Professor John Sawkins

Job title
Deputy Principal (Learning & Teaching)
MA (Hons), MSc (Econ), PhD, FHEA

Memberships of professional bodies

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

External appointments

  • Board Member of Consumer Focus Scotland (since 2008)
  • Member, South East Scotland Water Customer Consultation Panel (Waterwatch Scotland) 2003-2011


  • Wolfreton School, East Riding of Yorkshire
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Glasgow

Career history

  • Lecturer, Department of Economics, University of Aberdeen 1992-95
  • Lecturer, Heriot-Watt University 1995-2001
  • Senior Lecturer, HWU 2001-05  Reader 2005-08, Professor 2008 to date.
  • Dean of the University 2007-2012 (Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences)
  • Head of Accountancy, Economics and Finance 2009-2012
  • Deputy Principal (Learning & Teaching) since 2012

Areas of research

  • The economic regulation of the water industry with particular reference to domestic water pricing, affordability and debt.

Interests and hobbies

  • Gardening and music