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Professor in Sustainable Development, University of Aberdeen

Professor Tavis Potts is a Personal Chair in Sustainable Development and Environmental Governance. His 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.


  • 2014–present
    Senior lecturer in Human Geography, University of Aberdeen
  • 2021–present
    Chair Professor, University of Aberdeen
  • 2022–present
    Dean, University of Aberdeen
  • 2006–2014
    Senior lecturer, Scottish Association for Marine Scinece


  • 2004 
    University of Tasmania , PhD in Marine Policy
  • 1995 
    University of Newcastle (AU) , Bachelor of Environmental Management


  • 2013
    Marine litter: Progress in developing an integrated policy approach in Scotland.(Hastings & Potts) , Marine Policy
  • 2012
    Oceans of Opportunity or Rough Seas? What does the future hold for developments in European marine policy? (Potts, O'Higgins, Hastings), Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society
  • 2012
    Rapid Policy Network Mapping: A New Method for Understanding Governance Structures for Implementation of Marine Environmental Policy. (Bainbridge, Potts, O'Higgins), PlosOne
  • 2010
    The Natural Advantage of Regions: Linking Sustainability, Innovation, and Regional Development in Australia., Journal of Cleaner Production
  • 2010
    Across the top of the World? Emerging Arctic Navigational Opportunities and Arctic Governance. (Potts & Schofield) , Carbon and Climate Law Review

Research Areas

  • Human Geography (1604)
  • Environmental Politics (160605)