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

Duties 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.

A Personal Career Highlight

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

Peter Strachan and Alex Salmond


'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, Alex Salmond, 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.

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.

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.


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

Media Coverage

New Comment Pieces

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 (2015)

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

Recent/Forthcoming Events

  • Heads of Planning Scotland – 11 September 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 Chris Stark Head of Electricity Division  Scottish Government – Glasgow – 13 August 2015
  • Energy Security: Safeguarding Scotland’s Future Energy Needs (Edinburgh) – 4 August 2015
    Professor Strachan has been invited to be the conference chair.
  • Meeting with Calum McCaig (MP for Aberdeen South and SNP Westminster Spokesperson for Energy and Climate Change) – 19 June 2015
  • Oil and Gas UK, The Oil and Gas Industry Conference 2015 – AECC, Aberdeen – 17-18 June 2015
    Professor Strachan will be a delegate at this event, representing the Aberdeen Business School.
  • Peter Strachan and First MinisterMeeting with First Minister of Scotland - 28 May 2015
    Personal Invitation to Meet with Nicola Sturgeon First Minister of Scotland – Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh
  • DECOM North Sea Conference, Decommissioning: The Operational Challenges – AECC, Aberdeen – 27 May 2015
    Professor Strachan was a delegate at this event, representing the Aberdeen Business School.
  • Invitation to attend First Minister Question Time - Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh – 21 May 2015
  • Meeting with Mike McKenzie (MSP Highlands and Islands) - 21 May 2015
  • Visit to EDF Energy Hunterston B Nuclear Power Station – Ayrshire – 19 May 2015
    Professor Strachan was given a tour of Hunterston B Nuclear Power Station.
  • Visit to EDF Energy Torness Nuclear Power Station – Dunbar – 13 May 2015
    Professor Strachan was given a tour of Torness Nuclear Power Station.
  • All Energy – Glasgow - 6-7 May 2015
    The Centre for Energy Law of the University of Aberdeen organised a session at All-Energy 2015, the UK’s leading annual exhibition and conference for the renewable energy sector.  The session, Changing Legal Frameworks for Renewables, brought together leading academic commentators on law and the low carbon energy transition including Dr Olivia Woolley and Dr Abbe Brown of the Centre for Energy Law, Dr David Toke of the University of Aberdeen’s Department of Politics and International Relations, Professor Aileen McHarg of the University of Strathclyde, Professor Peter Strachan of Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen and Navraj Singh Ghaleigh of the University of Edinburgh.  View further details.
  • Peter Strachan Dundas castlePositive for European Union (EU) Think Tank - Dundas Castle, Edinburgh - 23 April 2015
    Professor Strachan was invited to the special launch of this new network, which included lunch with Sir Jack Stewart-Clark and John Purvis (both former Conservative Members of the European Parliament).
  • University of Nottingham International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility ESRC Seminar  – 31 March 2015
    Professor Strachan, Dr David Jones and Olushola Ajide were 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 EventCarbon 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 2014Energy Experts
    The 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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