About Us

Economic Futures, a project funded by the Scottish Funding Council, aims to engage with undergraduate economics students, graduates and early career academics, across Scotland to provide an eco-system for applied economic analysis.

The project offers a series of programmes including work placement opportunities in academia, public policy, charities and the private sector and events to showcase opportunities and learning in applied economics.

Economic Futures is hosted by the University of Strathclyde and supports activities across all HE institutions in Scotland which have economics teaching provision.

Our Funders

"Our ambition is that Scotland will be the best place in the world to learn, educate, research and innovate..." Scottish Funding Council

The Scottish Funding Council (SFC) is responsible for funding teaching and learning provision, research and other activities in Scotland’s colleges and higher education institutions.

Scottish Funding Council LogoOur project, Economic Futures, aims to create greater innovation in the economy and provide effective knowledge exchange and innovation between universities, public sector, charities and the private sector. Economic Futures will provide a culture of collaboration between (early career academics) and policymakers ready to work on applied economic challenges through research and knowledge exchange.

Our Host Institution

Economic Futures is hosted by the Fraser of Allander Institute (FAI).

The FAI is part of the Economics Department at the University of Strathclyde and therefore an integral part of the academic economics community in Scotland.

The Fraser of Allander Institute was established nearly 45 years ago, and since then, it has been a leading independent research institute focussed upon the Scottish economy.

Its work on promoting opportunities for early career individuals to access employment and to gain work experience as applied economists has been key to the design of Economic Futures.

Steering Group

The Steering group oversee the successful running and strategic development of Economics Futures in line with its objectives.

Mairi Spowage Project Director, University of Strathclyde
Ben Cooper Project Lead, University of Strathclyde
Kathleen Tyrrell Project Co-ordinator, University of Strathclyde
Andrew Hebden Bank of England
Raakhi Odedra Bank of England
Catia Montagna University of Aberdeen
David Bell University of Stirling
Graeme Roy University of Glasgow
Julia Darby University of Strathclyde
Claire Murdoch Scottish Fiscal Commission
Pat Watt Skills Development Scotland
Angela Campbell Scottish Government
Alastair McAlpine Scottish Government
Charles Nolan Scottish Economics Society
Alex Trew University of Glasgow