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Professor in Sustainable Development, University of Aberdeen

Tavis holds a Personal Chair in Sustainable Development at the University of Aberdeen. His research interests lie in marine and coastal governance with emphasis on marine spatial planning and ecosystem services, community orientated social innovation in sustainability initiatives; and the just transition in 'blue' economies. A theme that cuts across his work is supporting science into policy and the use of digital innovation and social media to support communication, education and action in environmental governance.


  • 2014–present
    Senior lecturer in Human Geography, 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)