Jim has enjoyed a relatively long professional career centred around sustainability, energy and natural resources before fully joining the academic world to begin his PhD in 2018. With a first degree in Chemistry (University of Oxford), followed a few years later by a MSc in Environmental Technology (Napier University), Jim’s career in sustainability got moving when he joined a start-up consultancy specialising in sustainable construction in 2000. There, he advised several high profile clients on sustainable building design, procurement and management, and was also instrumental in setting up and managing the National Industrial Symbiosis Programme in Scotland.
Subsequently Jim joined the global multidisciplinary consultancy AECOM, where he was involved in a wide range of sustainable energy, waste, water and lifecycle carbon projects for a similarly wide range of clients (corporations, NGOs and public sector, community). Following this, he was employed on a project run by the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation – ECCI – at the University of Edinburgh (seconded in from Edinburgh Napier University) supporting entrepreneurs, businesses and other organisations developing innovative approaches to mitigating climate impact. He retains a loose affiliation with ECCI.