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I qualified initially as an economist with particular interests in resource management. After practicing as development economist in Africa, I taught development and resource economics and project appraisal techniques in St. Andrews, before accepting the opportunity to create a new accredited degree programme in environmental management at the University of Dundee, within Town and Regional Planning. I have an active research commitment to a range of issues related to sustainable resource development and management. As part of the establishment of our environmental management degree, I vigorously promoted international linkages to serve as comparable benchmarks for our teaching and research efforts in environmental management. In 1994, I established our exchange programme with Canada's newest university, the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George. This continues to provide excellent opportunities for student exchanges and collaborative research programmes. Research collaboration with Australasia's largest academic planning department in the University of Auckland, New Zealand, is also currently being actively developed.
Graduating in economics at Cambridge, I won a Ministry of Overseas Development postgraduate studentship to take an MSc in Agricultural Economics at Reading before taking up a post in resource management and development in the Government of Malawi. Appointed the initial Stanley Smith Senior Fellow in Political Economy at the University of St. Andrews, I subsequently took a tenured lecturing post there before being appointed senior lecturer and initial programme director of the University of Dundee's accredited environmental management degree, which I set up.
My professional offices include chairman of the National Council of the Institution of Economic Development (2002-04) and of The Claverhouse Group (2002- ), a major Dundee-based not-for-profit training and environmental services provider. I have also served two terms as an elected member of a Scottish regional authority and while at St. Andrews I established a spin-off consultancy in economic impact assessment.
Academic: BA (Hons) Cantab Economics Tripos 1967 First Class Honours MSc Reading Agricultural Economics
Professional: Member of the Institution of Economic Development Member of the Institute for Learning and Teaching
These cover the theoretical and applied analysis of sustainable resource management and local and regional economic development. Recent papers have evaluated the effectiveness of policy instruments to this end, involving the use of policy impact appraisal, economic impact analysis, sustainability appraisal, and project-based and strategic environmental assessment.
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