Our Team

You can find a full list of the University of Strathclyde’s Department of Economics staff on our staff page.

Grant Allan

Reader

Grant Allan is a Reader in the Department of Economics. 

Grant has research interests in applied regional economic analysis and modelling, particularly in the areas of energy and tourism.

He is Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes for the Department of Economics and Director of MSc in Applied Economics, MSc in Applied Economics by distance learning and MSc in Economics and Finance.

James Black

Knowledge Exchange Fellow

James is a Fellow at the Fraser of Allander Institute. He specialises in applied analysis of trade and climate change.

His work includes the production of economic statistics to improve our understanding of the economy, economic modelling and analysis to enhance the use of these statistics for policymaking, data visualisation to communicate results impactfully, and economic policy to understand how data can be used to drive decisions in Government.

Stephen Boyle

Stephen Boyle

Visiting Researcher

Stephen Boyle has worked as an economist for more than three decades and is the former chief economist of RBS.

Stephen is currently a Strategic Adviser to the Scottish Government’s Enterprise and Skills Strategic Board and an advisor to the David Hume Institute.

Stephen is a visiting researcher at the Fraser of Allander Institute.

Annmarie Campbell

Department Manager

Annmarie works closely with the Head of Department ensuring operational excellence across the delivery of Strathclyde’s portfolio of teaching, research and knowledge exchange activities.

Allison Catalano

Knowledge Exchange Assistant

Allison is a Knowledge Exchange Assistant at the Fraser of Allander Institute.

She joined the Institute in 2022 while working on her MSc in Applied Economics at the University of Strathclyde, and has an undergraduate degree in Mathematics from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Her research areas include inequality, health, and criminal justice. She is additionally interested in business and climate change economics.

Emma Congreve

Deputy Director
Senior Knowledge Exchange Fellow

Emma Congreve leads the Institute’s work on poverty, inequality and inclusive growth.

Emma was previously a senior economist at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and an economic adviser within the Scottish Government. Emma is an expert in economic policy relating to low income households. She also has a background in local government finance and environmental and agricultural economic policy.

Kevin Connolly

Chancellor’s Fellow

Kevin is a Chancellor’s Fellow in the Department of Economic with a focus on the use of regional economic models for policy analysis.

Areas of interest include; energy and climate change, poverty and tourism.

Ben Cooper

Knowledge Exchange Associate

Ben is a Knowledge Exchange Associate at the Fraser of Allander Institute working across a number of projects areas.

He has a Masters in Economics from the University of Edinburgh, and a degree in Economics from the University of Strathclyde.

His main areas of focus are on health, social care and the economics related to the criminal justice system. He also has experience in business survey design and dissemination; a host of commissioned research projects for private, public and third sector organisations; and, economic modelling.

Ciara Crummey

Knowledge Exchange Assistant

Ciara is part of the Knowledge Exchange Team at the Fraser of Allander Institute.

She has recently completed an MSc in Applied Economics at the University of Strathclyde and has a first-class Honour’s degree in Economics and Finance with international study from the University of Strathclyde.

Ciara’s research interests primarily lie in inequalities, education and health.

Sharada Davidson

Lecturer

Sharada supports the Institute’s projects which develop new economic indicators and statistics or require time series data analysis.

She has expertise in analysing interdependencies between countries/regions and developing different modelling techniques (including Bayesian methods) and frameworks to inform policymaking.  She has undertaken work for the Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence.  Previously, Sharada worked as a Consultant and PhD Trainee for the European Central Bank, modelling the impact of macroprudential policies. 

Picture of David Eiser, research fellow at the Fraser of Allander Institute

David Eiser

Deputy Director
Senior Knowledge Exchange Fellow

David has led the Institute’s work on Fiscal Policy since 2016 and has been an Adviser to the Scottish Parliament’s Finance and Constitution Committee since August 2016.

His research interests are in the economics of devolved finances, labour markets and inequality. Previously he worked at the University of Stirling and was a Fellow of the Centre on Constitutional Change at the University of Edinburgh.

Gioele Figus

Lecturer

Gioele is a lecturer in economics at the University of Strathclyde.

Gioele is specialised in the development and application of Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) models for policy analysis. He is generally interested in regional macroeconomics and on the impact of regional policies on the wider economy. 

Gioele is currently focussed on the impact of energy, tourism, fiscal and trade policies.

Calum Fox

Knowledge Exchange Assistant

Calum is a Knowledge Exchange Assistant at the Fraser of Allander Institute (FAI) and a researcher at the Centre for Inclusive Trade Policy (CITP).

He regularly contributes to key FAI publications like the quarterly Economic Commentary and the Scottish Business Monitor, as well as lectures on Strathclyde’s Applied Economics Master’s programme.

At the CITP, Calum specialises in regional trade measurement and modelling using national accounts, with a particularly focus on the distributional impacts of trade.

Calum holds an MSc in Economics from the University of Edinburgh.

Aditya Maurya

Research Assistant

Aditya is a research assistant at the Fraser of Allander Institute where he works on Covid19’s impact on Tourism in Scotland.

Aditya joined the Institute in 2021, after completing his MSc in Applied Economics at Strathclyde University.

Adam McGeoch

Knowledge Exchange Associate

Adam is an economist at the FAI who leads the institute’s business analysis and engagement work. Adam’s research typically involves an assessment of business strategies and policies on economic, societal, and environmental impacts.

Beyond commissioned research, Adam leads the FAI’s quarterly Scottish Business Monitor and is the Project Coordinator of Economic Futures. Adam also lectures on Strathclyde’s Applied Economics masters.

Adam is the co-chair of StrathPride: Strathclyde University’s Staff & PGR LGBTQI+ Network.

Chirsty McFadyen

Research Assistant

Chirsty is a research assistant at the Fraser of Allander Institute where she primarily works on projects related to poverty and inequality.

Chirsty is also a PhD student at the University of Strathclyde affiliated with the Fraser of Allander Institute and part-funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Her PhD research focuses on the experiences of low-paid workers and the links between low-paid work and poverty.

Peter McGregor

Professor

Peter became Emeritus Professor of Economics in June 2015, and was appointed as (part-time) Director of the Fraser of Allander Institute from September 2015. In the 30 months to end May 2015 he had been the Director of the International Public Policy Institute, and prior to that had served several terms as Head of Department of Economics, Director and Research Director of the Fraser of Allander Institute (FAI).  

Peter’s current research interests include the impact of fiscal autonomy on the Scottish and UK economies, and modelling energy-economy-environment interdependence.

Stuart McIntyre

Head of Research

Stuart McIntyre is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Economics, and Head of Research at the Fraser of Allander Institute. He is a Faculty Research Affiliate at the Regional Research Institute at West Virginia University.

Stuart has research interests in applied economics, regional and spatial economics.

Kate Milne

Knowledge Exchange Assistant

Kate is a Knowledge Exchange Assistant at the FAI working across a number of project areas.
 
Kate is currently studying for her MSc in Economics at the University of Edinburgh and has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Strathclyde. She is also the Outreach Coordinator at the Women in Economics Initiative which aims to encourage equal opportunity and improve representation in the field.
 
Her research interests include development, health and gender economics.

Hannah Randolph

Economic and Policy Analyst

Hannah is an Associate at the Fraser of Allander Institute.

She specialises in applied social policy analysis with a focus on income, poverty, and inequality. Hannah’s previous work includes analysis of household time use, the future of global care work, land rights, and migration in developing countries.

Find out more about Hannah.

Mairi Spowage

Director

Mairi leads on the Institute’s work with various partners, including those in business, the public and third sector. She is regularly asked to give evidence on economic and fiscal matters at Parliamentary Committees.

Previously, Mairi was the Deputy Chief Executive of the Scottish Fiscal Commission and the Head of National Accounts at the Scottish Government, and has over a decade of experience working in different areas of statistics and analysis.

Kathleen Tyrrell

Knowledge Exchange & Research Support

Kathleen provides support for KE, research and external engagement activities.

Kathleen also provides support for Economics Futures and the Strathclyde Applied Economics Centre for Doctoral Training.

Rob Watts

Knowledge Exchange Associate

Rob joined the Institute in 2019, working in the knowledge exchange team whilst completing his MSc in Applied Economics at Strathclyde University.

He has worked on a variety of projects involving trade analysis, modelling and business performance assessment.

In 2020, Rob joined the Institute full time to drive forward our project studying the economic outcomes for adults with learning disabilities in Scotland.

Jack Williamson

Knowledge Exchange Assistant

Jack is part of the Knowledge Exchange Team at the Fraser of Allander Institute.

Jack received a First-Class Honours undergraduate degree from the University of Strathclyde winning the dissertation prize and the Sir Charles Carter prize for performance in undergraduate economics. He has recently completed his MSc in Applied Economics and will graduate this year with distinction.

His recent work with the institute has focussed on economic accounts, economic modelling, and tourism.

Advisory Board

The Fraser of Allander Institute is supported by an independent advisory board that that helps to oversee the work priorities of the research centre. The board is comprised of a number of highly respected figures, many of whom have made major contributors to debates on Scottish economic and fiscal issues over the years.

  • Professor Andrew Goudie – Special Adviser to the Principal & Vice Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde and former Chief Economic Adviser at The Scottish Government (Chair)
  • Professor David Bell – Professor of Economics, University of Stirling
  • Dr Gary Gillespie – Chief Economic Adviser, The Scottish Government
  • Professor John Kay – Professor of Economics, LSE and Fellow, St John’s College, Oxford
  • Dame Susan Rice – Chair of the Scottish Fiscal Commission, President of SCDI and former CEO of Lloyds TSB Scotland and Director of the Bank of England
  • Professor Frances Ruane – Former Director of the Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin and Member, Council of Economic Advisers, Scotland
  • Dr Jim Walker – Asianomics, Founder and Chief Economists, Hong Kong
  • Professor Martin Weale – Professor of Economics, King’s Business School and former member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee