Research Info
  • Title: Understanding & Resolving Land-Use Conflicts
  • Researcher Name(s): The James Hutton Institute
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With an increasing diversity of pressures on our rural landscapes in Scotland - for example, urban migration, changing patterns and modes of access taking, and demand for renewable energy – land-use conflicts are inevitable. Conflict can arise in and between interests such as environmental conservation, development, agriculture, forestry, recreation, communities and land owners. Thus, it is clear that the need for us to understand and build upon our knowledge of how to manage/resolve conflicts is omnipresent. In this, the first edition in a series exploring the understanding and resolution of rural land-use conflicts, we examine the case of mountain biking as a recreational activity which has a high conflict potential, both in the recreational sphere and in the context of broader land-use interests.

Specific Research Objectives

Article 1 ‘Extending the Dream Machine’: Understanding people’s participation in mountain biking By Dr Steve Taylor

Article 2 What does ‘responsible access’ in the uplands mean conceptually and in practise for mountain bikers and land managers in the Cairngorms National Park? By Fran Pothecary

Article 3 Citizen or hooligan? The place of the mountain bikers in the great outdoors By Dr Katrina Brown

Article 4 Sharing a multi-use trail: how walkers and mountain bikers learn to co-exist By Dr Katrina Brown

Article 5 Texture of terrain: the forgotten dimension of landscape and appreciation By Dr Katrina Brown

Article 6 Reading surfaces: imprints, erosion and the politics of environmental impact of different recreational users By Dr Katrina Brown

Article 7 Developing mountain biking in Scotland – the Highlands Cluster Study By Dr Steve Taylor, Dr Peter Varley & Nicki Diggins

Article 8 Review of mountain developments and potential opportunities in Scotland By Dr Steve Taylor, Dr Peter Varley & Nicki Diggins

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