Ms Mairi Spowage

Acting Director


Personal statement

Mairi Spowage is a Principal Knowledge Exchange Fellow and the Deputy Director of the Fraser of Allander Institute. Her areas of expertise include economic policy, economic statistics, national accounting, public sector finances, and economic and fiscal forecasting. Mairi leads on the Institute's work with various partners, including those in business, the public and third sector. She is regularly asked to give evidence on economic and fiscal matters at Parliamentary Committees, such as the Finance and Constitution Committee and the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee. Mairi is leading on various projects to improve regional economic statistics, looking at inter-regional trade, business engagement and encouraging graduates into careers in analysis through the Economic Futures programme. She is also developing the Fraser’s capacity building CPD programme in the use of national and local economic data and statistics. Previously, Mairi was the Deputy Chief Executive of the Scottish Fiscal Commission and the Head of National Accounts at the Scottish Government, and has over a decade of experience working in different areas of statistics and analysis, including transport, household surveys and performance measurement.


Let's Level with Everyone : How Do We Identify Regional Inequalities in the UK?
Black James, Cooper Benjamin, Knoche Anton, Spowage Mairi
Economic Impact of Scotland's Renewable Energy Sector
Black James, Spowage Mairi
Shetland Economic Accounts 2017
Black James, Connolly Kevin, Spowage Mairi
Scottish Business Monitor : 2021 Q1
Black James, Brocek Frantisek, Cooper Benjamin, Spowage Mairi
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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Research interests

Economic Policy

Economic Measurement & Statistics

National Accounts - Input-Output Analysis

Economic and Fiscal Forecasting

Public Sector Finances

Professional activities

Fraser of Allander Election 2021 Podcast Series
Fraser of Allander Institute 2021 Scottish Election Webinar
Engage Week 2021: Multi-sectoral regional modelling workshop
Fraser of Allander December 2020 Economic Commentary & Scotland's Budget Report Webinar
Support and opportunities for adults with learning disabilities in Scotland
Cardiff Business Webinar

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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
Shetland Economic Accounts 2017
Connolly, Kevin (Principal Investigator) Black, James (Researcher) Spowage, Mairi (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 30-Jan-2021
A Framework for the Production of Supply and Use and Input Output Tables for the Four Nations
Davidson, Sharada Nia (Principal Investigator) Black, James (Principal Investigator) Connolly, Kevin (Principal Investigator) Spowage, Mairi (Principal Investigator)
In this report, we develop a strategic framework for the production of Supply and Use Tables across the four UK nations.
01-Jan-2020 - 30-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
Appearance at Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee
Spowage, Mairi (Principal Investigator)
Appearance as a witness at the EJFW Committee's Inquiry into the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the Scottish Economy and Businesses
18-Jan-2020 - 18-Jan-2020

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