Professor Tavis Potts
Personal Chair, Dean for Environmental Sustainability
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.
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
- 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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Climate change: UK test for new oil and gas fields’ impact on emissions targets is not fit for purposeThe ConversationContributions to Specialist Publications: Articles
Linking natural capital, benefits and beneficiaries: The role of participatory mapping and logic chains for community engagement.Environmental Science & Policy, vol. 134, pp. 85-99Contributions to Journals: Articles
Labels on seafood products in different European countries and their compliance to EU legislationMarine Policy, vol. 134, 104810Contributions to Journals: Articles
Integrating stakeholder knowledge through modular cooperative participatory processes for marine spatial planning outcomes (CORPORATES)Ecosystem Services, vol. 44, 101126Contributions to Journals: Articles
Charting the course for a blue economy in Peru: a research agendaEnvironment, Development and Sustainability, vol. 21, no. 5, pp. 2253-2275Contributions to Journals: Articles
Expanding the role of participatory mapping to assess ecosystem service provision in local coastal environmentsEcosystem Services, vol. 39, 101009Contributions to Journals: Articles
The Green Economy Research Centre: positioning geographical research in Aberdeen to address the challenges of green economy transitionsScottish Geographical Journal, vol. 135, no. 3-4, pp. 356-370Contributions to Journals: Articles
Navigating future uncertainty in marine protected area governance: Lessons from the Scottish MPA networkEstuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, vol. 207, pp. 303-311Contributions to Journals: Articles
The matrix revisited: A bird's-eye view of marine ecosystem service provisionMarine Policy, vol. 77, pp. 78-89Contributions to Journals: Articles
The “social” aspect of social-ecological systems: A critique of analytical frameworks and findings from a multisite study of coastal sustainabilityEcology and Society, vol. 21, no. 3, 15Contributions to Journals: Articles