Professor Iain Docherty

Dean for the Institute for Advanced Studies

Professor Iain Docherty

Professor Iain Docherty is Dean for the Institute for Advanced Studies. He joined the University of Stirling in April 2019. Prior to this, he was Professor of Public Policy and Governance and Director of External Engagement at the University of Glasgow Adam Smith Business School.

Iain completed his BSc in Geography and PhD in Geography and Economic & Social History at the University of Glasgow.

His research interests focus on the interconnecting issues of public policy, institutional change and city and regional competitiveness, especially the role of transport in promoting economic development and environmental sustainability.

Iain has worked with and advised a range of private sector, governmental and other organisations including governments and public agencies in the UK, US, Australia, Canada, The Netherlands and Sweden, and the OECD.

In 2015 he was appointed by the ESRC and Innovate UK as one of five Thought Leaders working to integrate scientific innovation and social science research across the UK, and he is currently one of the Co-Investigators managing the £1.2m ESRC Productivity Insights Network, which aims to bring together leading social science academics to help address the UK economy’s resilient productivity gap.

His other current appointments include international expert advisor to the Swedish National Transport Laboratory for its work on connected and autonomous vehicles, Commissioner on the National Infrastructure Commission for Scotland, and member of the Scottish Ministers’ Governance Board overseeing the revised National Transport Strategy.

Iain holds Fellowships of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Royal Society of Arts, the Royal Geographical Society and the Institution of Civil Engineers, and is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.


Professor Iain Docherty

Dean of the Institute for Advanced Studies