Profile

Professor Peter Strachan
Title: Professor
First Name: Peter
Surname: Strachan
Position: Strategy & Policy Group Lead
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Duties and Responsibilities

Starting his career at the Robert Gordon University in 1993 as a Project Manager in the then School of Public Administration and Law, Professor Peter Strachan's contribution to research and professional practice was recognised by the University when he was awarded the title of Professor in 2009.

Professor Strachan was subsequently appointed to the role of Strategy and Policy Group Lead within the Department of Management at the Aberdeen Business School in 2010. His Subject Leader role involves the management of 20 academic staff including setting objectives and planning staff teaching and research activities, and staff resources. Further it 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 University. In recent years he has transformed the Strategy and Policy Group to have as their core focus international strategy and management in the energy industries and has played a pivotal role in the success of the Department of Management.

In addition to his senior role within the Department of Management Professor Strachan has led, project managed or been a team member in a number of collaborative and other ESRC funded research projects with Universities such as St Andrews, Birmingham, Cardiff, Aberdeen, and Queens University, Belfast.

External to RGU Professor Strachan has been an advisor to the Cypriot government on oil and gas education.  Further he has recently completed a five-year term as an external examiner at the internationally renowned Cass Business School, where he worked closely with them on the future direction and quality assurance of one of their flagship courses. Professor Strachan has been a member of the ESRC Peer Review College since its inception and further serves on a number of internationally recognised editorial boards. Finally, as a founding member of the International Sustainable Development Research Society he served for a number of years on their Executive Management Board.

Research Interests

Professor Peter Strachan is a leading expert on energy policy. He is active nationally and internationally contributing to a range of professional forums and organisations in the fields of oil and gas, renewables and nuclear power, and is a regular on the conference circuit as a speaker and delegate.

As part of the State Visit of the President of Mexico to the United Kingdom for example, Professor Strachan was invited as an expert contributor to the Carbon Trust’s special session on the opportunities of Building a Sustainable Energy Economy in the UK and in Mexico, held in conjunction with the Department of Energy and Climate Change and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

With a specific interest in financial support mechanisms, the planning environment, community ownership models and the social acceptance of major energy infrastructure developments, Professor Strachan has published many books, reports, journal articles and opinion pieces.  With his work now regularly featured in the media Professor Strachan's agenda setting opinion articles receive significant attention.  See publications section for further details.

With a thirst for knowledge and a passion for teaching Professor Strachan has supervised to completion 9 doctoral students.  His graduating students are highly sought after by business, government and academia. Both as a supervisor and PhD examiner he is also in demand, and has examined 15 doctoral students at leading institutions such as the University of Cardiff, University of Hull, University College London, and Queens University, Belfast. He has led or been involved in the organisation and management of many international conferences and panel sessions over the years.

Peter Strachan and Alex Salmond

Endorsements

"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 Peter Strachan is a leading expert on energy policy and a key contributor to academic and policy debates in this area. His academic output is of a very high standard and widely read by both practitioners and other academics in the field.”

Dr David Gibbs, Professor of Human Geography, University of Hull (27th July 2015)

“Professor Peter Strachan is a leading authority on energy policy and planning, including on areas such as renewables and community energy strategies. He's also heavily engaged in wider policy debates, particularly relating to the impacts of devolution.”

Dr Andy Gouldson, Professor of Environmental Policy, University of Bristol (27th July 2015)

“Professor Peter Strachan’s work on energy policy shows great leadership in setting the agenda for the business implications of regulatory change, particularly related to devolution and Scottish independence. Professor Strachan is especially strong in his abilities to reach out beyond the academy and to engage policy makers and business in these important issues.”

Dr Geraint Ellis, Professor of Environmental Policy and Planning, Queen’s University, Belfast (17th July 2015)

“Professor Peter Strachan is an excellent communicator and has a knowledge of energy policy and politics that is both deep and broad.”

Dr David Toke, Reader in Energy, University of Aberdeen (2nd July 2015)

“Professor Peter Strachan's work combines profound incisive analysis with critical social awareness.”

Dr Paul Dorfman, Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Energy Institute, University College London (UCL) (25th June 2015)

“Professor Peter Strachan offers that rare combination of an academic who is able to write clearly and concisely about complex energy issues for a large audience. His writing is always well-informed, relevant, and to the point.”

Dr Karel Beckman, editor in chief, co-owner at Energy Post (energypost.eu) (4th August 2015)

Funding

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

Some examples of successfully completed research projects include:

ESRC. Delivering Renewable Energy Under Devolution (DREUD) (RES-062-23-2526), a 2 year study that assessed the impacts of devolution in the UK on the provision of renewable energy. The research was conducted as a four-way partnership, comprising Robert Gordon University (Professor Peter A Strachan), the University of Cardiff (Dr Richard Cowell), Queens University Belfast (Dr Geraint Ellis), and the University of Birmingham (Dr David Toke). Award: £220,000

ESRC. Where Next For Wind? Explaining National Variations in Wind Power Deployment (RES-451-26-0386), a 2 year international research seminar series. 5 high profile wind power seminars were delivered as a five-way partnership, comprising Robert Gordon University (Professor Peter A Strachan), University of Cardiff (Dr Richard Cowell), Queen’s University, Belfast (Professor Geraint Ellis), University of St Andrews (Dr Charles Warren) and the University of Bath (Dr Joseph Szarka). SSE provided additional sponsorship. Award: £20,000

Publications

Books

Szarka, J., Cowell, R., Ellis, G., Strachan, P.A., Warren, C. (2012) Learning From Wind Power: Governance, Societal and Policy Perspectives on Sustainable Energy, New York: Palgrave.

Strachan, P.A., Toke, D., Lal, D. (2010) Wind Power and Power Politics, New York: Routledge.

Moxen, J., Strachan, P.A. (1998) Managing Green Teams: Environmental Change in Organisations and Networks, Sheffield: Greenleaf Publishing.

Edited volume contributions

Strachan, P.A., Agarwal, A. (2011) Special Issue on Managing Industrial Symbiosis Networks Business Strategy and the Environment. 

Ellis, G., Cowell, R., Strachan, P.A., Szarka, J., Warren, C. (2009) Interface Section: Wind Power and the Planning Problem Planning Theory and Practice 10(4): 521-547.

Cowell, R., Strachan, P.A. (2007) Special Issue on Managing the Deployment of Wind Power in Europe: The Political and Regulatory Environment European Environment 17(5).

Korhonen, J., von Malmborg, F., Strachan, P.A. (2004) Special Issue on Business and Industrial Ecology Business Strategy and the Environment 13(5).

Korhonen, J., Strachan, P.A. (2004) Inaugural Issue Progress in Industrial Ecology: An International Journal 1(1-3).

Book Chapters

Warren, C., Cowell, R., Ellis, G., Strachan, P.A., Szarka, J. (2012) Wind Power: Towards A Sustainable Energy Future? In: Learning From Wind Power: Governance, Societal and Policy Perspectives on Sustainable Energy, New York: Palgrave.

Strachan, P.A., Jones, D. (2012) Navigating a Minefield: Wind Power and Local Community Benefit Funds In: Learning From Wind Power: Governance, Societal and Policy Perspectives on Sustainable Energy, New York: Palgrave.

Szarka, J., Ellis, G., Cowell, R., Strachan, P.A., Szarka, J. (2012) Drawing Lessons From Wind Power for Future Sustainable Energy In: Learning From Wind Power: Governance, Societal and Policy Perspectives on Sustainable Energy, New York: Palgrave.

Strachan, P.A., Lal, D., Toke, D. (2010) Explaining National Patterns of Wind Power Ownership in: Wind Power and Power Politics, New York: Routledge.

Strachan, P.A., Otitoju, A. (2010) Assessing the Performance of the Renewable Obligation Certificate: Cinderella or an Ugly Sister? In: Wind Power and Power Politics, New York: Routledge.

Welford, R., Strachan, P.A. (2004) Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility, pp. 550-572 In: Hannagan, T. (4th Edition) Management Concepts and Practices, London: Pearsons.

Welford, R., Strachan, P.A. (2004) Environmental Issues and Corporate Environmental Management, pp. 573-604 In: Hannagan, T. (4th Edition) Management Concepts and Practices, London: Pearsons.

Strachan, P.A, Bochniarz, Z., Chadasewiz, W., Vilma, E. (1998) Postgraduate Team-Teaching for Central European Executives: Assessing Experience of the Environmental Training Project, pp. 162-177 In: Moxen, J., Strachan, P. (1998) Managing Green Teams: Environmental Change in Organisations and Networks, Sheffield: Greenleaf Publishing.

Moxen, J., Strachan, P.A. (1998) Teams and the Management of Environmental Problems, pp. 13-21 In: Moxen, J., Strachan, P. (1998) Managing Green Teams: Environmental Change in Organisations and Networks, Sheffield: Greenleaf Publishing.

Moxen, J., Strachan, P.A. (1998) The Challenges of Internal Change Management, pp. 102-111 In: Moxen, J., Strachan, P. (1998) Managing Green Teams: Environmental Change in Organisations and Networks, Sheffield: Greenleaf Publishing.

Moxen, J., Strachan, P.A. (1998) Managing Environmental Performance in the Organisation: A Participatory Model, pp.145-161 In: Moxen, J., Strachan, P. (1998) Managing Green Teams: Environmental Change in Organisations and Networks, Sheffield: Greenleaf Publishing.

Reports

Toke D., Strachan, P., Cowell, R., Ellis, G., Sherry-Brennan, F. (2013) Is an Independent Scottish Electricity System Good for Renewable Energy and Scotland Aberdeen: Robert Gordon University/ESRC Report.

Cowell, R., Ellis, G., Sherry-Brennan, F., Strachan, P.A., Toke D. (2013) Delivering Renewable Energy Under Devolution. Initial findings summary report  Cardiff: Cardiff University/ESRC Report.

Cowell, R., Ellis, G., Sherry-Brennan, F., Strachan, P.A., Toke D. (2013) Promoting Renewable Energy in the UK. What Difference has Devolution Made? Cardiff: Cardiff University/ESRC Report.

Cowell, R., Bristow, G., Munday, M., Strachan, P.A. (2008) Assessing Business and Community Benefits of Wind Power in Wales Cardiff: Cardiff University/Welsh Assembly Government.

Strachan, P.A., Agarwal, A. (2006) Evaluation Methodologies to Measure Performance of Eco-industrial Development Initiatives Aberdeen: Databuild Ltd./UK National Industrial Symbiosis Programme/The Robert Gordon.

Spicker, P., Love, J., Strangward, L., McLaverty, P., Strachan, P.A. (2002) Homelessness in Aberdeen: Report of Research, Aberdeen: Aberdeen City Council/The Robert Gordon University.

Strachan, P.A (1995) India: Opportunities and Threats for the Steel-Tinplate Market, Aberdeen: BHP/The Robert Gordon University Offshore Management Centre.

Symposium Proceedings

Korhonen, J., von Malmborg, F., Strachan, P.A. (2003) Special Symposium on Business and Industrial Ecology, Shipley: ERP Environment, 114 pages.

Journal Articles

Telesford, J., Strachan, P.A. (2016 forthcoming) Strategic Sustainability Procedures: Focusing Business Strategic Planning on the Socio-Ecological System in an Island Context  Sustainable Development

Cowell, R., Ellis, G., Brenna-Sherry, F., Strachan, P.A., Toke, D. (2015) Re-scaling the Governance of Renewable Energy: Lessons from the UK Devolution Experience Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning 10.1080/1523908x.2015.1008437

Strachan, P.A., Ellis, G., Cowell, R., Sherry-Brennan, F., Toke. D. (2015) Promoting Community Renewable Energy in a Corporate Energy World Sustainable Development 23(2): 96-109.

Ellis, G., Cowell, R., Sherry-Brennan, F., Strachan, P.A., Toke. D. (2013) Planning, Energy and Devolution in the UK Town Planning Review 84(3): 397-410.

Toke, D., Sherry-Brennan, F., Cowell, R., Ellis, G., Strachan, P.A. (2013) Scotland, Renewable Energy and the Independence Debate: ‘Will Head or Heart Rule the Roost’? Political Quarterly 84(1): 61-70.

Posch, A., Agarwal, A., Strachan, P. (2011) Managing Industrial Symbiosis Networks Business Strategy and the Environment, 20(7): 421-427.

Beloucif, A., Lal, D., Strachan, P. (2010) Tell him I called’ Some Practical Considerations in Gaining Research Access to Organisations Interdisciplinary Journal of Contemporary Research in Business, 2(4): 17-41.

Ellis, G., Cowell, R., Warren, C., Strachan, P., Szarka, J., Hadwin, R., Miner, P., Wolsink, M., Nadai, A. (2009) ‘Wind Power: Is There A "Planning Problem"? Expanding Wind Power: A Problem of Planning, or of Perception? The Problems of Planning-A Developer’s Perspective Wind Farms: More Respectful and Open Debate Needed, Not Less Planning: Problem 'Carrier' or Problem 'Source' Innovative Wind Power Planning Planning Theory and Practice 10(4): 521-547.

Aitken, M, McDonald, S., Strachan, P.A. (2008) Locating ‘Power’ in Wind Power Planning Processes: the (not so) influential role of local objectors Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 51(6): 777-799.

Agarwal, A., Strachan, P.A. (2008) Is Industrial Symbiosis Only for Developed Countries? The Journal for Waste & Resource Management Professionals: The Chartered Institute of Waste Management (CIWM) March Issue/Awaiting final publication details.

Lal, D., Strachan, P.A. (2007) Understanding Strategizing in the Telecommunications Industry: Lessons for Global Telecoms Firms Journal of General Management 32(3): 19-44.

Cowell, R., and Strachan, P.A. (2007) Managing the Deployment of Wind Power in Europe European Environment 17(5): 285-290.

Strachan, P.A., Toke, D. (2006) Ecological Modernisation and Wind Power in the UK, European Environment 16(3): 155-166.

Strachan, P.A., Lal, D., von Malmborg, F. (2006) The Evolving UK Wind Energy Industry: Critical Policy and Management Aspects of the Emerging Research Agenda European Environment 16(1): 1-18.

Strachan, P.A., Lal, D. (2005) UK Wind Energy Policy: Blowing Away Public Opposition Scottish Planning and Environmental Law (SPEL) 112: 28-32.

von Malmborg, F., Strachan, P.A. (2005) Climate Policy, Ecological Modernization and the United Kingdom Emissions Trading Scheme European Environment 15(3): 143-160.

Reprint of Strachan, P.A., Lal, D. Wind Energy Policy, Planning and Management Practice in the UK: Hot Air or a Gathering Storm? Regional Studies 38(5) 551-71. Reprinted in the Wind Power Special Issue Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law Intelligence (OGEL) (2005) 3(2): June.

Korhonen, J., von Malmborg, F., Strachan, P.A., Ehrenfeld, J.R. (2004) Management and Policy Aspects of Industrial Ecology: An Emerging Research Agenda Business Strategy and the Environment 13(5): 289-305.

Strachan, P.A., Lal, D. (2004) Wind Energy Policy, Planning and Management Practice in the UK: Hot Air or a Gathering Storm? Regional Studies 38(5) 551-71.

Korhonen, J., Strachan, P.A. (2004) Towards Progress in Industrial Ecology Progress in Industrial Ecology 1(1-3): 1-23.

Lal, D., Pitt, D., Strachan, P.A. (2004) Strategic Change in UK Telecommunications: Empirical Evidence European Management Journal 22(1): 99-109.

Lal, D., Strachan, P.A., Raj., M. (2003) Globalising Telecommunications: The Case Of British Telecommunications Plc Journal of International Trade Law 2(2): 15-24.

Strachan, P.A., Sinclair, I., Lal, D. (2002) Managing ISO 14001 Implementation in the United Kingdom Continental Shelf (UKCS) Journal of Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management 10(1): 50-63.

Strachan, P.A., Moxen, J. (2000) An Appraisal of the UK Government’s Policy for Sustainable Development in the Construction Industry Journal of Current Research in Global Business, November: 67-77.

Moxen, J., Strachan P.A. (2000) ISO 14001 Environmental Management System: A Case of Cultural Myopia? Eco Management and Auditing 7(2): 82-90.

Strachan, P.A. (1999) Is the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) Regulation An Effective Strategic Management Tool for Implementing Organisations? Eco Management and Auditing 6(1): 42-51.

Strachan P.A., Haque, M., McCulloch, A., Moxen, J. (1997) The Eco-Management and Audit Scheme: Recent Experiences of UK Participating Organisations European Environment 7(1): 25-33.

Moxen, J., Strachan P.A. (1995) The Formulation of Standards for Environmental Management Systems: Structural and Cultural Issues Greener Management International 12(October): 32-48.

Media Coverage

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