Magnus is a researcher engaged in investigating interactions between the environment, the economy, and society. He is interested in sustainable exploitation of natural capital to drive development in remote and rural areas, in particular in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.
His recent research has focussed on industrial development as a regional economic driver in the northern periphery and Arctic regions of Europe. He has also worked to map Scottish – Arctic links to aid in the development of a Scottish – Arctic strategy.
In addition to recent work, Magnus has for the last 6 years analysed the socio-economic impact of marine renewable development in the Highlands and Islands and is continually presenting his research with an aim to predict future impact.
Underpinning his research is a passion for not only the Highlands and Islands region and its people but also its environment. Magnus was one of the founding member of the 2050 Climate Group – a charity set up to help empower young people in Scotland to combat climate change. He also teaches across the UHI curriculum in matters related to climate change and renewable energy.