Dr Gioele Figus



Personal statement

I am lecturer in economicsat the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. I am specialised in the development and application of Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) models for policy analysis. I am generally interested in regional macroeconomics and on the impact of regional policies on the wider economy.  I am currently focussed on the impact of energy, tourism, fiscal and trade policies. However, I am open to consider other applications.  I am also interested in developing CGE and regional macroeconomic models  to incorporate insignts from behavioural economics.  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)
Resilience in a Behavioural/Keynesian Regional Model - Annex : Additional Variables and Sensitivity Analysis
Allan Grant, Figus Gioele, McGregor Peter, Swales Kim
Can spending to upgrade electricity networks to support electric vehicles (EVs) roll-outs unlock value in the wider economy?
Alabi Oluwafisayo, Turner Karen, Figus Gioele, Katris Antonios, Calvillo Christian
Energy Policy Vol 138 (2020)
Do sticky energy prices impact the time paths of rebound effects associated with energy efficiency actions?
Figus Gioele, McGregor Peter G, Swales J Kim, Turner Karen
Energy Economics Vol 86 (2020)
The Direct Long-term Trade Impacts of EU Exit Scenarios on Northern Ireland
, Figus Gioele, Roy Graeme
Decarbonising domestic heating : the need for policy to help consumers respond to the benefits of technological progress change in electricity supply?
Turner Karen, Figus Gioele, Swales Kim, Ryan Lisa, Lecca Patrizio, McGregor Peter
Policy Briefing Policy Briefing, Vol 2019 (2019)

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Professional activities

Is greater regional fiscal autonomy always desirable?
TIMES/CGE Workshop - The Use of Economic and Energy System Modelling for energy Policy Analysis
The soft-linking process of UKTM and CGE models – Lessons learned and next steps
Meeting with Andrew Mortimer and Jose Viada, Scottish Government
The use of economic and energy system modelling for energy policy analysis
Member of programme committee
Centre for Energy Policy Energy Conversations:Retrofitting for energy efficiency - will it be worth it in the end?

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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
Modelling the Distribution of Costs from Network Upgrades for Electric Vehicles (EVs)
Turner, Karen (Principal Investigator) Alabi, Oluwafisayo Titilope (Co-investigator) Calvillo Munoz, Christian (Co-investigator) Figus, Gioele (Co-investigator) Katris, Antonios (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 01-Jan-2019
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
Scottish ESRC Doctoral Training Centre DTG 2011 | Figus, Gioele
Turner, Karen (Principal Investigator) McGregor, Peter (Co-investigator) Figus, Gioele (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2014 - 19-Jan-2017

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