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 also PI for a 3-year ESRC initiative to boost UK productivity through improved management practice and employee engagement - the PrOPEL Hub.

I am a member of various public and private sector committees and advisory boards and I'm the joint lead for the Economic Futures Initiative for Applied Economics in Scotland. I am a member of the Senior Management Team of the Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence (ESCoE).

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

Over the last 45 years, the 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 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 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 across Scotland, the UK and internationally.  

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, our regular article series, 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. 

For our latest writings see


The impact of Covid-19 on Scottish small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) : prognosis and policy prescription
Brown Ross, Roy Graeme
Fraser of Allander Economic Commentary Vol 44 (2020)
Planning for Scotland's future
Gardner Caroline, Roy Graeme
Fraser of Allander Economic Commentary Vol 44 (2020)
Fraser of Allander Institute : Economic Commentary [June 2020] - Coronavirus Special Edition
, Roy Graeme
Fraser of Allander Economic Commentary Fraser of Allander Economic Commentary (2020)
Modelling the Economic Impact of a Citizen's Basic Income in Scotland
Connolly Kevin, Eiser David, McGregor Peter, Roy Graeme
Scotland's industrial water use : understanding recent changes and examining the future
Allan Grant J, McGrane Scott J, Roy Graeme, Baer Thomas M
Environmental Science and Policy Vol 106, pp. 48-57 (2020)
Fraser of Allander Institute : Economic Commentary [March 2020] - Coronavirus Special Edition
, Roy Graeme
Fraser of Allander Economic Commentary Fraser of Allander Economic Commentary (2020)

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Professional activities

Economics Observatory (Event)
Editorial board member
COVID-19 Webinar
Fraser of Allander/Resolution COVID-19 Webinar
Fraser of Allander COVID-19 Webinar
SFE Public Affairs & Communications Forum
Addleshaw Goddard Webinar: COVID-19

More professional activities


Advance Evaluation Methods - Course for Economic Development Association Scotland
Roy, Graeme (Principal Investigator) McIntyre, Stuart (Principal Investigator)
CPD course - advanced evaluation methods for policymaking
To examine changing patterns of working hours to better understand what drives changes, how do they affect poverty/inequality, and how policy could respond
Eiser, David (Principal Investigator) Roy, Graeme (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2020
CPD course for Shetland Council - Appraisal and evaluation
Roy, Graeme (Principal Investigator)
05-Jan-2019 - 06-Jan-2019
The PROPEL Hub - Productivity Outcomes of workplace Practice, Engagement and Learning
Roy, Graeme (Principal Investigator) Findlay, Patricia (Co-investigator) Lindsay, Colin (Co-investigator) Shaw, Eleanor (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 30-Jan-2022
Modelling the Economic Impact of a Citizen’s Basic Income in Scotland
Connolly, Kevin (Researcher) Eiser, David (Researcher) McGregor, Peter (Academic) Roy, Graeme (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 01-Jan-2020
Class Size and Human Capital Accumulation
Gehrsitz, Markus (Principal Investigator) McIntyre, Stuart (Co-investigator) Roy, Graeme (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 28-Jan-2021

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