Mr Robert Watts

Knowledge Exchange Associate



Modelling Packages to Meet Scotland's Child Poverty Targets : Scenarios, Benefits and Trade-offs
Congreve Emma, Kumar Ashwin, Harrison Jordan, Watts Rob, McGregor Peter, Connolly Kevin, McHardy Fiona, Cowan Neil
Social enterprises and learning disabilities [Podcast] EP59
Watts Robert
Invisible No More : Recommendations to Build Evidence-based Effective Action for People with Learning Disabilities in Scotland
Congreve Emma, Watts Robert
Learning Disabilities and the Value of Unpaid Care
Congreve Emma, Watts Robert
Learning disabilities, the third sector and relationships [Podcast] EP53
Watts Robert, Gilfedder Mairi-Therese, Hiddleston Andrew, Becaj Mojca
Breaking Barriers to employment for people with learning disabilities [Podcast] EP51
Watts Robert

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Professional activities

Briefing the Net Zero, Energy and Transport Committee on climate change
Briefing the Finance and Public Administration Committee on climate change
Scottish Government workshop on child poverty modelling
Contributor to BBC Disclosure - On a Cliff Edge
Fraser of Allander Election 2021 Podcast Series
Presentation to cross party group on learning disabilities

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Modelling packages to meet Scotland’s child poverty targets: Scenarios, benefits and trade-offs
Congreve, Emma (Principal Investigator) Connolly, Kevin (Researcher) McGregor, Peter (Researcher) Watts, Robert (Researcher) Mitchell, Mark (Researcher)
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2021
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
Support and Opportunities for Adults with Learning Disabilities
Congreve, Emma (Principal Investigator) Watts, Robert (Principal Investigator)
A year long programme of work looking at aspects of wellbeing and quality of life for working age people with learning disabilities in Scotland
01-Jan-2020 - 30-Jan-2021
Estimating the relationship between exports and the labour market in the UK
Black, James (Principal Investigator) Spowage, Mairi (Principal Investigator) Cooper, Benjamin (Principal Investigator) McGeoch, Adam (Principal Investigator) Watts, Robert (Principal Investigator)
Economic theory tells us that trade can help boost employment outcomes in the long run. However, the benefits of trade are not necessarily experienced equally, or at all. Evidence suggests that some sectors do better than others and that the impact on labour can differ by gender and skill group. Given the different sectoral and skill mixture of age groups and regions, it is also highly likely that the impacts also differ across these dimensions. Organisations such as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the European Commission have produced estimates for some of the impacts of trade on the labour market. While these estimates can capture cross-border supply chain interactions, they are often very aggregate and do not explore the distributional impacts across different labour market characteristics and regions. Some countries, such as the United States and Canada have sought to improve their understanding of the distributional impact of trade by estimating these various impacts. However, a gap in existing statistics exists for the United Kingdom, particularly when looking at distributional impacts.

This project, commissioned by the Department for International Trade (DIT), produces for the first time a comprehensive set of indicators to estimate the aggregate and various distributional impacts of UK exports on the labour market.

This allows for an in-depth understanding of the relationship between exports and the labour market in the UK. The indicators are highly detailed and include a large number of sectors, a yearly time series covering the years 2014-16, a large number of trading partners, breakdowns by gender, occupation group, age group, qualifications, and UK NUTS1 region.
01-Jan-2020 - 10-Jan-2021

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