University of Stirling
Iain Docherty is Dean of the Institute for Advanced Studies and Professor of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Stirling. Iain’s research and teaching addresses the interconnecting issues of public administration, institutional change and city and regional competitiveness, with particular emphasis on the structures and processes of local and regional governance, policies for delivering improved economic performance and environmental sustainability, and the development and implementation of strategic planning and transport policies.
Iain has worked with and advised a range of private sector, governmental and other organisations including governments, public agencies and research organisations in the UK, US, Australia, Canada, France, Ireland, The Netherlands and Sweden, the European Commission 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 subsequently as one of the Co-Investigators and Infrastructure Theme Lead of the £1.2m ESRC Productivity Insights Network bringing together leading social science academics to help address the UK economy’s resilient productivity gap.
Iain has held numerous senior board level and public appointments including Non-Executive Director of Transport Scotland and ScotRail, Deputy Chair of the Glasgow Connectivity Commission and Commissioner on the National Infrastructure Commission for Scotland. In 2021 he was appointed as a Director of the National Transport Authority of Ireland where he chairs the Capital Programme Committee, which scrutinises the Authority’s annual billion Euro investment portfolio.
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