Andrew Samuel
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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


Current Taught Modules Include: ‘Sociology of Scotland'; Sustainability in Scotland' and State, Environment and Crime (all taught at University of Abertay Dundee).


In the past he has taught: 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’; 'Visualizing the Environment'; 

Dr Samuel also is also specialised 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
  • and since the early 2010s on a variety of trips on hes current Modules

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, a grant for PhD, 1992 - ‘96

£12,000 from ESRC’s Seminars Competition, October 1994


Learning for Sustainability Scotland - Member of Steering Group - 2017 - Present

Aberrtay University and College Union - President 2019 - Present

Abertay University Court 2019 - Present

Abertay University Senate 2008 - 2011

Aberrtay University Court 2008 - 2014

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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