Research Approvals Committee

Our Research Approvals Committee (RAC) is an independent body, which makes decisions about the use of the UBDC's infrastructure and resources.


RAC members:

  • Cecilia Wong (RAC Chair); Professor of Urban Planning; University of Manchester
  • Ian Gordon (RAC Vice-Chair), Emeritus Professor of Human Geography, London School of Economics
  • Scott Cain; Chief Business Officer, Future Cities Catapult; Founding Partner, The Long Run Venture
  • Jon Coaffee; Professor of Urban Geography, University of Warwick
  • Caitlin Cottrill; Lecturer in Geoscience, University of Aberdeen
  • Angela Dunlop; Compliance Assistant, Information Governance and Compliance, University of Strathclyde
  • Roger Halliday; Chief Statistician, Scottish Government
  • Edward Harkins; Independent consultant on housing and urban regeneration
  • Ben Heydecker; Professor of Transport Studies, University College London
  • Martin Lux; Research Fellow in Housing, Charles University
  • Daithí Mac Síthigh; Professor of Law and innovation, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Kenneth Macdonald (Lay Member representing the public interest); BBC Scotland Special Correspondent, BBC
  • Peter Macleod; Director of Children's Services, Renfrewshire Council
  • Mirco Musolesi; Reader in Data Science, University College London
  • John Nelson; Professor and Chair in Transport Studies, University of Aberdeen
  • Viggo Nordvik; Senior Researcher in Housing, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences
  • Cecilia Oram; Sustrans
  • Russell Rimmer; Professor of Statistics and Education, Queen Margaret University
  • Alasdair Rutherford; Senior Lecturer in Social Statistics, University of Stirling
  • Natalie Shlomo; Professor of Social Statistics, University of Manchester
  • Christopher Timmins; Professor of Economics, Duke University
  • Damian Walne; Director, Regeneris Consulting 
  • Ralph Weedon; Information Governance and Compliance Manager, University of Strathclyde; Member of the UUK/Guild HE Copyright Working Group nationally
  • Gavin Wood; Professor of Housing and Urban Research, RMIT

Former members:

  • Paul Cheshire; Emeritus Professor of Economic Geography, London School of Economics
  • Lillian Edwards; Professor of Law, University of Strathclyde
  • Andrew Judson; Director of Data Science, Aridhia
  • Karen O'Hanlon; Principal Consultant and Head of Professional Services, Aridhia
  • Chris Yiu; Director of Digital Participation, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations