New Head for School of Management and Business

PROFESSOR Mike Christie has been announced as the new Head of the School of Management and Business within the Institute of Management, Law and Information Science.

Professor Christie, an agriculture graduate from Aberdeen University, was appointed a Lecturer in Environmental Economics at Aberystwyth University’s Institute of Rural Studies in 1996 before being appointed Professor of Environmental and Ecological Economics in the School of Management and Business in 2012.

His research focuses on Environmental and Ecological Economics, specialising in the economic and social valuation of biodiversity and ecosystem services.

This involves the use of specialised survey techniques that assess how people benefit from the natural environment, and subsequently incorporate these economic preferences into policy decisions to more sustainably manage the fragile environment.

Professor Mike Christie

Professor Mike Christie

On his appointment, Professor Christie commented;

“It is a great privilege to have been appointed Head of the School of Management and Business. The School is one of the UK’s leading business schools having recently been shortlisted for the Best Business School of the Year at the Times Higher Education Awards.

The School’s research record is also impressive with recent projects being funded by five of the seven UK Research Councils, the EU, UK and Welsh Governments. My vision for the School is to continue to develop its strengths as a main-stream business school. In addition, and building on our research strengths and the Aberystwyth locality, I wish to develop the School as the UK’s leading centre of excellence in rural, environmental and developmental business and economics.”

Congratulating Professor Christie on his appointment, Vice-Chancellor Professor April McMahon said;

“I am delighted that Mike has been appointed to lead the School of Management and Business. He is an outstanding researcher and will aim to further develop the School’s research agenda. I am also confident that his experience from across the University will support the University’s aim of interdisciplinary working, and will ensure that the School continues to provide an excellent student experience.”

Professor Christie succeeds Professor Steven McGuire who will be taking up a new role as the Head of Business, Management and Economics at Sussex University in March.