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Chair in Sustainable Mountain Development at the University of the Highlands and Islands

University of the Highlands and Islands- Professor Martin Price

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Mountains cover 24% of the Earth’s land surface and provide vital goods and services for over half of humanity. Their sustainable development is important for us all.

The community value of mountains is often overlooked due to their remoteness, yet these same mountains provide 60-80% of the world’s freshwater, diverse energy sources, recreation and tourism, biodiversity and sites of importance for all major religions. They are also home to 13% of humanity, living mostly in developing countries and where over one third of people are vulnerable to food insecurity.

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“Mountains are often regarded as distant and unimportant. They may be distant from many major cities – and the preoccupations of politicians and policy-makers from the lowlands – but they also include major cities and are home to over 900 million people.”

Professor Martin Price

UNESCO Chairs are based within Institutes for Higher Education and specialise in specific research fields. They provide policy advice to the UK National Commission for UNESCO and HM government, as well as reviewing UNESCO applications.

ABOUT THE CHAIR

The Chair is based at the Centre for Mountain Studies at Perth College, one of the 13 Academic Partners of the University of the Highlands and Islands and is led by Professor Martin Price. The team work to assess and continue the sustainable development of mountains by getting involved in a variety of projects and inspiring future researchers through academic programmes.

They’ve organized two major conferences in Perth, providing unparalleled opportunities for scientists from a broad range of disciplines to discuss their research and plan future activities. ‘Global Change and the World’s Mountains’ was organised jointly with the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI), and ‘Mountains of our Future Earth’ was organised in collaboration with the MRI and the Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment. After collaboration with the MRI to develop both its global research strategy and a strategic agenda for research in Europe’s mountains, the Chair played a key role in the establishment of the Network for European Mountain Research (NEMOR).

As well as facilitating international collaboration, the Chair delivers an online MSc in Sustainable Mountain Development, managed from the Centre for Mountain Studies at the University of the Highlands and Islands. The part-time course has been available to students around the world since 2004 and is paving the way for similar programmes in Japan and the Himalayas.

ABOUT THE CHAIR’S RESEARCH

Martin has conducted research across the globe as he studies the interactions between humans and environmental processed throughout mountainous regions. Through his synthesis of studies from many social and natural science disciplines, Martin has contributed to policies for sustainable mountain development.

Supported by his role as Chair of Sustainable Mountain Development, Martin has informed international partnerships on how to transform theory into practice on topics including the characterisation of Europe’s mountain areas, the application of the outcomes of projects in mountain areas and social innovation.

From 2017 to 2020, the Chair led a three-year project funded by the European Commission’s Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme: ‘Sustainable Heritage Areas: Partnerships for Ecotourism’ (SHAPE). This enabled authorities, businesses and communities to develop innovative ecotourism initiatives which preserve local assets and create economic value from them. The project partners were biosphere reserves and regional parks and universities from Canada, Finland, Norway, Iceland and Scotland.

Professor Martin Price

Martin is Professor of Mountain Studies at the University of the Highlands and Islands and established the influential Centre for Mountain Studies in 2000. Having held the Chair in Sustainable Mountain Development since 2009, Martin has coordinated three major assessments of the European mountains and was presented the King Albert Mountain Award in 2012 as a celebration of his exceptional knowledge and contributions to the mountains of the world.

Further to his research, Martin invests his time heavily in science communication, acting as Associate Editor-in-Chief of the ‘Journal of Mountain Science’ and Mountain Media Editor of the quarterly journal ‘Mountain Research and Development’.

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University of Colorado at Boulder
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LATEST EVENTS AND RESEARCH PROJECTS

Read about some of the research and academic projects that Professor Price has dedicated his time to.

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SELECTED PUBLISHED WORK

In role as chair, Martin has carried out detailed research in mountain development, building upon a career of study and a lifetime of experience.

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“Everyone on our planet has a connection to mountains, whether this relates to the water they use, the food they eat, the places they go for relaxation or exercise, or the religion they practise.”

Professor Martin Price

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