Dr Grant Allan

Senior Lecturer


Personal statement

Grant Allan is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Economics and Deputy Director of the Fraser of Allander Institute. Prior to 2013, he was a Research Assistant and Research Fellow in the Fraser of Allander Institute.

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

He is very willing to supervise suitably qualified PhD students in his fields of interest.

Grant currently teaches Macroeconomics (3rd year); Energy Economics (MSc); Socioeconomics of Energy (DTC in Wind and Marine Energy Systems); and Socio-economic and policy of offshore renewables (Industrial Doctorate Centre in Offshore Renewable Energy).

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


Has expertise in:

    Energy-economy-environmental modelling;

    Applied regional economic analysis;

    Renewable energy technologies and policies.

    I am very happy to supervise suitably qualified PhD students in these areas; please get in touch if you want to discuss a potential research project.


Resilience in a behavioural/Keynesian regional model
Allan Grant, Figus Gioele, McGregor Peter G, Swales J Kim
Environment and Planning A (2020)
Scotland's industrial water use : understanding recent changes and examining the future
Allan Grant J, McGrane Scott J, Roy Graeme, Baer Thomas M
Environmental Science and Policy Vol 106, pp. 48-57 (2020)
The economic and environmental impacts of UK offshore wind development : the importance of local content
Allan Grant, Comerford David, Connolly Kevin, McGregor Peter, Ross Andrew G
Energy Vol 199 (2020)
Developing an electricity satellite account (ELSA) : an application to Scotland, UK
Allan Grant J, Connolly Kevin, McIntyre Stuart G
Economic Systems Research (2020)
The system-wide impact of healthy eating : assessing emissions and economic impacts at the regional level
Allan Grant, Comerford David, McGregor Peter
Food Policy Vol 86 (2019)
A new method to estimate the economic activity supported by offshore wind : a hypothetical extraction study for the United Kingdom
Allan Grant, Connolly Kevin, McGregor Peter, Ross Andrew G
Wind Energy (2021)

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Grant is currently Director of MSc in Applied Economics and MSc in Economics and Finance, as well as the Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes for the Department of Economics.

He currently teaches: Macroeconomics (3rd year); Natural Resources and Environmental and Energy Economics (Honours); Energy Economics (MSc); and on courses in the Wind and MarineEnergy Systems Centre of Doctoral Training and the Industrial Doctoral Centre for Offshore Renewable Energy (IDCORE). 

Research interests

My main research interests relate to:

Energy-economy-environmental modelling

Applied regional economic analysis

Renewable energy technologies and policies

Professional activities

UKERC workshop on the impact of non-energy policies on the energy system
Better Metrics for More Effective Decision-making: The Need for a Regionally based Global Environmental Measurement and Monitoring Network
The use of economic and energy system modelling for energy policy analysis
UKERC workshop on the impact of non-energy policies on the energy system
Economic impacts of local energy
Annual Conference of the Regional Studies Association 2016

More professional activities


The sectoral economic impacts of COVID-19 on the tourism economy: a regional analysis focussed on Scotland
Allan, Grant (Principal Investigator) Figus, Gioele (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2022
XROTOR (H2020 LC SC3) X-Shaped Radical Offshore Wind Turbine For Overall Cost Of Energy Reduction'
Leithead, Bill (Principal Investigator) Allan, Grant (Co-investigator) Anaya-Lara, Olimpo (Co-investigator) Carroll, James (Co-investigator) Jamieson, Peter (Co-investigator) Stock, Adam (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2023
Building and using a framework to analyse the economic impacts of policies targeted at the tourism economy in Scotland
Figus, Gioele (Co-investigator) Allan, Grant (Principal Investigator) McFarlane, Jon (Post Grad Student)
This project analyses the system-wide economic impact of policies aimed at developing sustainable tourism in Scotland, one of the Scottish Government’s “growth sectors”. Past studies using economic models to assess the impact of tourism spending have often relied on disparate statistics and ‘off-the-shelf’ modelling techniques and therefore failed to fully capture the complexity of supply and demand of touristic activities.

This project reconciles definitions of tourism in the data and develops a tourism-specific large scale economic model to capture the role of tourism in Scotland’s economy. The project sheds light on the interaction between tourism and the rest of the economy, while the model’s features realistically capture current issues in tourism, specifically overtourism and tourism-specific supply constraints.

The outcomes will improve understanding of the economic characteristics of tourism in Scotland and of regional tourism in the literature. In addition, it will produce economic datasets reconciling demand-and supply-side perspectives on the sector and develop an academically novel tourism-specific treatment within an economic model of Scotland.

Developed in collaboration with - and with joint supervision from - VisitScotland, the project outputs will be of maximum relevance for the sector. This supervisory arrangement means that the project will incorporate the latest understanding of Scotland’s tourism economy, in addition to its clear academic contributions.

The academic supervisors have technical expertise in economic data, modelling and economic analysis of tourism. This ensures successful development of the student’s skills through this work, and the production of robust, transparent and academically important output.

Additionally, the team is based in the Department of Economics at the University of Strathclyde, home of the Fraser of Allander Institute, which is a leading impartial economic research institute and has a supportive culture for policy relevant applied research, high impact dissemination channels and an international reputation in economic modelling.
01-Jan-2019 - 01-Jan-2023
The impact of non-energy policies on the energy system
Roy, Graeme (Principal Investigator) Allan, Grant (Co-investigator) Lisenkova, Katerina (Co-investigator) McGregor, Peter (Co-investigator) Turner, Karen (Co-investigator) Ross, Andrew (Researcher)
01-Jan-2017 - 31-Jan-2018
ClimateXChange 2017/19 PDRF Economics
Allan, Grant (Principal Investigator) McGregor, Peter (Co-investigator) Turner, Karen (Co-investigator) Figus, Gioele (Researcher)
10-Jan-2017 - 09-Jan-2019
ClimateXChange (2016/17)
Allan, Grant (Principal Investigator) McGregor, Peter (Co-investigator) Turner, Karen (Co-investigator) Figus, Gioele (Researcher)
01-Jan-2016 - 31-Jan-2017

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