Mr Adam McGeoch

Knowledge Exchange Associate


Personal statement

Adam is a Knowledge Exchange Associate in the Fraser of Allander Institute. They graduated from the University of Strathclyde in 2018 with a First-class BA (Hons) in Economics and from the University of Edinburgh in 2020 with an MSc. in Economics. Adam's interests are in economic policy and consultancy.

Adam joined the FAI in 2018 after graduating from Strathclyde University and worked on an economic review for a local authority. Since then Adam has been involved in various KE projects, particularly those involving IO modelling.

Adam's knowledge exchange work

Adam has carried out a number of KE projects since joining the FAI. These projects have covered: the impact of COVID-19 on economies, regional economic analysis, input-output impact assessments and hypothetical extraction modelling. 

Adam works closely with FAI partners and regularly carries out qualitative research for KE projects. These knowledge exchange activities not only strengthen important FAI partnerships and relationships but also provide a deeper understanding - beyond the statistics - of businesses and the industries that they operate in. 

Additionally, Adam has experience mentoring economists in local government. 

Adam regularly delivers CPD courses and contributes to the FAI quarterly economic commentary, FAI podcast and FAI articles. Adam also manages social media for the FAI.

Economic Futures and Teaching

The FAI hosts Economic Futures which supports growth in applied economics in Scotland. Adam is the Project Co-ordinator for Economic Futures - this role involves selecting and managing EF work placements each year.

Adam has also been involved in careers events within Strathclyde's Economics Department, Strathclyde's Economics Society and Economic Futures. Additionally, Adam provides a range of information sessions to honours year students at Strathclyde, from guidance on how to write a dissertation to offering advice on postgraduate opportunities.

Adam lectures on the Economics of Inequality and Inclusive Growth, Regional Development Policy and Professional Development for Economists (PDE) courses (Strathclyde's Applied Economics MSc).

Adam supervises dissertations on the following topics: IO modelling; earnings and income inequality; and, inclusive growth.

Additional skills

Adam is trained in adobe software - InDesign, Illustrator and Premiere Pro - which they use to design professional documents for clients and to edit the FAI podcast.

StrathPride, Diversity Action Group & European Committee for LGBTQ+ Economists

Outside of the FAI, Adam is the Co-Chair of StrathPride: Strathclyde’s LGBTQI+ Staff & PGR Network, and is a member of the Diversity Action Group, representing the Economics Department. Adam is also a member of the steering group for the European Committee for LGBTQ+ Economists. 


The contribution of Robertson to Scotland's economy
McGeoch Adam, Cooper Ben, Spowage Mairi, Brocek Frantisek
Election podcast #6 with special guest Divergent Influencers [Podcast] EP49
McGeoch Adam, Spowage Mairi, Congreve Emma
Scottish budget guide
Maguire Ludovic, McGeoch Adam
Fraser of Allander Economic Commentary Vol 45 (2021)
A review of today’s FAI Quarterly Economic Commentary with Deloitte, March 2021 [Podcast] EP42
Congreve Emma, Spowage Mairi, McGeoch Adam, Hood Gavin
Fraser of Allander Institute : Economic Commentary [March 2021]
, Roy Graeme, Black James, Brocek Frantisek, Cooper Benjamin, Eiser David, Kane Kevin, Knoche Anton, McGeoch Adam, McIntyre Stuart, Spowage Mairi
Fraser of Allander Economic Commentary Fraser of Allander Economic Commentary (2021)
Estimating the relationship between exports and the labour market in the UK
Black James, Spowage Mairi, Cooper Ben, McGeoch Adam, Watts Robert

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Professional activities

Fraser of Allander Election 2021 Podcast Series
Support and opportunities for adults with learning disabilities in Scotland
Why Economics - Economic Futures Event

More professional activities


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
Economic Modelling of the Scottish Construction Industry
Black, James (Principal Investigator) McGeoch, Adam (Principal Investigator) Spowage, Mairi (Principal Investigator)
The construction sector is an important contributor to the Scottish economy – directly supporting £8.5bn in Scottish GVA and supporting over 170,000 full-time equivalent jobs in the economy.

This project aims to highlight the economic impact of the construction sector, highlighting the multiplier effects that investment into this sector could stimulate and the potential economic impact that a VAT cut in repair and maintenance could have to support the Scottish economy in its economic recovery from COVID-19.
01-Jan-2020 - 26-Jan-2021
The Economic Impact of Job Losses in the Civil Aviation and Aerospace Engineering Sectors in Scotland
McGeoch, Adam (Principal Investigator) Spowage, Mairi (Principal Investigator) Black, James (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 01-Jan-2020
Estimating the relationship between exports and the labour market in the UK
Black, James (Principal Investigator) Spowage, Mairi (Principal Investigator) Cooper, Benjamin (Principal Investigator) McGeoch, Adam (Principal Investigator) Watts, Robert (Principal Investigator)
Economic theory tells us that trade can help boost employment outcomes in the long run. However, the benefits of trade are not necessarily experienced equally, or at all. Evidence suggests that some sectors do better than others and that the impact on labour can differ by gender and skill group. Given the different sectoral and skill mixture of age groups and regions, it is also highly likely that the impacts also differ across these dimensions. Organisations such as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the European Commission have produced estimates for some of the impacts of trade on the labour market. While these estimates can capture cross-border supply chain interactions, they are often very aggregate and do not explore the distributional impacts across different labour market characteristics and regions. Some countries, such as the United States and Canada have sought to improve their understanding of the distributional impact of trade by estimating these various impacts. However, a gap in existing statistics exists for the United Kingdom, particularly when looking at distributional impacts.

This project, commissioned by the Department for International Trade (DIT), produces for the first time a comprehensive set of indicators to estimate the aggregate and various distributional impacts of UK exports on the labour market.

This allows for an in-depth understanding of the relationship between exports and the labour market in the UK. The indicators are highly detailed and include a large number of sectors, a yearly time series covering the years 2014-16, a large number of trading partners, breakdowns by gender, occupation group, age group, qualifications, and UK NUTS1 region.
01-Jan-2020 - 10-Jan-2021
Orkney Islands Economic Review
Cooper, Benjamin (Principal Investigator) McGeoch, Adam (Principal Investigator) Roy, Graeme (Principal Investigator) Spowage, Mairi (Principal Investigator) Black, James (Principal Investigator)
Orkney is a unique economy within Scotland and has a number of significant economic strengths. It performs well on key measures of aggregate economic performance, with low levels of unemployment and relatively high levels of household income (compared to the Scottish average). It has key strengths in a number of important sectors, from tourism to the marine sector through to food and drink. Across the 70 islands that make up Orkney there is world-class renewable energy potential. Looking at what is best for Orkney’s economy, both at a local level and how national policy will impact upon local outcomes, is therefore crucial. The aim of this report, by the Fraser of Allander Institute, is to inform discussions on the future priorities of Orkney both locally and nationally.
01-Jan-2020 - 18-Jan-2020

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