Dr Rod Lovie


Rod completed his PhD in 2021 and is now the Principal Climate Change Strategy Officer with Moray Council



Rod joined the Centre for Mountain Studies in October 2016 as a PhD student.  His research concerned ‘Community perceptions of landscapes and cultural heritage on the A9 corridor’.


  • MEd, University of the Highlands and Islands
  • MA (Hons) Countryside and Environmental Management, University of Aberdeen

Rodney Lovie


Professional Career

  • Lecturer and Deputy Programme Leader for BSc (Hons) Environmental Science, BSc (Hons) Archaeology & Environmental Studies – University of the Highlands and Islands.  Teaching subjects included Strategic environmental monitoring, research skills, statistics for science
  • Project Manager for REAP (Rural Environmental Action Project) - a rural sustainable development charity
  • Volunteer Director for Newmill Renewables CiC – a local community energy project

Research Interests

An advocate of participatory methods to encourage sustainability, community empowerment and environmental management.  Rod has an interest in exploring perceptions of the Scottish environment and how landscape, heritage and culture contributes to a sense of place.  Research interests also include:

  • Participatory approaches and methods
  • Community owned energy and the social impacts of community enterprises
  • Sustainability
  • Cultural heritage
  • The Scots language

Unpublished Dissertations

Lovie, R. (2015) Identifying the impacts of community energy.  Dissertation presented for the degree of Master of Education, University of the Highlands and Islands

Lovie, R. (1998) ‘Makin kail for yer cog’: The relationship between tourism, heritage and culture in NE Scotland.  Dissertation presented for the degree of Master of Arts (Hons), University of Aberdeen