Dr Fiona Borthwick (Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy)

R(S)SVS Director of Post Graduate Teaching; Programme Director for MSc in Global Food Security and Nutrition


Fiona has a PhD in Environmental Science and Policy from Central European University - her dissertation focused on the international approaches to environmental management in post conflict regions of South Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus. She has taught environmental management and Environmental Impact Assessment for over 10 years at Scotlands Rural College (SRUC) and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Her interest in social networks and behaviour change and conflict led her to focusing on issues of food security and sustainable agriculture. Fiona has used her research on social network analysis and behaviour change models to investigate barriers to sustainable agriculture innovations, Integrated Pest Management, and the links between sustainable agriculture and diets. She was Programme Director of the campus-based MSc in Food Security at SRUC/University of Edinburgh for 5 years, and chaired the Professional Certificate in Strategic Food Security Planning for the International Centre for Parliamentary Studies in 2014 and 2017.