Update on Policy and Practice in Economic Development - 9 March 2018


Friday 9 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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£200+VAT Member; £275+VAT Non Member (Join today to receive the member rate)


Delivered in partnership with Edinburgh Napier University Business School, this course is a knowledge update for people with a good basis in local economic development, giving key insight and understanding on the changing economic and policy circumstances.

The course covers: challenges facing Scotland’s economy, potential implications of Brexit for Scotland’s economic performance, emerging economic policy in Scotland and the UK, Scotland’s businesses and sectors, and Scotland’s people. The course will draw on the most up to date information and material available to explore the impact of changing economic and policy circumstances on economic development in Scotland.

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, understanding and use their skills in relation to recent economic development influence on local economy. More specifically on completion of this course, the participant will be aware of:

  • Challenges Facing Scotland’s Economy and Future Scenarios. What are the prospects for Scotland in the light of the continuing uncertainty in the global economy?
  • Emerging Economic Policy in Scotland and the UK. How is the policy landscape changing and what are the implications for economic development in Scotland?
  • Scotland’s Businesses and Sectors. What are the implications of the economic crisis for Scotland’s businesses and priority sectors? How are we responding and where can we do better?
  • Scotland’s People. Major changes in welfare to work and skills policies could have significant impacts across Scotland. What are the emerging challenges and how should we respond?


Course Structure

Session 1: Challenges Facing Scotland’s Economy and Future Scenarios

Session 2: Emerging Economic Policy in Scotland and the UK

Session 3: Scotland’s Businesses and Sectors

Session 4: Scotland’s People


Course Tutor

Dr. Piotr Jaworski lectures at Edinburgh Napier University’s Business School, and previously taught at University College London and Birkbeck College. He has been involved in developing and delivering a wide range of courses for economic development professionals. As a member of the Polish Civil Service Corps he delivered several editions of courses on Economics and European Insurance for prospective Polish Civil Servants. He was also involved in negotiations on Polish accession to the European Union, serving as an adviser to the Minister of Finance for eight years.

At Edinburgh Napier, Dr Jarworski is a module leader of the honours level module in Development Economics and has served as a module leader for Project Appraisal delivered within the MSc International Promotion and Economic Development (IPED), of which he was also a Deputy Programme Leader. He has regularly been nominated for the Edinburgh Napier University excellence in teaching award. He is a Senior Teaching Fellow at Higher Education Academy and was the recipient of the Dean of Faculty of World Economy (Warsaw School of Economics) Prize for Excellence in Teaching.


The course has received regular praise from economic development professionals looking to further develop practical knowledge and tools to support their work. Robin Presswood, Head of Economy, Planning and Employability at Fife Council, stated:

"The [Update in Policy and Practice in Economic Development] course provides a useful overview and update of current national and regional economic policy, with fresh analysis on the latest trends in the Scottish economy. It has provided useful context for the economic policy, intelligence work and briefings that Fife Council's Economic Advisors carry out".

Book your place today!