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 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.

Being part of both the 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, 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. 


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 [December 2019]
, Roy Graeme
Fraser of Allander Economic Commentary Fraser of Allander Economic Commentary (2019)
Scotland's population transition : its implications for the Scottish economy, Scottish Budget and policy
Roy Graeme
Fraser of Allander Economic Commentary Vol 43 (2019)
2019 Sir Alexander Stone Lecture : Brexit : the unanswered questions for UK and Scottish policymakers
Roy Graeme
Fraser of Allander Economic Commentary Vol 43 (2019)
Fraser of Allander Institute : Economic Commentary [October 2019]
, Roy Graeme
Fraser of Allander Economic Commentary Fraser of Allander Economic Commentary (2019)
The Direct Long-term Trade Impacts of EU Exit Scenarios on Northern Ireland
, Figus Gioele, Roy Graeme

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Professional activities

Post-UK Budget Briefing
Scottish Local Authority Economic Development Annual Conference
Post Budget Seminar, The Herald Group
Scotland's Tax powers
Budget and Economy Outlook
An independent Scotland's place in the global economy

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Advance Evaluation Methods - Course for Economic Development Association Scotland
Roy, Graeme (Principal Investigator) McIntyre, Stuart (Principal Investigator)
CPD course - advanced evaluation methods for policymaking
CPD course for Shetland Council - Appraisal and evaluation
Roy, Graeme (Principal Investigator)
05-Jan-2019 - 06-Jan-2019
Class Size and Human Capital Accumulation
Gehrsitz, Markus (Principal Investigator) McIntyre, Stuart (Co-investigator) Roy, Graeme (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 28-Jan-2021
Economic Futures Initiative
Roy, Graeme (Principal Investigator) Spowage, Mairi (Principal Investigator)
3 year Scottish Funding Council award - £225,000 - to promote applied economics capacity in Scotland
01-Jan-2019 - 31-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
Understanding the Scottish Economy
Roy, Graeme (Principal Investigator) Spowage, Mairi (Co-investigator)
CPD course for Scottish Government

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