After 20 years as an academic in the University of Dundee, John was appointed as Vice-Principal (Research, Knowledge Exchange and Wider Impact) in January 2018. He is responsible for overall research strategy and promoting the University’s international reputation for excellence and impact. For the second year running, Dundee is Scotland’s ‘Most Innovative University’ placing it among the top universities in Europe that are “doing the most to advance science, invent new technologies, and help drive the global economy” – .
John is a Professor of Physical Geography, with particular expertise in the study of environmental change. His research focusses on the impacts of climate and land use change in a variety of local and global contexts. He serves in an advisory capacity to the Scottish Government’s Centres of Expertise in Climate Change (CXC) and Centre for Research on Water (CREW).