Co-operative Working

Board of Directors
Academic Board / Advisors


Board of Directors

Julia Cartwright
Julia qualified first as a chartered surveyor working in commercial property and then as a psychologist. She holds a BSc in psychology and MSc in Cognitive Neuropsychology. She co- authored The BMJ Wiley Blackwell Patient and Public Involvement Toolkit. She has run various coaching and mentoring and skills development programmes in the public and private sector as well as chairing a community involvement project for the government. Her interests are painting and poetry. She currently lives in the Cevennes National Park in France.

Luke Devlin

Luke currently serves as the Executive Director of the Centre. He has a background in crisis response, homelessness, youth and community work. He is a doctoral researcher at the Intercultural Research Centre, Heriot-Watt University. He also works in faith-based community development and facilitates meditation workshops. He carries out participatory action research with communities across the West of Scotland experiencing food poverty and works alongside them to build grassroots community-led projects that increase social and environmental justice. He lives in Govan, Glasgow. His personal website is

Photo of Ian Grout
Ian Grout

For the past 25 years Ian has been a Design Academic, scholar, researcher, co-creator of the Master of European Design programme and Subject Leader for the MDes programme in Design and Citizenship at the Glasgow School of Art (GSA). Previous to this he has been, in turn, a sailor, postman, workshop technician, wooden yacht builder and an industrial designer creating products for companies in the UK, France, Australia and the United States. At the end of 2019, having come to the realisation that there is an increasing enclosure in our educational institutions to the point where they are no longer serving the best interest of convivial society he resigned his post at GSA to concentrate on creating modes of alternative education beyond the institutional and to seek new ways to work collaboratively in the development of a more agile, active and autonomous lived experience through which we may use our creativity with humility empathy and respect in the prospect of a more just and democratic society. Recently he has also started work with GalGael on new product development and education structures

Gehan Macleod

Mike McCarron

Mike qualified in social work in 1978 and worked in Glasgow statutory settings addressing offending, alcohol and drug problems, community care services and child protection, community development in disadvantaged areas and supporting the voluntary sector.
A spell as full-time councillor, also active at the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities during the late 1990’s, was followed by 10 years involvement in the development and implementation of Scotland’s Drug Strategy.

Stuart Platt

Stuart Platt is a sometimes filmmaker, photographer, journalist & composer based in Scotland.

Paul Stevens


Paul Stevens is a nature-inspired hypnotherapist, writer, and researcher exploring the ecology of Self: the many relationships we each form with our physical surroundings. After a BSc in Astronomy, he went on to complete a PhD in Psychology with the University of Edinburgh in 1997. Since then, he has developed his expertise in ecopsychology, states of consciousness, non-sensory human-environment interaction (e.g., the effects of magnetic fields), and how all these areas relate to wellbeing. Paul’s articles have been published in a variety of scholarly journals, and he both lectures and facilitates workshops on various ecopsychological topics. He lives with his partner in the Peak District.


Anne Winther

Anne facilitates rural community wellbeing, as a researcher, writer, project manager and activist. Her background is diverse as a scientist, analyst, outdoor educator and project and change manager across life sciences, the oil industry, financial services, and the third and public sectors.  Anne has an MSc in Environmental Management and a PhD in in Sustainable Development (University of Stirling).  She is a Community Councillor, Chair of a local charity and is an active member of CAMINA, Learning for Sustainability Scotland, Participatory Geographies Research Group, Scottish Rural Actionand U.Lab Scotland.  After 10 years researching the sustainability of rural communities, Anne is now freelance with a portfolio of projects encompassing action and social research, community transformation, fund-raising, social justice and critical education.

Academic Board / Advisers


Ulcabb4  Ulrich Loening

Dr Ulrich Loening has a BA and D.Phil in biochemistry from Oxford, and continued a typical research and teaching career dealing with protein synthesis and nucleic acids, in the Departments of Botany and then Zoology in the University of Edinburgh from 1959 to about 1989. He developed various electrophoretic methods for analysis of  RNA and its processing and transport to the cytoplasm and confirmed the emerging idea that plant chloroplasts evolved from symbiosis with blue-green algae – natural genetic engineering.
Following long-held interests, starting with natural history, gardening and farming as a kid,   he became more and more involved with society’s ecological impacts.  He helped to prevent closure in 1976 of the recently founded (Waddington 1972) Centre for Human Ecology (CHE), became its Director in 1984, and retired in 1995. In CHE he organised numerous workshops and lecture series on human ecological impacts and co-founded energy conservation organisations, organic farming bodies and a small “sustainable forest” timber company.
With his wife Francesca he converted two historic buildings towards eco-sustainable living. He plays the cello.



 AlastairMcIntoshAlastair McIntosh

Alastair McIntosh is a Fellow and former director of the Centre for Human Ecology. His involvement began in 1990 when he developed the masters programme in Edinburgh University with Ulrich Loening. For the past seven years he has lived with his wife, Vérène Nicolas, in the Greater Govan area of Glasgow drawn there by the GalGael Trust of which he is a founding director. Originally from the Isle of Lewis, his books include Soil and Soul, Rekindling Community and Hell and High Water: Climate Change, Hope and the Human Condition. His writing has been described as “world-changing” by George Monbiot, “wonderful and inspiring” by Starhawk, “profoundly important” by Michael Russell the Scottish Government’s Minister for Education, and “truly mental” by Thom Yorke of Radiohead. He holds a BSc from the University of Aberdeen, an MBA from the University of Edinburgh and a PhD by published works in liberation theology, community empowerment and land reform from the University of Ulster. In 2006 he was appointed Visiting Professor in Human Ecology at the University of Strathclyde, an honorary role that continues until 2012. He guest lectures to community groups, universities, and on programmes including WWF International’s One Planet Leaders, the World Council of Churches’ Decade for Overcoming Violence, and the UK Defence Academy’s Advanced Command & Staff Course.


david-miller-27820-0017  David Miller

David is Professor of Sociology at the Univesity of Bath and an investigative social researcher. David helped to facilitate the (temporary) attachment of CHE to the University of Strathclyde.  A learning experience for all involved!
David is a co-founder of Public Interest Investigations a non profit company that is behind the websites and



Michael Northcott

Michael is Professor of Ethics in the University of Edinburgh. He is best known for his research and writing on the ethical and theological implications of climate change and the ecological crisis. He has authored or edited ten books and over eighty research papers. He has been visiting professor at  Claremont School of Theology, Dartmouth College, Duke University, Flinders University, Melbourne University, and the University of Malaya. He is also an Episcopal Priest and in that capacity helps out in rural churches in Dumfrieshire where he also has a smallholding and enjoys mountain biking and hill running.



 Alison Phipps

Alison’s research interests focus on languages and intercultural studies, with a particular critical concern for the different ways in which people learn to live and communicate together by stepping outside comfortable or familiar contexts. This is human ecological work. It draws on the resources of social and cultural anthropology, theatre and cultural studies, theology, law, modern languages and education. Her Ph.D. research and ethnographic training focused on open air community theatre in Germany. She has continued ethnographic work among tourists, modern language students, adult learners of tourist languages, in conflict zones and among sanctuary and asylum seekers, refugees and befrienders. At present she is developing research on languages and intercultural advocacy with asylum seekers and refugees; and through intercultural workshops on education for peace and non-violence with a growing focus on constructions of faith and on the contribution of theological perspectives. She is a published poet and brings poetic approaches to bear on much of my work. She co-convenes the Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network, a knowledge exchange research network based at the University of Glasgow.


  Arran Stibbe

Arran is a reader in ecological linguistics at the University of Gloucestershire where he teaches ecolinguistics, ethics and language, the discursive construction of reality and communication for leadership. His research in ecolinguistics looks at how language shapes the world around us – how some discourses encourage consumerism and ecological destruction while others promote social justice and care for the more-than-human world. His book Animals erased: discourse, ecology and reconnection with the natural world was published in 2012 by Wesleyan University Press. Arran also has an interest in educational issues and edited The handbook of sustainability literacy: skills for a changing world, where over forty educators reflect on the skills that students need to face the challenges of the 21st century. He advises the Higher Education Academy on Education for Sustainable Development, taking a critical stance towards the concept of sustainability, and received a National Teaching Fellowship in 2009. He is founder of the Language and Ecology Research Forum (


Nick Wilding

Nick gained his doctorate at the University of Bath Management School Centre for Action Research in Professional Practice (CARPP), his thesis inquiring into ways large scale learning architectures can support the emergence of community resilience in places and across communities of interest. This action research largely focused on learning from Nick‘s time at Carnegie Trust where he developed a multi-hub Community of Practice for rural resilience pioneers across the UK and Republic or Ireland. Nick is currently leading the development of an initiative called Skilled Workers, Skilled Citizens for the Scottish Leaders Forum, a gathering of the CEOs of all of Scotland’s public service organisations.
Nick has been a Fellow of CHE since graduating with distinction from the MSc at Edinburgh University in 1995. Nick co-ordinated the CHE as the organisation established itself as an independently accredited body of the Open University to deliver a revised Masters course from 2000, and after eighteen months volunteering with development projects across Asia and Australasia, co-led the core programme of the course until 2008, as well as developing an option in Action Research. Nick worked with Verene Nicolas to bring Training for Transformation to Scotland in 2003-5 and developed a facilitation and action research consultancy bringing systemic action research and action inquiry to private and public sector clients until he joined Carnegie UK trust in 2008.


CHE graduate Adam Weymouth recently wrote a piece for the Guardian’s Face to Faith series, about the old lost art of hospitality, which he encountered and rediscovered on his journey through Turkey.


The Centre for Human Ecology is an independent academic institute, network, registered cooperative, and registered charity based in Glasgow, Scotland, with an international membership of graduates and fellows. It exists to stimulate and support fundamental change towards ecological and social justice through education, action and research, drawing on a holistic, multidisciplinary understanding of environmental and social systems.