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Rhona McLaren

Rhona McLaren

BSc (Hons), MSc


2013 - Present
PhD Candidate, University of St Andrews

Provisional title: 'Transitioning to a low carbon Scotland: what is the role of community benefits from developers to communities?'

MSc Sustainable Development, University of St Andrews
Dissertation topic: 'Public and Tourist Attitudes: University of St Andrews Wind Farm.'

BSc (Hons) Biology, University of Dundee, Scotland


Scottish Government Intern, Communities and Analytical Services, The Scottish Government
Project: Heating Behaviour and Cost of Fuel: Survey Data Analysis

2013 – 2016
Editorial Assistant, Social and Environmental Accountability Journal, Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research (CSEAR)

2010 – 2013
Research Assistant, School of Management & St Andrews Sustainability Institute

Research interests

Sustainable development, community, energy, energy justice, community benefits funds, organisations, philanthropy, renewable energy, public policy, sustainability science.


2013 – present
Tutor: MN1001 Orgnisations and Society

2014 – present
Tutor: MN1002 Organisations and Analysis

November 2014
Assistant for ESRC Festival of Social Science day: Ir/Responsible Enterprise: People, Planet and Profit with Dr Ruth Woodfield, School of Management.

2015, 2017
Guest Lecturer, Mount Royal University (Canada)
Contributing to 'Sustainability in a National Parks' Scotland fieldtrip programme.


Future Connections 2012 (Organising Committee), University of St Andrews
(Inaugural national conference for Sustainable Development Doctoral Students in Scotland)

Future Connections 2013, Edinburgh (Universities of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt)

25th CSEAR International Congress on Social and Environmental Accounting Research, St Andrews

26th CSEAR International Congress on Social and Environmental Accounting Research, St Andrews

Inaugural Conference on Ethics, Sustainability and Accountability, School of Management, University of St Andrews.

Scholarships and Grants

2013 – 2017
600th Anniversary PhD Scholarship and a full fee waiver (University of St Andrews)


Future Connections Conference, Co-organiser.

£3,400 from: Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society (SAGES), CAPOD Gradskills Innovation Award, Schools of Management and Geography & Geosciences, St Andrews Sustainability Institute.
with Lucy Anderson, Rod Bain, Rebecca Folly and Alex Gnanapragasam.


Professor Jan Bebbington
Ms Lorna Stevenson


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