Introduction to Economic Development - 27 & 28 March 2018


Tuesday 27-Wednesday 28 March 2018

9:00 – 16:30

Apex House, 99 Haymarket Terrace, Edinburgh 

Lunch and refreshments provided.

For enquiries, please contact [email protected].

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£400 + VAT for members, £500 + VAT for non-members (Join today to receive the member rate)


Delivered in partnership with Edinburgh Napier University Business School, this course in an ideal two-day introduction to all aspects of economic development. 

The course covers Scotland's economy and economic strategy, and how economic development can be more successful in combating unemployment, boosting growth, building the skills base and developing entrepreneurship. Using a blend of theory, real world examples and group discussion we try and evaluate the current government’s approach to economic development. No background in economics is required.

The CPD points from EDAS' courses are recognised by the Institute for Economic Development (IED). 


Intended Course Learning Outcomes

The course provides participants with an opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of the basic components of economics development. More specifically on completion of this course, the participant will:

  • Develop knowledge of the basic benefits and challenges concerned with economic development.
  • Understand how the application of economic development programmes can benefit functional areas such as economic inclusion, business development and skills and human resource development.
  • Develop an understanding of the importance of innovation and sustainability in the context of economic development.
  • Understand the role of the key economic development organisations in Scotland.
  • Be able to contribute to the debate concerning the key strategies being used in Scotland to promote economic development.


Course Structure

Day One

  • Scotland’s Economy (Key facts and what we do best)
  • Economic Development Strategies and Agencies
  • Tackling Worklessness
  • Regional polices and Community Regeneration

Day Two

  • Building the Skills Base
  • Developing Entrepreneurship
  • Supporting Key Sectors
  • Tomorrow’s Economy


Course Tutor

Dr Kenny Crossan is Lecturer in Economics, Edinburgh Napier University. He has been teaching introductory economics courses to non-economists for 18 years and has delivered courses to a professional audience for a number of years, including to the Association of Chartered Treasures, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland, and staff from the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission-NDRC.

Dr Crosssan is involved in research that considers key elements of Scotland’s economic development. He has been involved in a project investigating why the level of new firm formation differs across Scottish regions and is currently involved in a project looking at how the third sector can access private sector resources across Scotland. The latter project has strong links to the Scottish Government’s Business pledge and is funded by the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KPT) Scheme.


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