Dr Andrew Samuel has been at Abertay for some twenty years during which he has been Academic Staff representative on University Court for two terms - 2007 to 2013 and Served as President of the University of Abertay Dundee Branch of the University and College Union (ADUCU) from 2005 to 2014. Academically He has taken an active role in the British Sociological Society, organising their Scottish Study Group, and has been Director and Chair of the Centre for Human Ecology. Currently, he takes an active role in Scottish Politics, particularly land reform.
He has a PhD in the Sociology of Science from the University of Lancaster, and an MA in Politics and Sociology from Edinburgh University
Taught Modules Include: ‘Sociology of Rural Life and the Countryside’, ‘Visualizing the Environmental’ ‘Sport and Society’, ‘Science and Society’, Reading Sociology, Research Methods 1’, Research Methods 2’, ‘Research Methods 3’ ‘Environmental Management’, ‘Environmental Project Management’ & ‘Contemporary Sociology and New Scotland’ (all taught at
Dr Samuel also experience in experiential pedagogy, having led and organised field trips for a variety of educational organizations. These include:
He currently is Module Tutor on the Elective, Evironmental Sustainability and Global citizenship.
Dr Samuel's research interests are based on some fifteen years academic experience, in which he has engaged analytically with the creation of a sustainable and integrated environmental policy for Scotland. This research agenda emerged primarily through his PhD research at Lancaster University and the successful completion of five funded research projects at the University of Abertay Dundee. Briefly, his doctoral thesis, entitled: Science as Practice: Conserving Scotland's Natural Heritage, engaged with land management in rural Scotland and the creation of Scottish Natural Heritage (the first organization in the UK to embrace sustainability as a guiding principal). His current position as Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Abertay has allowed him to further his interdisciplinary interests in Scotland's developing environmental and sustainability agendas, specialisig in analysing sustainable land management techniques and practices, on the Country's West coast. In consolidating and further developing this research agenda, He has developed a particular nuanced understanding of environmental, social and economic barriers to the implementation of participatory, inclusive and sustainable environmental policy and strategies.
Samuel, A. (2006), 'Island Life in Scotland: Contextualised', in Skinner and Mills (eds.) Managing Island Life: Social, Economic and Political Dimensions of Formality and Informality (Dundee: University of Abertay Dundee Press).
Samuel, A. (2004), Research Report - The Integrated Management of Incongruently Valued Land: The Case of the Small Isles Archipelago in Scotland
Samuel, A. (2002), Research Report - The Interrelationship of National Symbols and Landowners' Power.
Samuel, A. (2001), 'Rum: Nature and Community in Harmony', in ECOS A Review of Conservation, 22(1).
Samuel, A. (2000), 'Cultural Symbols and Landowners' Power: The Practice of Managing Scotland's Natural Heritage', in Sociology, Vol. 34, No. 4, pp. 691-706.
Samuel, A. (2000), 'Representation', in Readers Guide to the History of Science, London, Fitzroy Dearborn, pp. 647-48.
Samuel, A. (ed.) (1999), The BSA's Scottish Study Group's News, Vol. 1, No. 1.
Samuel, A. (1997), 'Absolute Heritage: A Reply to Andy Wightman', in ECOS Vol. 18, No.1.
Samuel, A. (1998), 'An Integrated Conservation Policy for Scotland: A Rhetoric which Belies Practice', in Scottish Affairs, Vol. 23, pp. 93 - 107.
Samuel, A. (ed.) (1999), The BSA's Scottish Study Group's News, Vol. 1, No1.
Samuel, A. (1997), Book review Entomology, Ecology and Agriculture: The Making of Scientific Careers in North America 1885 - 1985 (Oalladino, 1996), for British Journal for the History of Science.
Samuel, A. (1995), 'Conference Report: Designating the Spokesperson for Science and its Social Standing' in Technoscience, Vol. 8, No. 1, pp. 17-19.
Centre for Human Ecology, Chair, Course Committee, 2005 to 2006
Centre for Human Ecology, Course Committee Member, 2004 to 2005
Centre for Human Ecology, Academic Board Member, 2002 to 2004.
British Sociological Association’s Scottish Studies Group Convenor, April 1998 to 2003
British Sociological Association’s Scottish Forum, Executive Member 2002
British Sociological Association’s Scottish Committee, Executive Member, October 1998 to 2002
Participant in ‘Wilderness Britain: Social and Environmental Perspectives on Recreation and Conservation’, ESRC Seminar Series, May 1999 to June 2001.