Professor Tavis Potts

Professor Tavis Potts
Professor Tavis Potts
Professor Tavis Potts

Personal Chair, Dean for Environmental Sustainability

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+44 (0)1224 273837
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University of Aberdeen
Department of Geography and Environment

St Marys Building

Elphinstone Road

Aberdeen  AB24 3UF

School of Geosciences
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Professor Tavis Potts is a Personal Chair in Sustainable Development and Environmental Governance. Prof. Potts interests include understanding just transitions and the social dimensions of climate and energy; marine resource governance and planning; participatory and community-based approaches to managing natural capital; and the political economy of environmental policy and decision-making. 


Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships

Dean for Environmental Sustainability 

University Sustainability Committee 

External Memberships

Aberdeen City Council Net Zero Delivery Unit 

Aberdeenshire Council Climate Ready Aberdeenshire Board 


Research Overview

Professor Tavis Potts research includes: 

  • Understanding the relationships between people, place and planet. 
  • Understanding, evaluating and progressing social, environmental and energy justice. 
  • Critically evaluating 'Just Transitions' within Net Zero and deepening societal engagement around energy transition. 
  • Applying participatory approaches to natural capital and ecosystem services. 
  • Developing participatory and survey-based approaches to understanding social values on the environment;
  • Critical perspectives on the emergence and effectiveness of the blue economy from international to local scales


Funding and Grants

Selected Grants 

  • Interreg EU. SEATRACES 2019-2021 (£250k). 
  • University of Aberdeen Impact Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation award (2017 10k)
  • British Council Peru - Researcher Links Grants. Advancing Green Growth in Peru: A spotlight on tourism, transport and the blue economy (2016, £32k).
  • Royal Geographic Society of Edinburgh and Natural Science Foundation of China. Mapping Coastal Ecosystem Services in Scotland and China. Scientific Exchange Network. (2015-17, £13k)
  • NERC Knowledge Exchange: Cooperative Participatory Evaluation of Renewable Technologies on Ecosystem Services (CORPORATES) (2014-16, £110k – Co-Investigator.
  • World Bank: Review of STAP Marie Litter Program (2014 , £1500)
  • Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) Implementing an ecosystem service approach in the UK (2013, £40k).
  • EU FP7 IDREEM (Increasing Industrial Resource Efficiency in European Mariculture)(Co-Investigator & Work Package leader on Social and Policy Analysis (2012-2014; £200 000)
  • EU LIFE+ Celtic Sea Partnership (Policy Network Analysis and community engagement) (2013, £110k).
  • MSP-LED (Local Economic Development and Marine Planning) Centre of Expertise in Water (CREW) (2012-13, 50k)Centre of Expertise in Water (CREW) Coasts and Catchment Integration. £22 k
  • ECOBAR: Environmental and Benthic Indicators for industrial development in the Barents Sea. Norwegian Funding Council. (WP Leader) £35k 2009-10
  • Knowledge Based Development of Europe’s Seas (KNOWSEAS) EU FP7 2009-2013 Co-Investigator & Work Package leader (£150k) overall project €9 million). 

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