Ms Emma Congreve

Knowledge Exchange Fellow


Personal statement

Emma Congreve is a Knowledge Exchange Fellow at the Fraser of Allander Institute, leading the Institute’s work on poverty, inequality and inclusive growth. 

Emma is an experienced economist and has previously held roles as a senior economist at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and as an economic adviser within the Scottish Government. 

Her particular area of expertise is economic policy relating to low income households. She also has a background in a range of policy areas, including local government finance and environment and agricultural economic policy. 



New Podcast : Challenge Poverty Week Special [Podcast] EP54
Congreve Emma, Birt Chris, Kelly Peter
Learning Disabilities and the Value of Unpaid Care
Congreve Emma, Watts Robert
A Preliminary Investigation into Modelling the Impact of Measures to Reduce Child Poverty in Scotland
Congreve Emma, Connolly Kevin, Harrison Jordan, Kumar Ashwin, McGregor Peter, Mitchell Mark
Election podcast #6 with special guest Divergent Influencers [Podcast] EP49
McGeoch Adam, Spowage Mairi, Congreve Emma
Election podcast #5 with special guest Alf Young [Podcast] EP48
Spowage Mairi, Congreve Emma, Eiser David, Young Alf
Election podcast #3 with special guest Jenni Davidson [Podcast] EP46
Watts Robert, Spowage Mairi, Congreve Emma, Davidson Jenni

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Research interests

Issues affecting low income households including social security & low pay

Inclusive growth and 'wellbeing' policy

Modelling of household incomes

Labour market

Professional activities

Fraser of Allander Election 2021 Podcast Series
Fraser of Allander Institute 2021 Scottish Election Webinar
Support and opportunities for adults with learning disabilities in Scotland
Economic Futures: Autumn Webinar Series
Fraser of Allander COVID-19 Webinar
Fraser of Allander Podcast series

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SLF Child Poverty
Congreve, Emma (Principal Investigator) Mitchell, Mark (Co-investigator)
02-Jan-2021 - 01-Jan-2022
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
Data for Children's Collaborative - Socioeconomic Impacts of COVID-19 on Children in Scotland
Congreve, Emma (Principal Investigator) Brown, Alistair (Researcher) Sims, Rhiannon (Researcher)
Collaborative project to understand potential socioeconomic impacts of COVID-19 on children in Scotland, data that exists and users of that data.
03-Jan-2020 - 02-Jan-2020
Support and Opportunities for Adults with Learning Disabilities
Congreve, Emma (Principal Investigator) Watts, Robert (Principal Investigator)
A year long programme of work looking at aspects of wellbeing and quality of life for working age people with learning disabilities in Scotland
01-Jan-2020 - 30-Jan-2021
Inclusive Growth in Northern Ireland
Congreve, Emma (Principal Investigator) Cooper, Benjamin (Principal Investigator) Spowage, Mairi (Principal Investigator) Black, James (Principal Investigator)
This report was commissioned by the Department for the Economy to examine the potential for embracing and monitoring inclusive growth in Northern Ireland. This report looks widely at existing literature on inclusive growth and the evidence to support its adoption as a core economic strategy as a means to improve living standards and reduce inequalities in society.
15-Jan-2019 - 01-Jan-2020
Joseph Rowntree Foundation: Poverty in Scotland 2019
Congreve, Emma (Principal Investigator)
Poverty in Scotland 2019 looks at the impact that governments have had on
poverty in Scotland over the past 20 years and how this evidence can be used to
inform policy development for the future. This report underlines the importance
of housing costs, alongside social security and work, in solving poverty in
05-Jan-2019 - 07-Jan-2019

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