Work & Strategy

EDAS regularly focuses on a few key policy and practice themes to inform its work programme, communications and events. Focussing on these themes offers the opportunity to bring together policy makers and practitioners from across the public, private and third sectors to explore these topics in a collaborative and open manner.  

Currently, EDAS is focusing its work programme on three themes: Inclusive Growth, Regional Economic Partnerships and the Implications of Brexit on economic development.  Of course, these themes are interconnected with Brexit’s potential implications impacting on growth, and also in our work with the Scottish Government's Scotland's Centre for Regional Inclusive Growth (SCRIG). 

Inclusive Growth 

Utilising our extensive policy and practitioner network, EDAS has established an Inclusive Growth Community of Practice (CoP). The CoP will allow policy makers and practitioners to explore how best to deliver activities that promote this key government objective. The Scottish Government is supporting this work linking to the Scottish Centre for Regional Inclusive Growth. Upcoming events will focus on Community Wealth Building and Business Engagement. A further event will explore the implications of ‘Green New Deal’ type approaches for economic development in Scotland.

Regional Economic Partnerships

As more of the economic development agenda is guided by area focussed growth deals, EDAS is exploring the implications for policy and practice in Scotland. As part of this theme we are collaborating with the Scottish Futures Trust to consider the lessons for Scottish infrastructure and related policy in the context of national and international experiences.   

Implications of Brexit

Building on our previous work relating to internationalisation and Scotland's place in the world, EDAS is exploring the impact of Brexit on our economy, trade and investment, economic development funding and specific geographies and industries, including migration and the future workforce.