ClimateXChange :: How we work

How we work

ClimateXChange comprises researchers in Scotland’s leading research and higher education institutions, who deliver our core programme of co-developed research. Amongst these are our Post-Doctoral Research Fellows who work full time on CXC projects. Read more about their work.

Additionally, a number of researchers at the Scottish Environment, Food and Agriculture Research Institutes are members of ClimateXChange and work on a range of projects in our programme.

We also use our flexible funding to commission research where the best expertise to respond to a particular question exists outside our core membership. Commissions are advertised on the homepage. For more information about CXC’s modes of commissioning research, contact us at

Our eight strong Directorate has members representing the different interests amongst the member institutions.

Collectively, the Directorate is responsible for: 

  • coordinating CXC’s knowledge exchange and research;
  • overseeing CXC’s research projects;
  • linkages with other programmes (notably the RESAS Strategic Research Programme);
  • CXC’s annual reporting;
  • identifying scope for developing the Centre further; and,
  • representing the Centre externally.

The Directorate is led by our three Directors, who also manage the CXC Secretariat.

Together the Directors and the Secretariat actively manage all CXC projects, supporting our researchers at every step of the process. Meet the Directors and the Secretariat.

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Our knowledge exchange model.

Read more about our KE model 

CXC also benefits from guidance from a Scottish Government advisory group. The group has representation from policy and analytical teams from across the Scottish Government, as well as our principal funders, the Rural and Environment Science Analytical Services Division or RESAS. The advisory group's role is to: 

  • advise on the overall strategic direction of CXC’s programme of research, informed by evolving policy requirements;
  • make recommendations on the relative importance and prioritisation of projects within that programme;
  • make recommendations for prioritisation of work under the programme;
  • act as a forum to develop and encourage consistency in policy team interactions with CXC;
  • direct further activity to specify projects and nominate project leads from amongst Scottish Government officials;
  • provide views on on progress and outputs of CXC projects; and
  • bring awareness of existing investment in skills and research within the Strategic Research Programme, building on synergies where possible and avoiding duplication.  

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