Professor Graeme Roy

Head Of Department


Personal statement

I am Head of Economics and Director of the Fraser of Allander Institute.

I re-joined Strathclyde in 2016 after 8 ½ years in the Scottish Government – where I was formerly a Senior Economic Adviser and head of the First Minister’s Policy Unit.

I lead on the external engagement work of the department and the knowledge exchange activities of the Fraser of Allander Institute (FAI).

I am a member of the Scottish Business Taskforce, an ex-adviser to the Scottish Parliament’s Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee, Chair of the Economic Impact and Price Evaluation Advisory Group for Min Unit Pricing (Health Scotland) and a member of the Expert Payment Panel for Legal Aid in Scotland.

I also lead on the Economic Futures Initiative for Applied Economics in Scotland.

Being part of both the Economics Department and the FAI is a tremendous privilege.

Over the last 40 years, research at Strathclyde has made an outstanding contribution to our understanding of the economy and the impact of policy.

That continues today. Our strategy is founded upon a vision of academically excellent research that encompasses the University’s motto of ‘The Place for Useful Learning’. At the heart of this, is a commitment to take our research and apply it to the real-world.

This approach also shapes the way we engage with our students through our commitment not just to give them an excellent understanding of key economic issues, but to gain experience in how to actually apply that knowledge. This includes our work-placement and internship programmes for Strathclyde students at the FAI.  

It is also captured in the way we work with key partners, such as government, Deloitte, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and many other organisations across both Scotland and the UK.  

At the FAI, we also greatly value the unique role that we have in Scottish society. Our work – whether that is in our quarterly Economic Commentary, Scotland’s Budget report, blogs, or our commissioned research – aims to inform and encourage public debate through high quality independent analysis.

If you would like to discuss how we can work with your organisation or how can you study/learn with us, please do not hesitate to get in touch. 


Understanding the skills opportunity for today & tomorrow in Glasgow. Report for Glasgow Chambers of Commerce.
Roy Graeme, McIntyre Stuart, Findlay Patricia, Butler Joanna
Fraser of Allander Institute : Economic Commentary [June 2019]
, Roy Graeme
Fraser of Allander Economic Commentary Fraser of Allander Economic Commentary (2019)
The fiscal framework : 2021 review
Eiser David, Roy Graeme
Fraser of Allander Economic Commentary Vol 43 (2019)
The economic impacts of Scottish fiscal policies and their spillover effects on the energy system
Ross Andrew G, Allan Grant, Figus Gioele, McGregor Peter G, Roy Graeme, Swales J Kim, Turner Karen
Fraser of Allander Economic Commentary Vol 43 (2019)
The Scottish economy : fiscal challenges and opportunities
Roy Graeme, Eiser David
The Scottish Parliament At Twenty (2019) (2019)
Political uncertainty and stock market volatility : new evidence from the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum
Darby Julia, Roy Graeme
Scottish Journal of Political Economy Vol 66, pp. 314-330 (2019)

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Professional activities

Implications of Brexit for public bodies
Scotland in 2050
Scotland's Economic & Fiscal Outlook
Trust in Public Audit
Brexit north of the border
Business Insider Top 500 Business Breakfast

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Class Size and Human Capital Accumulation
Gehrsitz, Markus (Principal Investigator) McIntyre, Stuart (Co-investigator) Roy, Graeme (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 28-Jan-2021
Econometric Evaluation of HIE and SE Grants
McIntyre, Stuart (Principal Investigator) Gehrsitz, Markus (Co-investigator) Roy, Graeme (Co-investigator)
02-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2019
The roles of provinces and devolved administrations in the negotiation and implementation of a Canada-UK trade agreement
Wooton, Ian (Principal Investigator) Eiser, David (Co-investigator) Roy, Graeme (Co-investigator)
15-Jan-2018 - 14-Jan-2019
Research to estimate the cost of a child in Scotland
Roy, Graeme (Principal Investigator) Farrugia, Ben (Co-investigator) McInally, Lauren (Co-investigator) McIntyre, Stuart (Co-investigator)
18-Jan-2018 - 03-Jan-2018
The Impact of Alcohol on the UK Economy
Lisenkova, Katerina (Principal Investigator) McGregor, Peter (Co-investigator) Roy, Graeme (Co-investigator)
15-Jan-2017 - 31-Jan-2018
The impact of non-energy policies on the energy system
Roy, Graeme (Principal Investigator) Allan, Grant (Co-investigator) Lisenkova, Katerina (Co-investigator) McGregor, Peter (Co-investigator) Turner, Karen (Co-investigator) Ross, Andrew (Researcher)
01-Jan-2017 - 31-Jan-2018

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