Professor Peter Strachan
Title: Professor
First Name: Peter
Surname: Strachan
Position: Group Lead Strategy & Policy
Telephone: +44 (0)1224 263426

Role and Responsibilities

Professor Peter A. Strachan is the Strategy and Policy Group Lead within the Department of Management. This is a Subject Leader role involving the management of around twenty academic staff including setting objectives for the Department of Management and planning staff teaching and staff resources. It also involves the quality assurance of modules delivered by Strategy and Policy staff and the review and update of the portfolio of Strategy and Policy modules on offer across the Aberdeen Business School.

Research Interests

Professor Strachan’s main area of expertise is on the subject of energy policy, oil and gas management and renewables. Focusing on financial support mechanisms, the planning environment, community ownership models and the social acceptance of major energy infrastructure developments he has published several books and many journal articles on these topics.


“In Scotland, we have real expertise on oil, with world class-academics such as Alex Kemp, of Aberdeen University, and Alex Russell and Peter Strachan, of Robert Gordon University” (former First Minister of Scotland, Press & Journal 16 March 2015)


Professor Strachan’s research has been featured by various media outlets including the BBC, Bloomberg, Washington Post, Scotsman and the Herald.

New Research Awards

With a successful track record of ESRC and other research funding Professor Strachan is currently working on the following projects:

Horizon 2020 - Research and Innovation Framework Programme. Risk Based Consenting of Offshore Renewable Energy Projects.  Award: 1.4m Euros

Technology Strategy Board and SeaEnergy Plc.  Dynamic Modelling for Offshore Wind Operations.  Award: £150,000

New Journal Articles

Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning (impact factor 1.279).  Re-scaling the Governance of Renewable Energy: Lessons from the UK Devolution Experience (forthcoming 2015)

Sustainable Development (impact factor: 1.692). Promoting Community Renewable Energy in a Corporate Energy World (forthcoming 2015)

New Comment Pieces

Energy VoiceWill Osborne’s Oil Tax Concessions Reassure the North Sea Sector? (19 March 2015)

The NationalA Bitter-Sweet Budget (19 March 2015) 

Energy Voice. Scottish Government Puts Hands to the Tiller to Save North Sea Oil  (13 January 2015)

Energy Voice. The Good Old Days Have Gone, and They Won't be Coming Back (12 January 2015)

Reaction to Today’s Scottish Government Oil and Gas Discussion Paper  (8 January 2015)

Conversation. With Oil at $50, Last Year’s Plan to Unlock £200bn of Extra Oil Revenue Through the Wood Reforms Needs a Rethink (7 Jan 2014)

Energy VoiceOil Industry Survival Dependent on Efficiency Gains and Cost Reductions (18 December 2014)

Energy Voice. What Now for the UK’s North Sea Oil Industry with Oil at $62 a Barrel? (15 December 2014)

Scottish Energy News Policy PlatformAustria to Challenge UK Government Nuclear Subsidies in European Court (14 December 2014)

Energy Post. UK Nuclear Policy Takes Another Step in the Wrong Direction (8 December 2014) 

Conversation. George Osborne's Latest Nuclear Deal is Another Step in the Wrong Direction (4 December 2014)

Energy Voice. Smith Commission Recommendations - A Cheap Christmas Cracker! (28 November 2014)

ScotsmanEnergy of Nation Still Untapped (27 November 2014)

ConversationTime for UK to Give Scotland What it Voted For: More Control Over Energy Matters.  (20 November 2014)

Energy Voice. Falling Oil Price Sparks Industry Restructuring (18 November 2014) 

Energy Voice. Westminster Considers Sovereign Wealth Fund: Lessons from Norway  (11 November 2014)

Energy Voice. After the Referendum: Give Real Energy Powers to Scotland (6 November 2014)

ScotsmanEnergy Experts Assess the Referendum Result (2 October 2014)

Conversation. Scottish Wind Could Fix UK Energy Woes – Don’t Let Westminster Blow It (23 September 2014)

Energy Voice. Scottish Independence: What Now For Scotland and the UK?  (19 September 2014)

Energy Voice. Scottish Independence: Experts Outline Reasons for Yes  (17 September 2014)

Energy Voice Scottish Independence: N-56 Report Economic and Political Dynamite  (11 September 2014)

Energy Voice. Westminster Must Not Be Allowed to Fail National Energy Security  (11 September 2014)

ConversationNorth Sea Fracking Claim is a Big Boast for Bid to Secure Scottish Independence (10 September 2014)

Scotsman. (Offshore) Fracking Adds up for Scotland (9 September 2014)

Scotsman. Would an Independent Scotland have Sufficient Oil (25 August 2014)

Ecologist. Government Hostility to Renewables and Scottish Independence May Put Out the Lights (1 August 2014)

Conversation. The Coalitions Attitude to Renewables and Scotland is Risk to National Security (10 June 2014)

Conversation. Ed Davey’s Claim that Scottish Energy Bills would Rise After Independence is a Fantasy (16 April 2014) 

Leading A Thriving Doctoral Community

With many doctoral completions, and having examined numerous doctoral students at the likes of University College London (UCL), Professor Strachan has nurtured a thriving doctoral community at RGU.

Funded by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the Nigerian Petroleum Development Fund (PTDF), his current research students are working on a range of energy related topics including: leadership development in oilfield service companies; CSR in African oil companies; corporate philanthropy and community renewable projects in Nigeria; and, North Sea decommissioning.

Recent/Forthcoming Events

Energy Security: Safeguarding Scotland’s Future Energy Needs (Edinburgh) – 4 August 2015

Professor Strachan has been invited to be the conference chair.

Heads of Planning Scotland – 5 June 2015

Professor Strachan has been invited to address the Heads of Scottish Local Government Planning and to provide an update on energy policy from a national perspective.

Meeting with First Minister of Scotland - 28 May 2015

Personal Invitation to Meet with Nicola Sturgeon First Minister of Scotland – Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh

All Energy – Glasgow - 6-7 May 2015

Professor Strachan has been invited to present a paper at the University of Aberdeen Centre for Energy Law Panel on ‘Legal Frameworks for Renewables’.

Peter Strachan Dundas castleEuropean Union (EU) Think Tank - 23 April 2015 – Dundas Castle, Edinburgh

Launch of the Positives for European Union (EU) Think Tank, with Sir Jack Stewart-Clark 

Professor Strachan has been invited to the special launch of this network, which includes lunch with Sir Jack Stewart-Clark.

University of Nottingham International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility ESRC Seminar  – 31 March 2015

Professor Strachan, Dr David Jones and Olushola Ajide have been invited to present a paper ‘Achieving Community Engagement through Community Enterprise Development: A Developing Country Perspective’.  

Peterhead Energy Hub – 26 March 2015

Professor Strachan has been invited to be the RGU representative on this energy partnership, which includes amongst others ASCO, Dales Engineering, JBS Group Scotland, Score Group, and Shell.

RGU Energy Law and Policy Conference - Energy Sector Review and Reform – 23-24 March 2015

Professor Strachan and Professor Russell presented a paper ‘Reflections on the Aberdeen Oil Summit and Where Next for North Sea Oil?’.

European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) Offshore Conference – Copenhagen – 10-12 March 2015

Professor Strachan, Sean Huff (SeaEnergy) and Thrassos Panteleon (SeaEnergy) presented their work on ‘O&M Optimisation: Software as a Service’.

Carbon Trust Event

Carbon Trust, Building a Sustainable Energy Economy – UK and Mexico Collaboration Discussions - 5 March 2015

Professor Strachan was  invited to this select roundtable discussion building on a dialogue initiated recently in Campeche, Mexico during HRH The Prince of Wales’s visit in November 2014, and was held in conjunction with the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. 

The event concluded with recommendations to form the basis for future discussions and cooperation between Mexico and the UK.  The Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, the Rt Hon Mathew Hancock (Minister of State for Energy) and the Rt Hon Alistair Carmichael (Secretary of State for Scotland) were in attendance.

The Devolution (Further Powers) Scottish Parliament Committee – 23 February 2015

Professor Strachan gave oral evidence at a private session of this Committee.

Meeting with Eilidh Whiteford (MP for Banff & Buchan) and Councillor Stephen Smith (Aberdeenshire) - 19 February 2015

Experts gathered at the Oil and Gas Summit - 2 February 2015

Professor Strachan was appointed as a Chair.  The Summit examined the fiscal, economic, political, infrastructure, and cost reduction impacts on the UK Continental Shelf and, in particular, the City of Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, global centre of excellence in offshore oil and gas and home to over 900 energy companies and 40,000 energy industry jobs.

International Conference on Sustainability Technology and Education – 10-12  December 2014

Professor Strachan was a member of the international organising committee, with the event held at New Taipei City, Taiwan.

Energy experts gathered at Robert Gordon University (RGU) to explore the future of energy in Scotland after the referendum - 2 October 2014

Energy ExpertsThe Scottish Government's Minister for Energy Economy and Tourism Fergus Ewing spoke at the conference, which considered how more energy powers for Scotland can increase Scottish influence over renewable energy, anti-fuel poverty measures and consumer electricity prices.

The possibility of establishing a Scottish Energy Regulator was discussed, as well as the challenges and opportunities surrounding future investment in oil and gas, at the event which was organised by Professor Strachan and Dr David Toke, a Reader in Energy Politics at Aberdeen University.

European Student Energy Summit - University of Aberdeen – 19-20 June 2014

Professor Strachan was invited as a Chair.

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A Personal Career Highlight

A founding member and former Executive Management Board member of the International Sustainable Development Research Society.