Writer and Researcher, representing the Scottish Green Party
Andy Wightman is a writer and researcher on land rights, governance and land reform. Over the past 20 years he has undertaken a wide range of work on land tenure, landownership, land reform and, more recently community land rights, governance and the hegemonic dimensions of land relations. His books include Who Owns Scotland (1996), Community Land Rights, A Citizen’s Guide (2009) and The Poor Had No Lawyers (2010).
He has a particular interest in the relationship between land & property, governance, power and finance and is the author of three studies of land value taxation, the latest being a joint study with Professor Ronan Lyons of Trinity College, Dublin, on how it might be introduced in Northern Ireland. He is currently (until 30 March 2015) a Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee’s Inquiry into Land Reform. His popular blog is at www.andywightman.com. He lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.