Professor in Interdisciplinary Environmental Research
Mark graduated in 1997 and 1999 with a BSc (Hons) Tropical Environmental Science and an MSc Agroforestry from the University of Aberdeen. He then received his Post Graduate Certificate in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education in 2004 and his PhD in 2005 from the University of Leeds.
Since then, Mark has played a leadership role in research worth £9.5 million, and been a funded member in teams that have secured a further £2M. Mark has more than 50 peer-reviewed ISI-listed journal articles published or in press, in addition to book chapters and other publications. His H index is 19 according to Scopus (20 including book chapters and conference papers according to Google Scholar). Marks' work has been covered by the Guardian, Radio 4, Radio Scotland and international media.
In 2008, Mark became the first UK researcher to be awarded a joint fellowship by the US Social Science Research Council and ESRC. In 2009 Mark was awarded the ESRC’s Michael Young Prize, “rewarding the very best early career social scientists whose research has the potential to make a positive and far-reaching impact beyond academia”.
In 2010, he was invited as a lead author on the “Socio-Economic and Knowledge Management” Working Group to provide a synthesis of current research and make recommendations to the 10th Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification. In 2011, the Sustainable Uplands project (that Mark has co-ordinated since 2005) was voted “best example of impact” at the Rural Economy and Land Use programme’s final conference – one of only two projects receiving awards out of over 100 investments.
In 2011, Mark became a member of the Programme Advisory Group for NERC’s Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Sustainability programme. He was a contributing author to the upland chapter of the UK National Ecosystem Assessment and am co-leading one of the Work Packages for the follow-on to the National Ecosystem Assessment. Mark is on the Roster of Experts in the second phase of DEFRA's Ecosystem Markets Taskforce. He helped lead the development of Knowledge Exchange Guidelines for RCUK’s Living with Environmental Change partnership, and is working with EU's Biodiversa programme to develop similar guidelines.