Scott McGrane


  • United Kingdom

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Personal Statement

I am a University of Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellow (Society and Policy) since May 2019, having originally joined the Department of Economics (Fraser of Allander Institute) at the University of Strathclyde in September 2017, working on a collaborative project alongside the Department of Physics and the Stanford Photonics Research Center. 


My backrgound is in environmental science, though I pride myself in being a truly interdisciplinary researcher. My qualifications include an MA(Hons) in Geography and Environmental Science, and a Master of Research (MRes) in Civil Engineering, both from the University of Dundee. I completed my PhD at the University of Aberdeen in 2013 in catchment hydrology, undertaking research that explored the impacts of environmental perturbations on natural river dynamics in Scottish uplands. 


My research interests have continued to address the impacts of environmental change on large river systems. Between 2013 and 2016 I worked as a research fellow in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Surrey, working on a NERC funded project that sought to assess and model the impacts of urbanisation and climate change on water quality in the Thames Basin. In 2016, I moved to the School of Mathematics & Statistics at the University of Glasgow, working on an EPSRC project that sought to determine the interlinkages and feedbacks that exist between water, energy and food systems in the UK. 


I am the Honorary Treasurer (and executive committee member) for the British Hydrological Society. I also serve as an expert reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for the upcoming Sixth Assessment Report, and I am part of the Position Statement authorship team for the American Geophysical Union, where I was recently involved in the determination of a climate change position statement for 2019. 


My research investigates the role natural resources play in economic systems, and identifying the impacts of environmental change on economic sectors at a regional, national and international scale. Through my involvement with the Global Environmental Measurement and Monitoring (GEMM) Network at Strathclyde, I seek to explore how advances in earth observational technologies can better inform us on the likely impacts of climate change at a sub-national level, helping to drive the development of relative climate and environmental policies. 


I am open to supporting PhD students that are interested in the role of the natural environment in economic systems, and undertaking transdisciplinary approaches to understanding the likely impacts of environmental change on human-environment systems (including economic impacts, health impacts, environmental system impacts and natural hazards).

Education/Academic qualification

Unknown, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Aberdeen

Sep 2009Mar 2013

Master of Research, University of Dundee

Sep 2008Sep 2009

Bachelor of Arts, University of Dundee

Sep 2004Jun 2008

External positions

Honorary Treasurer, British Hydrological Society

Oct 2019Sep 2021

Expert Reviewer, Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change

May 2019Jun 2021

Position Statement Committee Member, American Geophysical Union

Jan 2019Nov 2019

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Projects 2019 2024


McGrane, S.


Project: Research

Research Output 2014 2020

Scotland's industrial water use: understanding recent changes and examining the future

Allan, G. J., McGrane, S. J., Roy, G. & Baer, T. M., 30 Jan 2020, In : Environmental Science and Policy. 106, p. 48-57 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

water use
water resource
2 Citations (Scopus)
6 Downloads (Pure)

A multi expert decision support tool for the evaluation of advanced wastewater treatment trains: a novel approach to improve urban sustainability

Sadr, S. M. K., Saroj, D. P., Mierzwa, J. C., McGrane, S. J., Skouteris, G., Farmani, R., Kazos, X., Aumeier, B., Kouchaki, S. & Ouki, S., 31 Dec 2018, In : Environmental Science and Policy. 90, p. 1-10 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Activities 2016 2019

  • 4 Membership of committee
  • 2 Organiser of special symposia
  • 1 Visiting an external academic institution

Economics (Organisational unit)

Scott McGrane (Advisor)
1 Oct 201930 Sep 2022

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee

Global Environmental Monitoring and Measurement Centre Launch

Scott McGrane (Participant)
13 Sep 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganiser of special symposia