Strathclyde Chancellor's FellowsDr Scott McGrane

Senior Lecturer, Economics

Dr Scott McGrane

The Chancellor’s Fellowship, unlike a traditional lecturer post, is an excellent opportunity for ambitious researchers to build their own independence and build a research group around them. I was attracted to this fellowship because of the freedom and flexibility that it allows to develop ambitious research proposals and collaborative networks. As an interdisciplinary academic, these fellowships provide a unique opportunity to work across disciplines and develop a truly impactful research group that address significant challenges.

I am an interdisciplinary hydrologist with a particular focus on the impacts of environmental change on freshwater resources. My Fellowship is a joint appointment with the Department of Economics and the Applied Physics Department at Stanford University (one of Strathclyde’s key international strategic partners), and I also work closely with colleagues across Strathclyde in the departments of Physics, Government and Public Policy, Civil and Environmental Engineering and the School of Law.

The University of Strathclyde is an excellent, progressive university and the ideal place to build an ambitious research group. The University is home to world-class academics, facilities and have very strong ties with industry and government groups alike. A major attraction for me is the international ambition the university have and the connection to a network of international strategic partners. The University actively encourage and support these collaborations, and I have been fortunate to spend significant time at Stanford University building my research group with support from across the faculties here at Strathclyde.

In December 2022, I was promoted from my Chancellor’s Fellow post to that of a senior lecturer.  The fellowship was a perfect developmental step toward achieving this, as it enabled me to develop a research portfolio and team, while incorporating research outputs into multidisciplinary teaching programmes that transcend science, economics, policy, law and engineering.

The University is a very inclusive place to work, providing a number of opportunities and support schemes to help staff and students alike. Priding itself as a ‘people-oriented’ institution, the University operates in a socially progressive way. From mental health initiatives, to staff with caring requirements, and opportunities to progress via the ‘Grow Your Own’ policies, the University provides multiple avenues of support to develop an ambitious career while balancing additional responsibilities outside of work.