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Blog: "Scenario thinking for a ‘new normal’" - Ewan Mearns, Scottish Enterprise

Ewan Mearns, Strategy Team Leader, Scottish Enterpriseand EDAS Board MemberWe hear a lot about the ‘new normal’ these days.  But what exactly does this mean?  And do we all have the same interpretation?The term implies that we would all recognise what the ‘old normal’ looks like.&n...


Blog: "Could Covid-19 be a catalyst for reimagining capitalism?" - Charlie Woods, SUII

Charlie Woods is EDAS's Policy and Practicesub-group Chair and Director of theScottish Universities Insight InstituteFree market capitalism is the greatest source of prosperity the world has ever seen, but capitalism is on the verge of destroying the planet and destabilizing society. The good news i...


Blog: 'Where now for construction in Scotland?', Chris Kelly - EKOS Ltd

As the construction sector looks set to gradually emerge from the shutdown, this short paper from Chris Kelly, EKOS and EDAS Board member considers some of the issues which may impact on the future of the construction sector in Scotland. There are three issues of critical importance that need t...


Common Weal Launches Resilience Economics

Common Weal today launches Resilience Economics, an economic framework for rebuilding Scotland's economy post-virus (read the full report here  or the summary here ). The report is backed by a list of leading economists including Costas Lapavistas, Professor of economics at the School of Orient...


Launch of new Economics Observatory

Today, a new website has been launched – the Economics Observatory (ECO) – that aims to offer insights into the economics of the Covid-19 crisis and the recovery.The initiative, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), draws on the expertise of economists from over 25 universit...


Blog: "Inclusive Growth: Finding Lost Einsteins" - Charlie Woods, SUII

Charlie Woods is EDAS's Policy and Practicesub-group Chair and Director of theScottish Universities Insight Institute“…there are many “lost Einsteins”…especially among women, minorities, and children from low-income families.”[1]The contribution of more inclusive and equitable developmen...


Blog: Susan Love, FSB Scotland

Susan Love is an EDAS Board Memberand Policy Manager for FSB ScotlandDuring the Covid crisis, local social media has come into its own, not least as the go-to source of information about toilet roll or flour availability! Shared with almost as much enthusiasm have been the stories about local busine...


Skills Development Scotland: Vital Extra Support for Workers and Learners

People whose work or learning has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic can access support through enhanced career and employment services.National skills agency Skills Development Scotland, working in partnership with local authorities, has developed services for individuals in a range of circumst...


Guest blog: What Should We Value about Retailing and Towns and What Should We Do About Them? - Prof Leigh Sparks, University of Stirling

“If they look beyond heroic individualism and accept that individuals exist in a network of social bonds and obligations, we might just see a real realignment” (James Kirkup, Why did Boris Johnson survive? Unherd, 15th April 2020)This blog is reproduced with thanks to Prof Leigh Sparks, Pro...


Blog: "COVID-19: How round will the future be?" - Charlie Woods, SUII

Charlie Woods is EDAS's Policy and Practicesub-group Chair and Director of theScottish Universities Insight InstituteA starting point for beginning to reimagine a post Covid economy is to look at the processes that underlie economic activity, such as the supply chains, which encompass consumption, p...


Blog: "COVID-19: Finding common cause in a crisis" - Charlie Woods, SUII

Charlie Woods is EDAS's Policy and Practicesub-group Chair and Director of theScottish Universities Insight InstituteIt is something of an understatement to say that the Covid-19 pandemic is shaking everything up and will have an ongoing legacy. This is nothing new, the history of pandemics sug...


Blog: "COVID-19: What's really important?" - Charlie Woods, SUII

Charlie Woods is EDAS's Policy and Practicesub-group Chair and Director of theScottish Universities Insight InstituteWhat, if any, will be the impact of Covid-19 on our behaviour in the medium to long term, and what implications will this have for the functioning of the economy? As Mark Carney put i...


Recruitment: Vacant & Derelict Land Project Manager at DTAS

Vacant & Derelict Land Project Manager £35k + pension (11.5% employer contribution) This exciting 2 year post is the result of a partnership between the Scottish Land Commission and the Development Trusts Association Scotland which seeks to address the challenging problem of vacant and derelict...


Update: Chair Liz McEntee's Statement and EDAS COVID-19 response

Dear colleague,I hope this email finds you well as you navigate the uncertainties and responses to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Last week, I commenced my first term as the new Chair of EDAS (the Economic Development Association Scotland). I take on this role at a time like no other. When I wa...


Blog: "COVID-19: There are more questions than answers" - Charlie Woods, SUII

"There are more questions than answers"Charlie Woods is EDAS's Policy and Practice sub-group Chair and Director of the Scottish Universities Insight InstituteSo sang Johnny Nash in the early seventies. It seems particularly apt as we think about the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. As we scrabble ab...


An online consultation to inform the UK Global Tariff

The UK Government has launched a public consultation on the UK Global Tariff policy. The Government encourages everyone with an interest to take part and provide their views by 5 March 2020.The consultation offers you the opportunity to provide:Views on a potential series of amendments to the C...


Scotland Excel Conference 2020 – Inclusive Growth

Inclusive growth has been a feature of the Scottish Government’s Economic Strategy for the past five years, with governments across the globe agreeing that it can help address some of society’s most pressing challenges.But what does it mean at a practical level?     &nbs...


Audit Scotland's Report on Scotland's City Region and Growth Deals

Audit Scotland have published their report on Scotland's City Regions and Growth Deals.City Region and Growth Deals have enabled economic development projects across Scotland that may not otherwise have gone ahead and sparked increased collaboration between councils and their partners. Eight deals w...


Notice of updated Privacy Policy: January 2020

We have recently conducted a routine review of our privacy policy and data storage practices, in line with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 2016. This has involved some incremental updates to how we manage and store personal information.For more information about these practices, you ca...


State of the Cities Conference | 5th November, Aberdeen

State of the Cities ConferenceTuesday 5 November 2019Registration – 9:30 | Conference 10:00 – 13:30Conference Suite 3, P&J LiveAberdeen Economic Policy Panel ReviewAberdeen City Council is hosting the State of the Cities Conference, for a second year, on Tuesday, 5 November 2019, 9:30-13:30....


The Employee Ownership Podcast

As the growth of employee ownership continues to accelerate, Co-operative Development Scotland has launched the first ever podcast series dedicated to the model.  Featuring the experiences of business owners who have already sold their companies to their staff, as well as expert insight from sp...


Regional approaches to inclusive economic growth

The experiences of Scotland’s local authorities in relation to regional economic working have been set out in a new report.The report, Regional Approaches to Maximising Inclusive Economic Growth: Local Authorities’ Perspective, highlights councils’ long history of engaging in cross-boundary wo...


Business-Led Inclusive Growth in Scotland - SMEs, Good Jobs and Places

Mark Hepworth, Director of Research and Policy, The Good Economy introduces a new study – Business-led Inclusive Growth in the South of Scotland – which provides evidence and direction for the Scottish Government and the new South of Scotland Enterprise Agency (SOSA). The study was carried out b...


Local Level Business and Employment needs research

Lichfields is undertaking research to explore the process of planning for business and employment needs at the local level across Scotland and how Local Authorities are currently managing the process in order to plan for business and employment needs in their area. We are keen to understand the view...


EKOS Job opportunity: Principle Consultant / Associate Director

EKOS is an independent and multidisciplinary economic and social research agency with ambitious plans for the future.   As we embark on a future growth plan we wish to strengthen our senior team with an experienced and well connected professional that can develop new business and make a si...


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