"This is a significant milestone for Scotland the Hydro Nation, as well as a personal achievement for Christopher"
Christopher Schulz, a PhD candidate in Geography at the University of Edinburgh, the James Hutton Institute (Aberdeen) and Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), Edinburgh, recently became the first scholar of the Hydro Nation Scholars Programme to finish his studies.
The Hydro Nation Scholars Programme is a key element of Scotland’s drive to become a Hydro Nation, meaning one that manages its water environment to the best advantage, using its knowledge and expertise at home and internationally.
Christopher’s work aims at identifying multiple dimensions of water values and their connection to water governance in the Brazilian Cuiabá River Basin and in the Pantanal wetland, engaging a wide variety of stakeholders from the local water sector in his research. He holds an MSc (distinction) in Environment and Development from the University of Edinburgh, as well as a B.A. in Politics and Public Administration from the University of Konstanz.
Barry Greig, Hydro Nation Manager for the Scottish Government, said: “This is a significant milestone for Scotland the Hydro Nation, as well as a personal achievement for Christopher, and underlines our commitment to develop research excellence and make a contribution to key global water issues.
“As the first cohort of Hydro Nation Scholars complete their studies we look forward to building on the valuable contribution they have made to policy and science helping to enhance Scotland’s growing reputation as a centre of expertise in water.”
The James Hutton Institute’s Professor Bob Ferrier, who chairs the Hydro Nation Scholars Programme, commented: “We are delighted with Christopher’s success as our first Scholar. The Hydro Nations Scholars Programme, so actively supported by the Scottish Government, allows us to develop the brightest talent to become the global water leaders of the future. His personal success and that of the wider programme will benefit many across the world in the years to come.”