Senior Lecturer, School of Geography and Sustainable Development


Charles Warren graduated with a First Class Geography degree from Oxford University in 1985 before gaining an M.Sc. in Natural Resource Management and a Ph.D in Glaciology, both at the University of Edinburgh.  He moved to St Andrews in 1995, initially continuing his research on the climatic response of glaciers, but then moving into the field of environmental management.  He has published widely on environmental, land management and conservation issues (h-index = 36), notably in his book Managing Scotland’s Environment (2009) and in the co-edited volumes Learning from Wind Power (2012) and Lairds, Land and Sustainability: Scottish perspectives on upland management (2013).  He was awarded the President’s Medal by the Royal Scottish Geographical Society in 2004, and is Co-Editor of the Scottish Geographical Journal.  He is also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce.  

Selected publications

Warren, C.R.  2009.  Managing Scotland’s Environment.  Second Edition.  Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh.  490 pp.    

Warren, C.R. and M.McFadyen.  2010.  Does community ownership affect public attitudes to wind energy?  A case study from south-west Scotland.  Land Use Policy 27(2): 204-213.

Szarka, J.P., R.J.Cowell, G. Ellis, P.A.Strachan and C.R.Warren (eds).  2012.  Learning from Wind Power: Governance, Societal and Policy Perspectives on Sustainable Energy.  Palgrave, Basingstoke.  259 pp.

Warren, C.R., R.Burton, O.Buchanan and R.V.Birnie.  2016.  Limited adoption of biomass energy crops: the role of farmers’ identity and farming culture.  Journal of Rural Studies 45C: 175-183. 

Warren, C.R. and Clayton, D.W.  2021.  Climate change, COP26 and the crucible of crisis.  Scottish Geographical Journal 136(1-4): 1-4.