Dr Bobby Macaulay

Research Associate content

Research Associate


  • Module Tutor: Sustainable Land Use & Renewable Energy 


  • PhD Public Health, Glasgow Caledonian University (Wellcome Trust Doctoral Studentship: ‘The role of community landownership in improving rural health in Scotland’)
  • MSc Sustainable Rural Development, University of the Highlands and Islands
  • MA (Hons) Politics, University of Glasgow


Teaching subjects

  • Sustainable Land Use and Renewable Energy
  • Environmental and Social Issues in Mountain Areas

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Technical/Research interests

  • Land reform and community landownership
  • Sustainable development of rural and island communities
  • Dynamics of power and democracy at local and national levels

Employment history

  • Joined the Centre for Mountain Studies in February 2021 as a Research Associate.
  • Previously spent 6 years at The Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health at Glasgow Caledonian University, focusing on the role of social enterprise and community landowners in improving public health.
  • Predominantly conducted research in rural and island communities.
  • Successfully completed research projects in non-academic environments, including charitable research institutes and the World Health Organisation.


  • SCITOUR - 2020-2022: Explore and learn through scientific tourism, European Commission Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme, with 5 partners
  • CULTIVATE 2021-2024: Co-creating cultural narratives for sustainable rural development, JPI Cultural Heritage

Published papers

  • Roy, M.J., Macaulay, B., Donaldson, C., Teasdale, S., Baker, R., Kerr, S., Mazzei, M., 2018. Two false positives do not make a right: Setting the bar of social enterprise research even higher through avoiding the straw man fallacy. Social Science & Medicine 217, 42–44. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2018.09.058
  • 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