Professor Ian Simpson


Biological and Environmental Sciences University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Professor Ian Simpson

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Professor, Geography and Environmental Sciences, University of Stirling.

1985 Ph.D. Geography. Anthropogenic sedimentation in Orkney: the formation of deep top soils and farm mounds. University of Strathclyde (Science and Engineering Research Council Studentship). 1981 B.Sc. (Hons.) Geography and Biology, University of Strathclyde.

Honorary Fellowship: 2015- Honorary Fellow of Royal Scottish Geographical Society (FRSGS) Fellowship: 2002- Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (FSA Scot) Visiting Professor: 2000- Anthropology, Graduate School, City University New York


Aug 2002 – present: Professor, Geography and Environmental Sciences, University of Stirling Leadership of research and research-led learning and teaching in Geography and the Environmental Sciences. Research focussed on Geoarchaeology – Soils, sediments and landscape histories- landscape change, long-term sustainabilities and resiliences, heritage management. North Atlantic and South Asia regional foci, with experience in Sahalian Africa, Middle East, North-west Europe). Additional foundational specialisms in Pedology, Biogeography, Land resources sustainability.

Aug 1990-July 2002: Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader: Geography and Environmental Sciences University of Stirling. Research programmes and research-led teaching modules in Land Resources and in Geoarchaeology. Development of BSc Environmental Geography and MSc Environmental Management programmes.

Aug 1985 – July 1990: Researcher, Senior Researcher: Ministry of Agriculture, UK Government. Responsible for research and development of land evaluation and monitoring methods applied to formulation, implementation and monitoring of EU/UK land use and environment policies.

Aug 2011 –July 2016: Dean, Natural Sciences, Senior Management Team University of Stirling. Responsible for founding and establishing the new Faculty of Natural Sciences, integrating the Institute of Aquaculture, Biological Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Computing Sciences, Mathematics, and Psychology. Initiating and leading strategic directions in research and in learning and teaching, managing human resources, finance and space.

Aug 2007 – Dec 2011: Deputy Principal (Research), Senior Management Team University of Stirling. Responsible for University research futures and strategy, academic staff research performance, research outputs, citation and open access, research grant and contract income, Research Excellence Framework (REF) preparation, Research post-graduate students, research-led learning.

Aug 2006- July 2007: Head, Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Stirling. Responsible for research and teaching with ca. 450 FTE students, 24 FTE Academic Staff and 12 FTE support staff, including strategy and planning, finance, human resource and space / infrastructure.

Aug 2002-July 2006: Associate Dean (Research) Natural Sciences, University of Stirling. Responsible for Faculty Research Strategy, Facility funding initiatives Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) management; Faculty research postgraduate development and supervision quality.

Other Academic Activities

Honorary Fellow, Royal Scottish Geographical Society
Royal Scottish Geographical Society