About this Journal

Northern Scotland is an established scholarly journal that has been in existence since 1972. Initially produced by the University of Aberdeen, it was relaunched latterly by the UHI Centre for History and Aberdeen University. Since 2016, its institutional supporters have been UHI, the Centre for Scotland’s Land Futures and Centre for Scottish Culture. It is a fully peer-reviewed publication whose editorial board, contributors, reviewers and referees are drawn from a wide range of experts across the world. While it carries material of a mainly historical nature, from the earliest times to the modern era, it is a cross-disciplinary publication, which also addresses cultural, economic, political and geographical themes relating to the Highlands and Islands and the north-east of Scotland. It contains substantial articles and book reviews, as well as interviews and reports of research projects in progress. It actively supports cutting edge and early career work, in all relevant disciplines, via its annual essay competition, 'The rising star essay in land futures', which showcases the best new work being pursued today.

Centre for History, UHI: https://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/research-enterprise/cultural/centre-for-history 

Centre for Scotland’s Land Futures: www.scotlandslandfutures.org 

Centre for Scottish Culture: https://dundeescottishculture.org/ 

A complete index to the first series of Northern Scotland from volume 1 (1972-3) is available here.

Editors and Editorial Board


Dr Karen Lowing, University of Hull
Dr Matt McDowell, University of Edinburgh

Reviews Editor

Dr Linda Ross

Please send books for review to: 
Dr Linda Ross, 76 Netherlee Road, Glasgow, G44 3YX.

Management Committee & Editorial Board

Dr Paul Basu (SOAS, University of London)
Dr Ingeborg Birnie, Chair (University of Strathclyde)
Dr Kathryn Burnett (University of the West of Scotland)
Professor Monojit Chatterji (Heriot-Watt University and University of Cambridge)
Dr Hugh Cheape (University of the Highlands and Islands)
Dr Margaret Connell-Szasz (University of New Mexico)
Dr Karen Cullen (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology)
Dr David Ditchburn (Trinity College Dublin)
Professor Rob Dunbar (University of the Highlands and Islands)
Professor Elizabeth Ewan (University of Guelph)
Professor Marjory Harper (University of Aberdeen)
Professor Andrew Jennings (University of the Highlands and Islands)
Dr Karen Lowing, Editor (University of Hull)
Dr Alastair Macdonald, (University of Aberdeen)
Dr Iain MacInnes (University of the Highlands and Islands)
Dr Matt McDowell, Editor (University of Edinburgh)
Professor Joerg Rogge (University of Mainz)
Dr Linda Ross, Reviews Editor
Dr Annie Tindley, Co-Chair, (Newcastle University)
Dr David Worthington (University of the Highlands and Islands)
Dr Kathrin Zickermann (University of the Highlands and Islands)


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Northern Scotland

Print ISSN: 0306-5278 Online ISSN: 2042-2717
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