Introduction to Economic Development with Prof Graeme Roy, Director, Fraser of Allander Institute

Wednesday 4 November (10am - 12noon),
Wednesday 11 November (10am – 12noon)
Wednesday 18 November (10am – 12noon)

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Course description 

Recent events have highlighted both the importance of a strong economy and the fragility of our current economic model to sudden change.

In such times, it is all the more important for local economic professionals to be up-to-speed with the latest developments and emerging trends and insights.

This course on Introduction to Local Economic Development is designed for people new to the role in local authorities, regional and national agencies and other organisations. It will cover key policies and strategies, and institutional arrangements, relevant to the Scottish setting. And it will discuss the future direction of travel, including around the transition to net zero and the drive toward a wellbeing economy.

The course will also provide an accessible introduction into the world of economic development through the lens of the Scottish economy. Key terms and data sources will be covered, alongside a discussion of Scotland’s economic strengths and weaknesses at both a national and local level.

We’ll spend some time talking about ‘hot topics’ of the day – most notably the economic impact of COVID-19 but also other issues such as Brexit and the evolving powers of the Scottish Parliament.


The course takes place over a 3-week period online: 

Wednesday 4 November (10am - 12noon)
Wednesday 11 November (10am - 12noon)
Wednesday 18 November (10am - 12noon)


Course Content 

  • An overview of the Scottish economy
  • The economic development landscape in Scotland
  • The immediate outlook for the Scottish economy: what do we know & what do we not know? And what does all this mean for local economic development professionals?
  • The long-term outlook for Scottish economy: Grand Challenges and Global Risks – how can local economic development professionals best prepare?

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Bookings Policy 

Bookings are non refundable. However, a substitute may attend in place. 



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