Professor James Buchan works both in Australia and Europe. He is a Professor at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh and at the WHO Collaborating Centre at the University of Technology, Sydney. He is also a professional adviser to the Centre for Workforce Intelligence, England, and a Visiting Professor at the WHO Collaborating Centre at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal.
Professor Buchan has more than thirty years experience of practice, policy research and consultancy on HR and workforce strategy and planning in the health sector. He has worked throughout the UK, and also has international work experience in a range of countries in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas; recent consultancy includes work for OECD, WHO, and the World Bank.
His previous employment includes work as a Specialist Advisor to Health Workforce Australia; Senior HR Manager in the NHS Executive in Scotland; and as Policy Adviser at Royal College of Nursing. In 2000/01 he was seconded to work on HR issues at W.H.O. He has also worked in the USA, as a Harkness Fellow, at the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Buchan holds a honours degree from the University of Aberdeen and received his Ph.D. at the Business School, Robert Gordon University.