynt Crofters’ Trust and Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust

A Bridge over Troubled Waters: a new integrated assessment tool for enhanced social, energy and eco-systems

Funding: Scottish Universities Insight Institute

This programme has engaged with four community organisations, two non-profit organisations and researchers from four universities to envisage and remodel the local assessment of renewable energy potential and collectively identify the related ecological and social benefits arising from sustainable land, forestry and water use at a community scale.


Major Tom to Ground Control: new integrated assessment for local renewable energy

Funding: EPSRC Global Challenges Research Fund Institutional Sponsorship Award

This multidisciplinary research project builds upon effective engagement with Brazilian partners over a three year period to innovate and integrate local assessment for new energy forms with an analysis of socio-economic challenges and conflicts in three rural regions of Brazil.

Research team


  • 2 January Agrarian Reform settlement, Descalvado, Brazil
  • Milton Santos agrarian reform settlement Brazil
  • UNISON Scotland