Dr Bobby Macaulay

Centre for Mountain Studies

Perth College UHI

Crieff Road


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Community landownership


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Dr Bobby Macaulay is a Research Associate within the Centre for Mountain Studies at the University of the Highlands and Islands. Drawing on an interdisciplinary academic background comprising political science, public health and rural development, his research focuses on the role of community organisations in the sustainability of rural and island communities, with a particular interest in community asset ownership. Outside of academia, Dr Macaulay has worked in research roles within the UK Government, World Health Organization and a number of charitable organisations and research institutes, as well as having spent several years working in education and development in Southern Africa. He is the coordinator of the Community Landownership Academic Network and sits on the Committee of the Scottish Land Fund.

Current research

Highlands and Islands Community Climate Action Project (Funded by British Science Association)

'Rural Assets: Policy and Practice Insights from the Devolved Nations (RAPPID)' (Funded by British Academy/ Nuffield Foundation)

'Nature-based integration: Connecting communities with/in the natural environment' (Funded by British Academy/ Nuffield Foundation)

Various sustainable/ethical tourism projects (Funded by Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme)

Research groups and interests

I am the coordinator of the Community Landownership Academic Network. I sit on the Committee of the Scottish Land Fund.

Selected publications

Macaulay, B., Dalglish, C., 2021. Community Landowners and the Climate Emergency: Research Report. Community Land Scotland. [online] (URL: https://www.communitylandscotland.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Community-Landowners-the-Climate-Emergency_Report.pdf)

Macaulay, B., Reinap, M., Wilson, M.G., Kuchenmüller, T., 2022. Integrating citizen engagement into evidence-informed health policy-making in eastern Europe and central Asia: scoping study and future research priorities. Health Research Policy and Systems 20, 11. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12961-021-00808-9

Macaulay, B., McHugh, N., Steiner, A., 2021. Public perspectives on health improvement within a remote-rural island community. Health Expectations n/a. https://doi.org/10.1111/hex.13260

Macaulay, B., Mazzei, M., Roy, M.J., Teasdale, S., Donaldson, C., 2018. Differentiating the effect of social enterprise activities on health. Social Science & Medicine 200, 211–217. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2018.01.042

Macaulay, B., Roy, M.J., Donaldson, C., Teasdale, S., Kay, A., 2017. Conceptualizing the health and well-being impacts of social enterprise: a UK-based study. Health Promotion International 33, 748-759 https://doi.org/10.1093/heapro/dax009

Macaulay, B., 2016. In Perspective: Considering social enterprise involvement in the commissioning of health services in Shetland. Local Economy 31, 650–659. https://doi.org/10.1177/0269094216655405