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Andrew Samuel


  • 13 Citations
  • 1 h-Index
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Personal profile

Personal profile

Dr Andrew Samuel has been at Abertay for some twenty years during which he has been Academic Staff representative on University Court for two terms - 2007 to 2013 and Served as President of the University of Abertay Dundee Branch of the University and College Union (ADUCU) from 2005 to 2014. Academically He has taken an active role in the British Sociological Society, organising their Scottish Study Group, and has been Director and Chair of the Centre for Human Ecology. Currently, he takes an active role in Scottish Politics, particularly land reform.

He has a PhD in the Sociology of Science from the University of Lancaster, and an MA in Politics and Sociology from Edinburgh University


Taught Modules Include: ‘Sociology of Rural Life and the Countryside’, ‘Visualizing the Environmental’ ‘Sport and Society’, ‘Science and Society’, Reading Sociology, Research Methods 1’, Research Methods 2’, ‘Research Methods 3’ ‘Environmental Management’, ‘Environmental Project Management’ & ‘Contemporary Sociology and New Scotland’ (all taught at University of Abertay Dundee) – 1998 to present.

Dr Samuel also experience in experiential pedagogy, having led and organised field trips for a variety of educational organizations. These include:

  • Eigg Field-Trip: MSc in Human Ecology, Center for Human Ecology, – Lecturer and mountain guide, May 2006, June, 2005, June 2004 & June 2003
  • Rum Field-Trip: Module in Environmental Management for MA in Environmental Values, Institute for Environmental Policy and Philosophy, Lancaster University – Lecturer and mountain guide, May 2006, May, 2995, May 2004, May 2003 & May 2002
  • Rum Field-Trip: BA in Sociology, Abertay University - Lecturer and mountain guide, May, 2002 & May 2003

He currently is Module Tutor on the Elective, Environmental Sustainability and Global Citizenship.

Research interests

Dr Samuel's research interests are based on some fifteen years of academic experience, in which he has engaged analytically with the creation of a sustainable and integrated environmental policy for Scotland. This research agenda emerged primarily through his PhD research at Lancaster University and the successful completion of five funded research projects at the University of Abertay Dundee. Briefly, his doctoral thesis, entitled: Science as Practice: Conserving Scotland's Natural Heritage, engaged with land management in rural Scotland and the creation of Scottish Natural Heritage (the first organization in the UK to embrace sustainability as a guiding principal). His current position as Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Abertay has allowed him to further his interdisciplinary interests in Scotland's developing environmental and sustainability agendas, specialising in analysing sustainable land management techniques and practices, on the Country's West coast. In consolidating and further developing this research agenda, He has developed a particularly nuanced understanding of environmental, social and economic barriers to the implementation of participatory, inclusive and sustainable environmental policy and strategies.


  • £3532 from British Acadamy, 2003. Project Title: The Integrated Management of Incongruently Valued Land: The Case of the Small Isles Archipelago in Scotland (ref. SG-35250).
  • £1320 from Research Development Fund, University of Abertay Dundee, 2002. Project Title: The Integrated Management of Incongruently Valued Land: The Case of the Small Isles Archipelago in Scotland.
  • £830 from the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, October, 1998, Project Title: The Interrelationship of National Symbols and Landowners’ Power
  • £1500 from the School of Health and Social Sciences, July 1998, Project Title: The Interrelationship of National Symbols and Landowners’ Power
  • £2710 from Nuffield Foundation, December 1998, Project Title: The Interrelationship of National Symbols and Landowners’ Power (ref. SGS/00131).
  • £5,000 annually from joint ESRC/SERC, grant for Ph.D.,1992 - ‘96
  • £12,000 from ESRC’s Seminars Competition, October 1994


Centre for Human Ecology, Chair, Course Committee, 2005 to 2006

Centre for Human Ecology, Course Committee Member, 2004 to 2005

Centre for Human Ecology, Academic Board Member, 2002 to 2004.

British Sociological Association’s Scottish Studies Group Convenor, April 1998 to 2003

British Sociological Association’s Scottish Forum, Executive Member 2002

British Sociological Association’s Scottish Committee, Executive Member, October 1998 to 2002

Participant in ‘Wilderness Britain: Social and Environmental Perspectives on Recreation and Conservation’, ESRC Seminar Series, May 1999 to June 2001.

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nature reserve Social Sciences
natural resources Social Sciences
symbol Social Sciences
sustainability Social Sciences
management Social Sciences
environmental policy Social Sciences
community Social Sciences
conservation Social Sciences

Research Output 2000 2001

  • 13 Citations
  • 1 h-Index
  • 2 Article

Rum: nature and community in harmony?

Samuel, A., 1 Jan 2001, In : Ecos. 22, 1, p. 36-45 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

nature reserve

Cultural symbols and landowners’ power: the practice of managing Scotland’s natural resource

Samuel, A. M. M., 16 Nov 2000, In : Sociology. 34, 4, p. 691-706 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
natural resources
social construction


Natural flood management applications (NFM): the role of local institutions

Author: Ripiye, N., Aug 2016

Supervisor: Wade, R. (Supervisor) & Samuel, A. M. M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Nature therapy : developing a framework for practice

Author: Berger, R., Feb 2009

Supervisor: Samuel, A. (Supervisor) & Cowan, S. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis