Mr James Black

Knowledge Exchange Fellow


Personal statement

James is a Knowledge Exchange Fellow at the Fraser of Allander Institute and has worked at the Fraser of Allander Institute since 2016. His research interests are primarily in economic policy, macroeconomics, data communication and economic modelling.

Education and Key Skills

He has a Masters in Applied Economics, a degree in Mathematics, Statistics & Economics and is experienced in working with a range of public and private sector clients.

James is experienced in:

  • Input-output modelling and hypothetical extractions
  • Macroeconomic modelling
  • Evaluating and modelling economic policies
  • Analysis of the labour market, poverty and inclusive growth
  • Analysis of businesses, markets and international trade
  • Analysis of the health of the economy and government finances
  • Running and evaluating business surveys

Making Projects Matter

James places a particular focus on creating impactful work that clearly communicates its findings. He is highly experienced in clearly communicating economic data and concepts through graphics and charts and has taught these skills in the Scottish Graduate Programme in Economics and the University of Strathclyde's MSc in Applied Economics. The communication of project findings is further improved by his experience in design software, including Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop.

Dissemination to various types of stakeholders is key to the success of many projects. James manages several of the Fraser's public-facing services, such as its article website, podcast and webinar series. He is also skilled in designing and coding websites and enhancing impact through search engine optimisation.


Estimating the relationship between exports and the labour market in the UK
Black James, Spowage Mairi, Cooper Ben, McGeoch Adam, Watts Robert
Economic Impact of Scotland's Renewable Energy Sector
Black James, Spowage Mairi
Fraser of Allander Economic Commentary Vol 45 (2021)
The Economic Impact of Scotland's Renewable Energy Sector – 2022 Update
, Black James
Improving the Quality of Regional Economic Indicators in the UK : A Framework for the Production of Supply and Use and Input Output Tables for the Four Nations
Davidson Sharada Nia, Black James, Connolly Kevin, Spowage Mairi
The Economic Contribution of the Pharmaceuticals Sector in Northern Ireland
Cooper Benjamin, McGeoch Adam, Milne Kate, Black James
Scottish Business Monitor : 2022 Q1
Black James, Cooper Ben, McGeoch Adam, Spowage Mairi

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Professional activities

Convenience shops ‘will struggle to cope’ with living wage increase
Energy Price Guarantee is now less generous but will play a role in fighting inflation
Plea for 'more robust data' as research shows Scotland’s renewables industry supports 27,000 jobs
Scotland's renewable sector generated £5.6 billion in 2020, report shows
James Black: No need to panic just yet, but worrying signs are looming large for business
Scottish Council for Development & Industry (SCDI) Influencers' Lunch

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Trade in Northern Ireland: Characteristics of businesses and workers
Spowage, Mairi (Principal Investigator) Figus, Gioele (Co-investigator) Black, James (Researcher)
01-Jan-2023 - 30-Jan-2023
Centre for Inclusive Trade Policy
Spowage, Mairi (Principal Investigator) Figus, Gioele (Co-investigator) McGregor, Peter (Co-investigator) Roy, Graeme (Co-investigator) Wooton, Ian (Co-investigator) Black, James (Researcher) Maurya, Aditya (Researcher)
06-Jan-2022 - 05-Jan-2027
Contribution of the Pharmaceutical Sector to Northern Ireland’s Economy
Spowage, Mairi (Principal Investigator) Black, James (Co-investigator) Cooper, Benjamin (Co-investigator)
Consultancy project using quotation and UoS terms.
01-Jan-2021 - 11-Jan-2022
The economic impact of a reduction in Scotch whisky tariffs in India on the UK economy
Black, James (Principal Investigator) Brocek, Frantisek (Principal Investigator) Cooper, Benjamin (Principal Investigator) McGeoch, Adam (Principal Investigator) Spowage, Mairi (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2021
Fraser of Allander Election 2021 Briefing
Congreve, Emma (Principal Investigator) Mitchell, Mark (Co-investigator) McIntyre, Stuart (Co-investigator) Eiser, David (Co-investigator) Spowage, Mairi (Co-investigator) Watts, Robert (Co-investigator) McGeoch, Adam (Researcher) Cooper, Benjamin (Researcher) Black, James (Researcher) Brocek, Frantisek (Researcher)
24-Jan-2021 - 04-Jan-2021
Shetland Economic Accounts 2017
Connolly, Kevin (Principal Investigator) Black, James (Researcher) Spowage, Mairi (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 30-Jan-2021

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