Ms Mairi Spowage

Prof Of Practice & Director Of F A I


Personal statement

Mairi Spowage is a Professor of Practice and 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 has been appointed to be the Budget Adviser to the Finance and Public Adminsitration Committee for 2021-2023. Mairi has also been appointed as an Office for National Statistics (ONS) fellow and member of the Economic Experts Working Group (EEWG).

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 15 years of experience working in different areas of statistics and analysis, including transport, household surveys and performance measurement.


Scottish Business Monitor : 2022 Q2
McGeoch Adam, Spowage Mairi, Milne Kate, Cooper Ben
Fraser of Allander Institute : Economic Commentary [June 2022]
Spowage Mairi, Cooper Ben, Milne Kate, Fox Calum
Fraser of Allander Economic Commentary Fraser of Allander Economic Commentary, Vol 46, No. 2 (2022)
A discussion of yesterday's spending review [Podcast] EP60
Spowage Mairi, Eiser David
Improving the Quality of Regional Economic Indicators in the UK : A Framework for the Production of Supply and Use and Input Output Tables for the Four Nations
Davidson Sharada Nia, Black James, Connolly Kevin, Spowage Mairi
Building a Suite of Subnational Socioeconomic Indicators for the United Kingdom : Opportunities, Challenges and Recommendations
Davidson Sharada Nia, Connolly Kevin, Crummey Ciara, Brazzelli Niccolò, Spowage Mairi
Building a suite of subnational socioeconomic indicators for the United Kingdom : opportunities, challenges and recommendations
Davidson Sharada Nia, Connolly Kevin, Crummey Ciara, Brazzelli Niccolo, Spowage Mairi
ESCoE Conference on Economic Measurement 2022 (2022)

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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

Briefing the Finance and Public Administration Committee on climate change
Providing feedback on Climate Emergency Response Group recommendations to Scottish Government
Building a Suite of Subnational Socioeconomic Indicators for the UK: Opportunities, Challenges and Recommendations
Launch of the Centre for Inclusive Trade Policy
UK-US Trade Dialogue
Briefing the Net Zero, Energy and Transport Committee on climate change

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Economics Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Package for Food and Drink Division
Spowage, Mairi (Principal Investigator)
12-Jan-2022 - 01-Jan-2022
Scoping the potential use of macroeconomic models to energy policies questions in Northern Ireland
Connolly, Kevin (Principal Investigator) Spowage, Mairi (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2022
Trends in Socio-Economic Determinants of Health Inequalities in Scotland
Eiser, David (Principal Investigator) Congreve, Emma (Co-investigator) Smith, Kat (Co-investigator) Spowage, Mairi (Co-investigator) Stewart, Ellen (Co-investigator)
10-Jan-2022 - 30-Jan-2022
Contribution of the Pharmaceutical Sector to Northern Ireland’s Economy
Spowage, Mairi (Principal Investigator) Black, James (Co-investigator) Cooper, Benjamin (Co-investigator)
Consultancy project using quotation and UoS terms.
01-Jan-2021 - 11-Jan-2022
CPD Glasgow City Council (7 Oct 2021)
Spowage, Mairi (Principal Investigator)
07-Jan-2021 - 07-Jan-2021
Improving the Quality of Regional Economic Indicators: A Scoping Study for the Development of a Suite of Subnational Indicators
Davidson, Sharada Nia (Principal Investigator) Connolly, Kevin (Co-investigator) Spowage, Mairi (Co-investigator) Crummey, Ciara (Researcher)
20-Jan-2021 - 19-Jan-2022

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