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Alastair McIntosh (born 1955) is a Scottish writer, academic and activist, his most well known work is Soil and Soul: People Versus Corporate Power (Aurum Press, 2001). In 2006 he published his collected poetry, Love and Revolution (Luath Press). His book on the psychology and spirituality underlying climate change was published in June 2008 - 'Hell and High Water: Climate Change, Hope and the Human Condition' - described by Michael Russell MSP, Minister for the Environment in the Scottish Government as "a profoundly important book, just as Soil and Soul was a profoundly important book." In autumn 2008 he publishes 'Rekindling Community: Connecting People, Envirnoment and Spirituality' as a Schumacher Briefing endorsed by WWF International.

He was brought up in Leurbost on the Isle of Lewis and is married to Vérène Nicolas. He is involved with Scottish land reform especially on Eigg and campaigned successfully against the Harris superquarry in Lingerbay. He is a fellow of the Centre for Human Ecology, an Honorary Fellow of the Schumacher Society and helped to set up the Govan based GalGael Trust of which he is Treasurer and a non-executive director. In 2006 he was appointed to the honorary position of Visiting Professor of Human Ecology at the University of Strathclyde (Department of Geography & Sociology) - the first such post in Human ecology in a Scottish university.

He holds a BSc in Geography, submajoring in moral philosophy and psychology from the University of Aberdeen (1977), a financial MBA from the University of Edinburgh (1981), and in 2008 the Academy of Irish Cultural Heritages (of which he is a Visiting Fellow) at the University of Ulster approved the award of PhD by Published Work based on a short thesis linking 'Soil and Soul' and twelve supporting publications presented with a short linking thesis, 'Some Contributions of Liberation Theology to Community Empowerment in Scottish Land Reform 1991-2003'. Parts of this will find publication in autumn 2008 as Schumacher Briefing No. 15 - 'Rekindling Community'.

Alastair also features of Nizlopi's mini album 'Extraordinary' on the track titled 'Homage To Young Men'.


  • Healing Nationhood: Essays on Spirituality, Place and Community, Curlew Productions, May 2000, ISBN 1900259958
  • Soil and Soul: People versus Corporate Power, Aurum Press, Oct 2001, ISBN 1854109421
  • Love and Revolution: Collected Poetry, Luath Press, September 2006, ISBN 1905222580
  • Hell and High Water: Climate Change, Hope and the Human Condition, Birlinn, June 2008, ISBN 1841586226

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