Work & Strategy

EDAS regularly focuses on a few key policy and practice themes to inform its work programme, communications and events. In recent years these have related to Internationalisation, Innovation and Skills. These foci 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 new themes: Brexit, Inclusive Growth and Regional Development 



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. This programme of activity is being taken forward with input from a range of stakeholders, including the Government's Chief Economic Adviser, Fraser of Allander Institute, SLAED, trade experts and EDAS members. 

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. More information on the Community of Practice is available on its own blog page, where regular updates on the subject and events will be updated. EDAS will also be delivering related CPD training. This initiative is aligned with the Government's Scottish Centre for Regional Inclusive Growth.    

Regional Development and Deal Making

As more of the economic development agenda is guided by city, growth and industry deals, EDAS is exploring the implications for policy and practice in Scotland. An event is being undertaken in partnership with the IED to consider the lessons from England, whilst another event will consider the lessons for Scottish industrial policy in the context of national and international experiences.