James Curran originally researched in hydrometeorology and oceanography and then served as an environmental regulator of industry and land managers. He later specialised in policy and strategy development, including horizon-scanning, futurology and management of research portfolios. He has often provided end-user input to UK research steering groups and reviews. At one point he also created and ran an eco-retail and catering business, then returned to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency as Director of Science & Strategy and subsequently as Chief Executive and Board member where he led on transformation. He has served on Ministerial groups including biodiversity, green growth, hydronation, and zero waste, and on expert panels including fracking. He has experience of governing boards such as the Foundation for Water Research and serving as the elected chair of the Scottish Sustainable Development Forum, and as a non-exec member of the Scottish Government’s climate change delivery board. He has been an honorary professor at Stirling University and served on the advisory board to the Management School. He served for over five years on the Board of the James Hutton Institute and, for much of that time, was chair. Currently, he is on the board of the Green Purposes Company, chairs Climate Ready Clyde, and continues to advise the Isle of Man government on climate change. He is an Honorary Fellow of Scottish Environment LINK.
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