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.

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Professional Activities

UK Trade Policy Forum
Scottish Trade Policy Forum
Regional Modelling Workshop
Centre for Inclusive Trade Policy Academic Conference
Scottish Parliament Finance and Public Administration Inquiry into effective Scottish Government decision-making
UK Trade Policy Forum - Centre for Inclusive Trade Policy

More professional activities


UKEF Economic Impact IO Model Review
Williamson, Jack (Principal Investigator) Black, James (Co-investigator) Spowage, Mairi (Co-investigator)
05-Jan-2023 - 04-Jan-2024
Economic impact of Scotland’s renewable energy sector – 2023 update
Spowage, Mairi (Principal Investigator) Black, James (Co-investigator)
04-Jan-2023 - 01-Jan-2023
Scotland's Net Zero and Climate Adaptation Economy - A SWOT Analysis
Spowage, Mairi (Principal Investigator) Black, James (Co-investigator) McGeoch, Adam (Co-investigator)
25-Jan-2023 - 31-Jan-2023
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

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Mr James Black
Knowledge Exchange Fellow

Tel: 553 6079