Ralph has been head of community resilience policy at the Scottish Government for the last four years. In this role, he is responsible for developing the Scottish Government’s approach to community resilience to emergencies. Ralph has worked on numerous emergency responses. He is a volunteer board member for the Scottish Flood Forum.
Ralph has a background in research, planning and housing policy, and moved to Edinburgh to take up his current job after 10 years working with communities in the Scottish Highlands and Islands. He is a development planner by trade, and has worked as a teacher and researcher at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, with a focus on comparative models of international policy and planning in general and the Chinese development process in particular. He moved on to Scotland’s regeneration agency, Communities Scotland, where he helped develop more participatory approaches to research and analysis, including setting up the Scottish Community Action Research Fund, and in planning and housing policy and delivery for both Communities Scotland and the Scottish Government.