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Richard Allan

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Environmental and Biochemical Sciences
Environmental and Biochemical Sciences
Business Sector Leader - Enviroment
+44 (0)1382 568952

The James Hutton Institute


Richard Allan is the Business Sector Lead: Environment at the James Hutton Institute. As the Business Sector Lead: Environment, Richard is accountable for developing the research opportunities on natural capital, biodiversity, sustainability, the circular economy, water and other environmental topics.  Prior to working at the institute, Richard started his career in the whisky industry working as a chemist at William Grant and Sons and was involved in quality control, process optimisation and new product development. Richard went on to become the Chief Scientist at Scottish Water and then latterly Managing Director of Scottish Water Horizons and was responsible for delivering sustainable renewable energy for Scottish Water through wind, hydro, solar and waste recycling projects along with providing a range of other services. Richard has 25 years' experience in industry and current holds the Chair of the Strategic Advisory Board: Environment at CEN. His PhD is in Risk Analysis and is focused on risk management performance of utilities.

Current research interests

Richard`s current focus is on sustainable rural water systems which includes:

  • Decentralized wastewater treatment systems
  • Anaerobic digestion
  • Water Safety Planning
  • Removal of substances of high concern and natural organic matter from drinking water


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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.