Ms Mairi Spowage

Principal Knowledge Exchange Fellow


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.


Estimating the relationship between exports and the labour market in the UK
Black James, Spowage Mairi, Cooper Ben, McGeoch Adam, Watts Robert
The Economic, Social and Environmental Benefits of Stimulating Repairs and Improvements to the Scottish Built Environments to Aid a Green Recovery from Covid-19
Spowage Mairi, McGeoch Adam, Black James, Brocek Frantisek, Knoche Anton
The Economic Impact of City of Glasgow College, 2012-2020
Black James, Spowage Mairi
The Impact of Covid-19 on the Renfrewshire Economy
McGeoch Adam, Brocek Frantisek, Spowage Mairi, Cooper Ben
Understanding Economic Shocks Using the FAI HEM Model for Northern Ireland
Black James, Connolly Kevin, Spowage Mairi
The impact of Covid-19 on the Arran economy
Brocek Frantisek, McGeoch Adam, Spowage Mairi,

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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 December 2020 Economic Commentary & Scotland's Budget Report Webinar
Support and opportunities for adults with learning disabilities in Scotland
Economic Futures: Autumn Webinar Series
Fraser of Allander/Resolution COVID-19 Webinar
Fraser of Allander COVID-19 Webinar
Post-UK Budget Briefing

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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
The Economic Impact of Projected Affordable Housing Developments
Connolly, Kevin (Researcher) Spowage, Mairi (Fellow) McGregor, Peter (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 01-Jan-2020
Improving the Quality of Regional Economic Indicators – Interregional Trade
Davidson, Sharada Nia (Researcher) Spowage, Mairi (Principal Investigator)
Development of IO and CGE model for Glasgow City Region
Connolly, Kevin (Researcher) Spowage, Mairi (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 01-Jan-2020
Improving Regional Economic Indicators – Regional Consumer Prices
Connolly, Kevin (Researcher) Spowage, Mairi (Principal Investigator)
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

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