Rod trained initially in music, which led to ten years managing creative industries projects (highlights include managing over thirty international tours for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and producing eight Edinburgh Festival Fireworks Concerts). A growing interest in sustainability led in 2010 to low-carbon transitions project work with Laggan Forest Trust, and MSc and PhD research in sustainability and management at University of St Andrews (focussing especially on participatory biodiversity governance, post-growth political economy, and community owned organisations). Since then, he’s been lecturing on sustainability and social innovation at St Andrews and Manchester universities, with guest appearances at Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier, Mount Royal, and Baltic University Programme. He’s passionate about sustainability and enjoys working with artists, business leaders, community activists, and policymakers on transitions projects. Away from work, Rod spends most of his time in the outdoors; mountaineering, skiing, cycling, and sailing.