Associate membership of the IRC is open to scholars from outside Heriot-Watt University who are collaborators in one or more of the IRC's projects, or work on projects of their own that are particularly relevant to the IRC's research programme. This includes Visiting Professors and other visiting researchers who are spending some time at the university, for example on sabbatical.
Dr Liam Campbell (Cultural Heritages; Economy as Culture & Human Ecology)
Liam Campbell holds a BD from Maynooth and masters degrees in philosophy, theology and rural development. His PhD research at the University of Ulster developed an interdisciplinary, bioregional perspective on the cultural landscapes of nortwest Ireland. Now employed as a heritage officer, he has previously worked as a priest, researcher and television documentary producer throughout Ireland and beyond.
Dr Mike Gulliver (Culture, Politics and the Arts)
Although Mike Gulliver has a general affiliation with geography, he has a wide-ranging background. That makes him particularly interested in the critical potential of cross-disciplinary work. His primary focus has been on the construction, communication and performance of human identities. He has explored this at different scales, through academic lenses including: linguistics / sociolinguistics / nationalism (1990 – 1995); interpreting and translation (1996 – 1999); Deaf Studies (2000 – 2003); historical Deaf geographies and Deaf space (2005 – 2009); Utopian Studies and Deaf geographies (2010 – 2013).
Dr Mairi McFadyen (Cultural Heritages; Economy as Culture & Human Ecology)
Mairi McFadyen is a Teaching Research Assistant in Scottish Cultural Heritage at the Dept of Celtic & Scottish Studies (University of Edinburgh). Mairi has a particular interest in the Scottish traditional arts and their role and value as 'living culture' in the modern world. Her PhD explored the embodied experience of traditional narrative song and the 'ballad imagination.' A short postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities (University of Edinburgh) explored the relationship between place, local culture and storytelling and focused on the ideas of the Scottish cultural ecologist Patrick Geddes. Thinking through the broader themes of cultural ecology, sustainability and cultural democracy, she is keen to develop new approaches for a radical ethnology.
Dr Alastair McIntosh (Economy as Culture & Human Ecology)
Alastair McIntosh is an independent scholar, activist, writer, speaker and broadcaster from the Isle of Lewis with a wide range of academic connections that have included a visiting professorship at the University of Strathclyde and a fellowship at the University of Ulster. As well as an Associate Member of the IRC, he is currently an Honorary Senior Fellow in the College of Social Sciences at the University of Glasgow, a Fellow of the Schumacher Society and a Research Fellow at the School of Divinity (New College), University of Edinburgh. Other roles include serving as a founding director of the GalGael Trust in Govan and as as special advisor to the Board of the the Centre for Human Ecology (CHE) of which he was once the director.