Prof Buchan has specialized in healthcare workforce policy analysis throughout his career. His background includes working at the national level in the National Health Service in Scotland, his home country, and as a specialist adviser to Health Workforce Australia, a federal government agency. He has also worked for WHO in Geneva and Copenhagen. He is currently working as an adviser in Europe, Asia, and the Pacific, for governments and international agencies such as ICN, WHO, World Bank. He is Editor in Chief of “Human Resources for Health” the peer-reviewed journal affiliated with WHO.