Professor Bob Ferrier

Current Member


Prof Bob Ferrier is Director of the Centre of Expertise for Waters (CREW), at the Hydro Nation International Centre, James Hutton Institute. CREW delivers at the policy: research interface, which involves co-construction of knowledge involving all of Scotland’s Universities and Research Institutes and the water stakeholder community of policy, industry and practitioners. He has over 35 years’ experience in water resources management, with a particular focus  on developing an holistic approach to achieving sustainable solutions for resource management. He has worked globally on issues such as acid rain, diffuse pollution, catchment to coast interactions and rural sustainability, as influenced by climate change, land use, and human interactions.


Previously, the Director of Research at the James Hutton Institute, and was  also the Director of CXC (Scotland’s Centre of Expertise for Climate Change) representing the Scottish Research Institutes and is an Honorary Chair at the University of Dundee. He has worked in many international contexts and was the first International Flagship Fellow for CSIRO's Water for a Healthy Country Programme advising on the development of an effects-based strategy for the protection of the Great Barrier Reef.

Over recent years, he has been actively involved in delivering the Scottish Government’s Hydro Nation agenda, both domestically and internationally. He is passionate about meeting global water and climate challenge and was instrumental in establishing the Hydro Nation Scholars Programme supporting early career talent, and developing the water leaders of the future.

Professor Ferrier joined the SSAC on 1 December 2019.