ClimateXChange is funded by the Scottish Government primarily through the Rural and Environment Science and Analytical Services Division (RESAS) budget.

Our research budget is split between:

Research programme

We have a five year “in-principal” budget profile agreed with RESAS, subject to annual review and confirmation. The current budget was agreed for the 2016-2021 period.

We discuss priorities and progress with our Advisory Group biannually. The group has representation from policy and analytical teams from across the Scottish Government. Their role is to:

  • advise on the overall strategic issues that may require research and analytical support over the coming year, informed by evolving policy requirements;
  • make recommendations on the relative importance and prioritisation of projects within our 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 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.

Our research programme responds to the policy agenda in the Scottish Government, e.g. providing evidence and analysis to help policy officials who are developing the Scottish Climate Change Plan, the Energy Strategy and the Scottish Climate Change Adaptation Programme. Read our Annual Report to see how these developing policy areas have shaped our research from year to year. We build on knowledge and insights from Scottish, UK and international research networks, such as UKERC.

A key priority for CXC is to align research programmes with other Centres of Expertise, CREW and EPIC , and the National Centre for Resilience, and make the best use of available resources. See more on Centres of Expertise


We only publish research funded through one of our three funding mechanisms:


Our eight strong Directorate consists of members representing different interests amongst the institutions from which we draw our core research capability.

Collectively, the Directorate is responsible for:

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

The Directorate is led by our three Directors, Profs Andy Kerr (Edinburgh), Pete Smith (Aberdeen) and Deb Roberts (JHI) who are contractually responsible for delivering the overall ClimateXChange programme.  Andy Kerr manages the CXC Secretariat, which is hosted at ECCI, University of Edinburgh.

See all the members of the Directorate


Working closely with the Directors, the Secretariat is the lynchpin for the knowledge exchange activities of ClimateXChange, and actively manages all CXC projects.

The Secretariat works between researchers and policy teams to help formulate and co-develop the policy-driven research questions and manage the projects. They also help edit reports so they are fit for a non-specialist audience.

The Programme Manager manages the day to day work of the Secretariat, and acts as the bridge between the demand for analysis and research by policy teams and public agencies and the supply from research providers.

See who work in the Secretariat