School of GeoSciences

School of GeoSciences

Anastasia Yang Msc Bsc (hons) Webpage

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I am interested in the human dimensions of environmental change and sustainability. I have a particular interest in wildlife conservation and rural development and how the two might be mutually inclusive.


I am currently a second year PhD student in the Department of Geosciences at the University of Edinburgh. I have been based in Edinburgh for the last three years after coming here initially to complete my Msc Environment and Development. I have previously worked as a researcher on an overseas expedition to Madagascar and more recently as a field research assistant in Malawi. I have spent three years teaching English and Environmental Science at universities in North and South China. I have gained many essential field, research and laboratory skills throughout my studies and work experience, that can be applied to environmental, developmental and ecological issues.

Current Research

Evaluating the effectiveness of Scottish Rural Development policy in meeting environmental objectives. This research is part of the European Commission funded FP7 project SPARD (spatial analysis of rural development measures which aims to help policy-makers understand the causal relationships between rural development measures and their consequences in a spatial dimension.


Professor Mark D.A. Rounsevell BSc, PhD, David Kinloch Michie Chair of Rural Economy and Environmental Sustainability; Head of Centre for Environmental Change & Sustainability
Dr Claire Haggett, Sociology, School of Social and Political Science

Contact Details

Anastasia Silburn/Yang
Room: G.22
Address:Drummond Library,
Surgeon's Square,
Drummond Street,
Phone: +44 (0) 131 651 4466
FAX: +44 (0) 131 650 2524