Bill Slee worked at the James Hutton Institute as Head of the Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences research group until 2013 and then as a senior research scientist until July 2015. He is now an Honorary Research Fellow of the Institute. He was previously a senior lecturer in the University of Aberdeen and Director and Research Professor of Rural Economy at the Countryside and Community Research Unit at the University of Gloucestershire, where he retains a visiting chair.
Bill's principal research interests are the socio-economic dimensions of land based and wider socioeconomic adjustment and change in rural economies of developed countries. He is currently working on social innovation in rural areas, climate change related issues, water quality, farm adjustment and rural development and has worked extensively in exploring the economic impacts of forestry, the restructuring and transformation of the farm sector, the impact of new food supply chains on rural development, the evaluation of LEADER, land reform and rural tourism and recreation. Bill is still active in European Horizon 2020 projects.