Martin Price is the Director of the Centre for Mountain Studies, with qualifications including a PhD in Geography, an MSc in Environmental Science, and BSc in Natural Environmental Science.
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. He has coordinated three major assessments of Europe’s mountains.
Martin established the University of Oxford’s Mountain Regions and Conservation Programme in 1995. During this time he supervised MSc and DPhil students, in addition to lecturing. He was also Scientific Associate of the Institute of Geography at 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.
Martin 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. In 2005, UHI 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”.