Mr Adam McGeoch

Knowledge Exchange Fellow


Personal statement

Adam is a Knowledge Exchange Fellow at the Fraser of Allander Institute (FAI). Adam has worked at the FAI since 2018 and specialises in business and industry analysis and engagement.

Adam graduated from the University of Strathclyde in 2018 with a First-class BA (Hons) in Economics and from the University of Edinburgh's Scottish Graduate Programme in Economics (SGPE) in 2020 with an MSc. in Economics. 

Knowledge exchange work

Adam’s research typically involves an assessment of business strategies and policies on economic, societal and environmental impacts. Adam attends quarterly meetings with the Scottish Chambers of Commerce and works closely with FAI partners in the public, private and third sectors.

Adam regularly carries out qualitative research, which strengthens meaningful FAI partnerships and relationships and provides a deeper understanding - beyond the statistics - of businesses and the industries they operate in. 

Adam is typically involved in a project from the initial kick-off meeting to the dissemination of the report. Adam has experience attending roundtable events to discuss FAI publications and speaking with the media about key findings.

In addition to their involvement in commissioned research, Adam also leads the FAI's Quarterly Scottish Business Monitor, sponsored by Addleshaw Goddard.

Adam regularly delivers CPD courses and contributes to FAI podcasts and FAI articles. Adam also manages social media for the FAI.

Economic Futures

The FAI hosts Economic Futures (EF) which supports the growth of applied economics in Scotland. Since 2021, Adam has been the Project Coordinator for Economic Futures.

EF offers applied economics training, hosts careers fairs and school events, runs annual essay competitions and offers 6-8 week work placement programmes every summer to students studying economics (or a related degree) in Scotland.

EF has several partner institutions - e.g. Scottish Fiscal Commission, Bank of England, FAI - that support the programme’s mission of improving the capacity of applied economics in Scotland. 

Adam's role involves attracting new partner institutions to the EF programme, managing the EF's sponsored dissertation programme for Edinburgh University's MSc. students, running the EF's annual essay competition, planning and running EF events, and selecting and supervising EF summer placements.

In 2022, 150 students across Scotland applied for 19 Economic Futures work placements across 10 partner institutions - our biggest year to date.


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: economic and societal impact assessments; and inequalities and inclusive growth.

Adam has been involved in postgraduate conferences such as the SGPE annual Crieff Conference and has been a discussant for Strathclyde’s economics PhD conference.

Additional skills

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


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 and is a Discover Economics Academic Champion.

Additionally, Adam is a mentor to economists in local government.



Scottish Business Monitor : 2022 Q3
McGeoch Adam, Spowage Mairi, Fox Calum, Milne Kate
The latest data on the Scottish and UK economy [Podcast] EP62
McGeoch Adam, Spowage Mairi
Scottish Business Monitor : 2022 Q2
McGeoch Adam, Spowage Mairi, Milne Kate, Cooper Ben
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
Economic Commentary [March 2022]
Spowage Mairi, McGeoch Adam, McIntyre Stuart, Cooper Ben, Fox Calum, Milne Kate
Fraser of Allander Economic Commentary Vol 46, pp. 1-42 (2022)

More publications

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
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
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

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