Centre for Mountain Studies
The Centre for Mountain Studies (CMS) has a global reputation for conducting high-quality research, consultancy, knowledge exchange and post-graduate teaching relating to the sustainable development of mountain regions, recognised by its status as the UNESCO Chair for Sustainable Mountain Development. The CMS has a track record of conducting research and consultancy that directly influence policy at a range of scales.
Work in Scotland has focused particularly on the sustainability of upland estates and positive engagement with their neighbouring communities, and on wild land and forests; clients have included the Scottish Government, both National Parks, Scottish Natural Heritage, and Forestry Commission Scotland.
In Europe, work for the European Commission on quality mountain foods provided an input to a new regulation; integrated assessments of European mountain areas have been coordinated for the European Commission and the European Environment Agency; and an evaluation of two decades of sustainable development in the Alps was conducted for the Swiss Federal Office for Spatial Development.
Work at the global scale has included the preparation of a report on the diverse values of mountain forests, as well as inputs to policy processes with regard to sustainable mountain development, for FAO, UNEP, IUCN and other international organisations.
Many of the above activities have included significant knowledge exchange components; the CMS also has considerable experience of organising meetings, from small workshops on key Scottish issues to the largest international conference on global change and the world’s mountain regions (450 people, 60 countries). All CMS activities underpin its unique part-time on-line MSc in Sustainable Mountain Development, which includes modules that can be taken for continuing professional development (CPD).
Key information and contact details
You can find more information at the
Centre Director: Professor Martin Price
Administrator: Angela Paterson
Centre for Mountain Studies, Perth College UHI, Crieff Road, Perth, PH1 2NX