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 Professor Martin Price 

Professor Martin Price 


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Professor Martin Price, Director of the Centre for Mountain Studies


  • PhD in Geography, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA
  • MSc in Environmental Science, University of Calgary, Canada
  • BSc (Sp.Hons) in Natural Environmental Science, University of Sheffield, UK


He established the Centre for Mountain Studies in 2000, and started the UHI's MSc Sustainable Mountain Development in 2004, delivering the core module on mountain issues (for which the UHI Students' Association recognised him as 'most innovative lecturer' in 2010).  In 2005, the UHI Millennium Institute (now the University of the Highlands and Islands) appointed him Professor of Mountain Studies.  In 2009, UNESCO established the UNESCO Chair for Sustainable Mountain Development at UHI, and he became its Chairholder. In 2012, the King Albert I Memorial Foundation awarded him the King Albert Mountain Award: the citation states that “Martin Price, with his exceptional knowledge and his editorial competence, has played a vital role for the mountains of the world”.










Research Activities
Since the late 1970s, Martin has conducted research in the mountains of North America, Western and Eastern Europe, and Siberia, focusing on the interactions of resident and visiting people with environmental processes, with particular emphasis on forestry, tourism, conservation, and the implementation of policies and interdisciplinary research. Over the past decade, he has coordinated three major assessments of Europe’s mountains.


Working at the University of Oxford's Environmental Change Unit (now Institute) from 1992, he established the Unit's Mountain Regions and Conservation Programme in 1995, where he supervised a number of MSc and DPhil students, in addition to lecturing.


Previously, he was Scientific Associate of the Institute of Geography of the University of Bern, Switzerland; Scientific Director of the International Centre for Alpine Environments, Bourget-du-Lac, France; and Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Centre for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado, USA.


Current Responsibilities


    • UNESCO Chair in Sustainable Mountain Development
    • Thematic Group Leader on mountain ecosystems, Commission on Ecosystem Management, IUCN
    • Vice-president, Euromontana
    • Chair, UK National Committee for UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Programme
    • Rapporteur, International Coordinating Council, UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Programme
    • Scientific Advisor to EOCA on mountain projects and issues


Professional Membership


  • Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC): Contributing Author
  • World Heritage Technical Advisor, IUCN
  • World Commission on Protected Areas of IUCN
  • Commission on Ecosystem Management of IUCN
  • Editorial Committee, Revue de Géographie Alpine/Journal of Alpine Research
  • Arbeitsgemeinschaft für vergleichende Hochgebirgsforschung
  • Commission on Mountain Response to Global Change, International Geographical Union
  • Scottish Consortium for Rural Research  

In 2007, Professor Price was recognised for his work as a Principal Lead Author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) when he, and other members of the IPCC, shared the Nobel Peace Prize with former US Vice-President Al Gore.


From 1996-2000, he was Coordinator of the Task Force on Forests in Sustainable Mountain Development of the International Union of Forest Research Organisations (IUFRO), for which he received an IUFRO Distinguished Service Award.

He was also the founding chairman of the Royal Geographical Society's Mountain Research Group (1998-2003)


From 1995 to 2000, Professor Price acted as the Focal Point for Mountain Activities of IUCN's European Programme. In this capacity, he was a primary organiser of the European Inter-governmental Consultation on Sustainable Mountain Development (1996), involving 33 European countries and the European Commission; and was responsible for the implementation of Action Theme 10 (mountain ecosystems) of the Pan-European Biological and Landscape Diversity Strategy.


Professor Price has acted as a consultant to a number of international organisations, and has undertaken many activities relating to the human dimensions of global environmental change (HDGEC), including acting as Secretary of the International Social Science Council's (ISSC) Standing Committee on HDGEC, and preparing research strategies for the US National Science Foundation, the US Forest Service, the European Commission, and the ISSC.


He is also Associate Editor-in-Chief of the 'Journal of Mountain Science' and MountainMedia Editor of the quarterly journal 'Mountain Research and Development' and was the founding Editor-In-Chief (2005-9) of the International Journal of Biodiversity Science and Management, now the 'International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management'.