Economics Regional economics

Regional economics is concerned with the analysis of economic activity at the sub-national level. Strathclyde has an international reputation in regional economic analysis and modelling. Much of the empirical analysis occurs within the Fraser of Allander Institute (FAI), Scotland’s leading independent regional economics institute.

Regional economics research team

Research in regional economics has been a key activity of the Department of Economics for almost four decades. The research is theory-informed and policy relevant, and is associated with high-level, high impact knowledge exchange.

The Fraser Economic Commentary is the leading source of independent commentary on the Scottish economy and will celebrate its 40th anniversary next year, and publishes several business surveys. Staff in the Fraser of Allander Institute engage extensively with a range of public and private sector organisations - including the Scottish Government, which has adopted one of its models to explore the impact of further constitutional change - and provides research on key sectors or activities.

The department has a wide range of expertise in regional economics, reflected in the following staff:

The research group also currently includes two PhD students.

The Fraser of Allander Institute has an international reputation in multi-sectoral economic models often illustrating new development with applications to the Scottish economy. The group has a significant portfolio of externally funded research.

Our areas of research

Researchers have interest in the following fields:

  • economics of constitutional change
  • modelling the Scottish economy
  • spatial econometrics & regional nowcasting
  • regional policy evaluation
  • local, regional & national impacts of energy policy & environmental accounting
  • migration & demographic change
  • the determinants of happiness in a Scottish context