Hi – my name is Kirsten and I am an islander and islands researcher.

I have worked and volunteered for a number of island projects over the years – from housing and energy to tourism and the arts. When the opportunity unexpectedly came along to study for a PhD looking at balanced and sustainable populations in Scotland’s islands I couldn’t wait to get started!

I am mainly based in my home island of Jura, in the Inner Hebrides, but am regularly in Aberdeen meeting with my supervisors from the University of Aberdeen and the James Hutton Institute.

My research

For my PhD I am exploring the connections people have with Scotland’s islands and whether this can help contribute to building sustainable and balanced populations on the islands. As part of my research I am interested in speaking to:

  • people who have lived on a Scottish island before but now live elsewhere;
  • people who have other long-term connections with the Scottish islands;
  • people who have returned to live on a Scottish island.

If that sounds like you and you would like to find out more about becoming involved with my research please take a look at the My Research section this website.