Dr Issie MacPhail
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Issie MacPhail is a Research Fellow at The University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) Division of Health Research, Rural Health & Wellbeing. Her PhD in Human Geography was completed at The University of Wales, Lampeter - now a Geography School in diaspora. She currently works on the Connected Communities funded project, Representing Communities. Issie has a significant track record in ‘action research’ methods and was a Scottish Community Action Fund (SCARF) Mentor throughout the life of this programme (2002 – 2009). Her research interests include crofting, the role of culture in development, community land ownership, histories of the development industry, the production of historical knowledge and contemporary and historical representations of the Highlands and Highlanders. She has been an Honorary Research Fellow at The School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow, since 2001. Issie has worked extensively with artists and craftworkers in the past decade and has created, curated and co-produced a number of ground-breaking cultural events in the Scottish Highlands and Islands. In 2011 she was awarded an 18 month Wingate Scholarship to further her study of notions of ‘tradition’ and their place in contemporary social movements and community development. She is currently involved in the Representing Cromarty project and continues to lecture, at postgraduate level, at the UHI Centre for History.