Dr Douglas Chalmers is a Caledonian Scholar and Senior Lecturer in Media and Journalism at Glasgow Caledonian University
An economist by profession, Dr Chalmers has specialised for almost fifteen years in the economics of minority languages, arts and culture and has undertaken consultancy for many organisations, including Highlands and Islands Enterprise, City of Glasgow Council, The Gaelic Arts Agency (Pròiseact nan Ealan), and the Gaelic Language Board (Bòrd na Gàidhlig). Until 2012 he was the contract holder and local co-ordinator for a European Union Framework 6 Integrated Project DYLAN - Language Dynamics and the Management of Diversity.
For five years until December 2010, Dr Chalmers was a member of the BBC's Audience Council Scotland, advising the BBC Trust on issues of minority language transmission - in particular Scottish Gaelic. Previously he was a member of the BBC Broadcasting Council Scotland.
Some of Dr Chalmers's work has concerned:
- The Development and future of Gaelic Broadcasting
- Economic Development and Minority Language Policy
- The Economic Impact of Gaelic Arts and Culture
- Integrating Minorities into Economic and Social Life
- The Politics of Scottish Devolution
- The Use of Technology in Higher Education