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Prof Ian Bryden

BSc, PhD; Vice Principal (Research)

University of the Highlands and Islands
Executive Office
12B Ness Walk

t: +44 (0)1463 279506

Available to talk to the media about

  • Sustainable Energy
  • Marine Energy: wave and tidal current
  • Energy Strategy
  • Research Strategy


In the following languages

  • English


Professor Ian Bryden has been Vice-Principal (Research) and Associate Principal (Specialist Colleges) since November 2013. He is responsible for developing and implementing the university research strategy and for representing the specialist colleges.

He was head of the Institute for Energy Systems at the University of Edinburgh, having previously held positions with Heriot-Watt University and the Robert Gordon University, where he had been head of the School of Mechanical and Offshore Engineering and, until his departure for Edinburgh, was dean of postgraduate studies.

He has over 30 years research experience, primarily in fields associated with energy and hydrodynamics and is still active in research related to marine energy. In addition to his academic positions, he is a director of FloWave TT Ltd, which operates the world leading “All Waters Marine Energy Test Centre” in Edinburgh. He is a chartered engineer and a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, The Institution for Mechanical Engineers, the Institute for Marine Engineers, Scientists and Technologist and the Institute for Physics.

Current research

  • Ongoing research associated with the interactions between marine technology and the physical marine environment.

Selected publications

  • Paul A.J.Bonar, Ian G.Bryden, Alistair G.L.Borthwick, “Social and ecological impacts of marine energy development”, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 47(2015)486–495.
  • Pascal R.,Bryden I., “Directional Spectrum Methods for Deterministic Waves”, Ocean Engineering 2011, doi:10.1016/j.oceaneng.2011.05.021
  • Bryden IG, Couch SJ, Owen A and Melville G, “Tidal Current Resource Assessment”, Proc Instn Mech Engrs, Part A: J.Power and Energy, Volume 221, Number 2 / 2007, pp125-154, ISSN 0957-6509
  • El-Geziry TM; Bryden IG; Couch SJ, “Environmental impact assessment for tidal energy schemes: an exemplar case study of the Strait of Messina”, Proceedings of IMarEST - Part A - Journal of Marine Engineering and Technology, Volume 2009, Number 13, January 2009 , pp. 39-48(10), IMarEST
  • Bryden I.G. and Couch SJ, “Marine Energy Extraction: Tidal Resource Analysis”, Journal of Renewable Energy, Elsevier, RENE2412, paper 10.1016/j.renene.2005.08.012
  • Barbour E, Bryden IG, “Energy Storage in Association with Tidal Current Generation Systems”, DOI: 10.1177/0957650911399014, Proceedings of the Institution for Mechanical Engineers, Journal of Power and Energy, 2011.