Jamie Scott Baxter

Jamie Scott Baxter joined the IRS in October 2017 as a doctoral candidate in the department of  “Dynamics of Communication, Knowledge and Spatial Development”. Baxter is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow and part of the project "Social Entrepreneurship in Structurally Weak Rural Regions – Analysing Innovative Troubleshooters in Action" (RurAction). 

Baxter is a registered architect in the U.K and as a practitioner his work - which has led to a number of regional and national awards - has focused on urban, and more recently, rural spatial development projects in structurally weak regions in England. Alongside practice, Jamie has taught as a senior lecturer in London architecture schools where he developed a teaching and learning program integrating practice, research and participatory design with communities and students addressing localised, socio-spatial challenges and opportunities.   

His research interests include, participatory design in spatial development, social innovation in rural regions and mapping tools and methodologies as a means of recording space and problem solving. Jamie’s PhD thesis considers how social innovation spreads through 3 case study regions in Europe, including: Uckermark (Germany);  Mühlviertel (Austria); and Alentejo (Portugal), and asks, which tools social entrepreneurs have to accelerate and extend the spatial reach of social innovations within these regions, and internationally.  

Baxter graduated from the Glasgow School of Art, Macintosh School of Architecture with a Bachelors degree in Architecture  (RIBA part I), and went on to receive a Professional Diploma in Architecture (RIBA II) and Professional Practice in Architecture (Part III) from London Metropolitan University, Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design. He co-founded and sat on the board of a local civil society organisation which went on to become a registered charity and shortlisted for the Small Charity of the Year Award in 2010. The organisation’s mission was to rejuvenate, maintain and upgrade a declining community space in an inner city east London neighbourhood.  The space since won a number of local and national awards for its landscape design, urban design and community participation.   

Projects

Ongoing Third-party Funded Projects

Rural regions – to be understood as areas with a low population density spanning between the local and the state level – are faced with major social and economic problems. In comparison to ‘predominantly urban’ or ‘intermediate’ regions, ‘predominantly rural’ regions, and particularly structurally weak rural regions, are economically less productive, which finds expression by a low level of gross domestic product . They provide a less extensive scope of desired goods and services, opportunities for higher education and qualified job offers. Not least, they are faced with recurring negative discourses on rural problems in public media resulting in negative images. The RURACTION research and training network focuses on these problems in structurally weak rural regions in Europe and on the impact of social entrepreneurship regarding the development of innovative solutions. more info

Ongoing Qualification Projects

The following project starts from the assumption that space is not an inert, background category. Instead, like time, it is performed through specific intra-actions with/in practices (Barad, 2007). This presents a challenge; how to grasp practices intended to change space, such as those in social innovation and territorial transformation which are simultaneously affected by the spaces, or spatialities that they enter? It is in this entangled more-than-human performativity which my research engages. more info

Selected Publications by Year

2020
Baxter, J. S., Chatzichristos , G., Christmann, G., Hennebry, B., Kovanen, S., Novikova, M., ... Umantseva , A. (2020). The RurAction Network: Social Enterprises in Structurally Weak Rural Regions: Innovative Troubleshooters in Action: Handbook for Practitioners . (IRS Dialog; Vol. 2020, No. 6). Erkner: Leibniz-Institut für Raumbezogene Sozialforschung.
2019
Baxter, J. S. (2019). Reconfiguring Teaching/Learning/Action/Research: Apparatus for Socio- Spatial Transformation with/in Disadvantaged Rural Regions. 661-678. Paper presented at 2019 AESOP Annual Congress, Venedig, Italy.

Selected Publications by Type

Conference Paper
Baxter, J. S. (2019). Reconfiguring Teaching/Learning/Action/Research: Apparatus for Socio- Spatial Transformation with/in Disadvantaged Rural Regions. 661-678. Paper presented at 2019 AESOP Annual Congress, Venedig, Italy.
Working Paper, Discussion Paper
Baxter, J. S., Chatzichristos , G., Christmann, G., Hennebry, B., Kovanen, S., Novikova, M., ... Umantseva , A. (2020). The RurAction Network: Social Enterprises in Structurally Weak Rural Regions: Innovative Troubleshooters in Action: Handbook for Practitioners . (IRS Dialog; Vol. 2020, No. 6). Erkner: Leibniz-Institut für Raumbezogene Sozialforschung.

Talks

2020
The emergence, spread and impact of social innovations in rural development practices – results from the RurAction project

Social Entrepreneurship and Social Innovations in Rural Regions

September/22/2020
International Web Conference

2019
How and under which conditions does social innovation spatial spread

RurAction Autumn Skills Seminar 2019

September/05/2019
University College Cork, Cork, Ireland

Performative dynamics in social innovation

14th ESA Conference

August/20/2019
Manchester, United Kingdom

Mapping the spatial spread of social innovation in/between disadvantaged rural regions

2019 AESOP Annual Congress

July/11/2019
Venedig, Italy

Reconfiguring teaching/learning/research in socio-spatial transformation

2019 AESOP Annual Congress

July/10/2019
Venedig, Italy

Entangled Agencies: A mapping method for researching social innovation

IRS Spring Academy 2019

June/05/2019
Leibniz-Institut für Raumbezogene Sozialforschung, Erkner, Germany

Entangled agencies: A mapping method for social innovation research

RurAction Spring School 2019

March/12/2019
Roskilde University, Roskilde, Denmark

2018
We’re all in it together: Social Innovation Assemblages in Disadvantaged Rural Regions

Räumliche Transformation: Prozesse, Konzepte und Forschungsdesigns

May/23/2018
Leibnizhaus Hannover, Hannover, Germany

Jamie Scott Baxter in the Media

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(BBC Scotland News, 09/22/2020)