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Short Profile  of Alastair McIntosh – updated August 2021

May be adapted for publicity purposes


Alastair McIntosh (Scotland) has been described by BBC TV as “one of the world’s leading environmental campaigners.” A pioneer of modern land reform in Scotland, he helped bring the Isle of Eigg into community ownership. On the Isle of Harris he negotiated withdrawal of the world’s biggest cement company (Lafarge) from a devastating “superquarry” plan. He then served, unpaid to avoid conflicts of interest, on the company’s Sustainability Stakeholders Panel for 10 years to help further corporate social and environmental responsibility.  

Alastair guest lectures on nonviolence at military staff colleges including,for over two decades, on some of the UK Defence Academy's most senior courses. His books include Soil and Soul: People versus Corporate Power (Aurum), Spiritual Activism: Leadership as Service (Green Books), Poacher’s Pilgrimage: an Island Journey (Birlinn 2016, Cascade USA 2018) and Riders on the Storm (Birlinn 2020) which was long-listed for the Wainwright Prize in Global Conservation 2021. A Quaker with an interfaith outlook, focusing much of his work around spirituality, he lives in Glasgow with his wife, Véréne Nicolas. There he is a founding trustee of the GalGael Trust which works with with poverty, community and human potential, and an honorary professor in the College of Social Sciences at the University of Glasgow.

His website is www.AlastairMcIntosh.com and Twitter @alastairmci. For photos that can be used for publicity purposes see here, his public itinerary with a rough idea of availability here, the suggested basis on which he speaks or teaches at events here, and contact details here.



[Alastair McIntosh short CV (2 pages updated to January 2018)] 

[Alastair McIntosh academic CV (10 pages updated to March 2013)]  

[Photos of me and Vérène (and book covers) for professional media download]


Photo-albums and Article Illustrations (no longer kept up to date)
  1. Photos for professional media download

  2. General Photos for general viewing - updated 7-6-06

  3. Photo Essay - The Return of the Summit of Mt Roineabhal, 2005

  4. Campaign memorabilia and cartoons - updated 7-6-06

  5. 1970's photos from Papua New Guinea illustrating publications

  6. 1980's photos from South Pacific illustrating publications

  7. Stone Eagle at Mount Roineabhal during superquarry campaign

  8. Gulf War photos and cartoons pertaining to The GulfWatch Papers

  9. Gallaher cigarette advertisements illustrating "Eros & Thanatos" paper

  10. Pictures of Russian Academy of Sciences seminars

  11. Russian iconography, including St Andrew pictures