SEATIS is a highly specialised consultancy service that provides a novel approach to sustainable energy, recognising the need to include policy, economics, social and environmental issues as being of equal importance in energy generation. We have over 40 years combined experience in energy engineering, environmental science, climate change, policy and business. We have worked in emerging nations in South East Asia and West Africa, paying particular attention to combining indigenous wisdom, customary laws and the needs of the people with appropriate technology and knowledge exchange.


Dr Alan Owen

Director of SEATIS and Director of CUSP – RGU

Alan’s research ranges from numerical modelling of sustainable energy systems and resources in Europe , to developing international sustainable energy policy and strategy in post conflict/post disaster areas of South East Asia, and designing sustainable energy systems for rice production and food processing in Togo. Alan has developed collaborative partnerships with Scottish Universities and businesses, Indonesian Universities (Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember, Universitas Nasional, Universitas Islam Negeri, and Syiah Kuala University), many different NGO’s, and has hosted a number of Indonesian VIP visits to the UK including Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Indonesian Institute of Science, and Aceh Provincial Government.


Dr Leuserina Garniati

Co-Director of SEATIS and Research Fellow of CUSP-RGU

Nia’s professional experience includes more than 13 years of working with various local/multi-national NGOs, both UK and South East Asian Government institutions, and research communities in sustainable development related projects. Her main area of interest is in working with fragile/vulnerable societies to build indigenous capabilities for environmental protection and equal access to sustainable energy, food and water resources. Nia has initiated work funded by the UNDP, UK-DFID, FCO, and UK businesses for Indonesia. She also has contributed to the development of the Robert Gordon University’s Carbon Management Plan and was the lead consultant responsible for Aberdeen City/Shire Energy Baseline Systems and its Sustainable Energy Action Plan.

Aquatera staff and associates have been involved in studies in numerous locations around the world including Indonesia, building a network with organisations and developing projects.   Aquatera’s main base is in Stromness, Orkney, but staff can also be found in France and South America.

In this InSPIRe programme, Aquatera is the project leads, taking responsibility for the programme and logistics for all the researchers during visit to Scotland.  The key members of staff involved in this project are:



Dr Gareth Davies

Managing Director of Aquatera

Gareth formed Aquatera in 2000 and has been directing the company since then. He has worked as an environmental consultant for over 20 years and completed over 350 projects for the renewable energy, oil and gas and other industrial sectors. He has worked in many areas of the world including the Caspian Sea, the Mediterranean Sea, Russia, North America, South America, Asia and numerous island groups.


Gaynor Jones

Business Director for Aquatera and InSPIRe Project Manager

Amongst other things, Gaynor has great skills for organisational development, project management, and partnership working. She is involved in international developments and with particular focus on Indonesia; where she has visited on multiple occasions. Gaynor is also the Project Manager for the InSPIRe programme.


Ian Johnstone

Senior Consultant and Head of the Community and Onshore Operations Department for Aquatera

Ian has been working with Aquatera for six years. He is the lead consultant in several projects taking place out with the UK, especially across Asia. Prior to this Ian has held positions in local government and has many years of supporting communities. Recently he has visited Indonesia as part of a project development tour. He will take part in several activities during this programme, including presentations and tours.


Peter Long

Renewable Energy Consultant and InSPIRe Project Coordinator

Peter has been working with Aquatera for 2 years and has been involved in a range of different projects and with various tasks, from research and report writing on a variety of topics; organising and delivery of tours across Orkney for visiting delegations; and outreach projects with the local schools. He has been one of the main elements for the recent visiting Japanese and Indonesian groups visiting Orkney.  Peter will be one of your main points of contact during the duration of the programme.


Cat Morrison

InSPIRe Project Coordinator

Catriona came to Orkney to complete an MSc at ICIT and took a position at the university’s administration and student coordination department.  She has also joined the board on the island’s renewables membership group which is responsible for many developments across the islands. Catriona has been key to the development of the InSPIRe programme and will be present throughout many of the planned events.

ICIT is a specialist arm of the school of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society (EGIS) at Heriot-Watt University – established in 1989 to carry out advanced research, postgraduate training and consultancy in marine resource management and related issues. Since its establishment ICIT has led or participated in numerous international research studies. Its marine environmental research is considerable, growing from core staff with expertise in the development of assessment methods of impact and risk for the oil industry in the 1980s, having developed this into sustainability assessments, and environmental assessments for renewable energy developments. ICIT currently offers several MSc courses and supports PhD research primarily centred on renewable energy and marine studies.

ICIT will be involved in the InSPIRe project for different workshops on Marine Resources and Energy, Technology, Policy and Planning. The members of staff taking part in it are introduced below:


Dr Sandy Kerr

Director, Lecturer and Researcher in Economy

Sandy’s research interests are environmental and socio-economics related to islands and marine renewable energy. His research focuses on the sustainable management of marine resources, particularly in island economies and marine renewable energy systems.


Dr Michael Bell

Lecturer and Researcher in Biology

Mike’s research focuses on the impacts of marine renewable energy developments on fisheries and the marine environment, sustainable exploitation of fish with fishery management and fishstock resources management.  He has been working with local fisheries organisations on sustainable fishery management and interactions with wave and tidal energy developments.


Dr. Rob Harris

Researcher in hydrodynamics, oceanography and MRE systems

Rob’s research interests lie in the fields of hydrodynamics, oceanography and more recently marine renewable energy systems. He has over 38 years’ experience in hydrodynamic model testing, and in fixed / floating offshore / marine structural design.

The Robert Gordon University, based in Aberdeen, has been involved in a number of projects related to Indonesia, including support and studies for renewable energy developments, especially marine renewable energies.


Dr James Njuguna

Director of Research, School of Engineering

An Aeronautical engineering by background, he specialises in advanced material toughness and optimisation/ tailoring polymer nanocomposites and hybrid composites. He has been at fore-front of research in composite materials for over 20 years, experienced in structural materials and widely published, including text books on the subject.

Dr Njuguna holds invaluable experience gained from years of research work in the transport industry (aerospace, Formula 1 and automotive). The research stems from demarcation of molecular and structural features that contribute to the mechanical and thermal properties of nanocomposites and composites. James regularly deliver expertise on materials and design including bio composites, elastomers  and polymer composites to transport, chemical and offshore industry including Technip, Eaton, Subsea 7, BP, FIAT, DOF SUbsea and Fugro among many others in automotive, oil and gas sector


Dr Christine Edwards

Co-Director of CyanoSol

Research with emphasis on cyanobacterial toxins, and their occurrence and fate in the environment.  CyanoSol  group aims to develop sustainable solutions for algae related problems in the aquatic environment in parallel with the exploitation of their diverse biosynthetic capabilities. Her research emphasis on cyanobacterial toxins, and their occurrence and fate in the environment. Many years’ experience on production of high quality bioactive compounds for research tools. Specific interests in cyanobacterial signalling compounds and bioremediation of microcystins.