The Centre for Mountain Studies (CMS) was established at Perth College UHI in August 2000, with the objective of creating a centre of excellence for work in mountain areas within the emerging University of the Highlands and Islands.

Find out more about Perth III: Mountains of Our Future Earth (an international mountains conference, 4 - 8 October 2015 in Perth, Scotland).  As a contribution to the conference, the Royal Scottish Geographical Society published a special issue of its newsletter ‘The Geographer’ on Scottish mountains (Autumn 2015 - the articles start on page 6).

With a focus on mountain environments and the people who depend on them, both in Scotland and internationally, the CMS has four main goals:

  • To undertake and communicate high-quality research;
  • To convene meetings to disseminate and discuss knowledge and to develop research agendas;
  • To contribute to informed policy-making processes;
  • To lead in the development and delivery of academic courses and training.

The UNESCO Chair in Sustainable Mountain Development, the first UNESCO Chair in Scotland, is based at the Centre. Its staff comprise an international group of scientists led by Professor Martin Price, who holds the UNESCO Chair and also shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his work with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.