Ken Gibb

Ken is a housing economist based at the University of Glasgow. He is the Director of Policy Scotland in the University and was formerly a member of the Department of Social and Economic Research, originally established by Alec Cairncross. KenÊs main research interests concern housing, public policy, taxation and the urban economy. A former managing editor of Urban Studies , he is also a director of What Works Scotland.




Michael Comerford

Michael is a Data Scientist based in Glasgow. He has provided data analysis and visualisation support for a number of projects, encompassing work on social networks, big data and human interaction with urban environments. His work has featured on various platforms including The Guardian , the Glasgow Herald , the Scotsman , and BBC News. As well as a background in the social sciences, he was awarded a PhD in Computing Science from the University of Glasgow in 2015.


Duncan Maclennan

Duncan Maclennan CBE FRSE works at the Universities of Glasgow and St Andrews. He has directed major research centres on programmes on Housing, Neighbourhoods and Cities for the ESRC and JRF and has an international reputation in applied economics research in these areas. He is an Honorary Member of the RTPI, RICS and CIH and has held senior government posts in Scotland (special adviser to the First Minister), Victoria-Australia (Chief economist and deputy Secretary for Policy and Strategy) and Canada (Chief economist in the Federal Department for Infrastructure).                    

Des McNulty

Des is Dean, Public Policy and Knowledge Exchange at the University of Glasgow and Deputy Director of Policy Scotland. His research interests are in city policies, devolution, public service reform and equality and human rights issues. Between 1999 and 2011, he was an elected member of the Scottish Parliament, serving as Minister for Social Justice, shadow spokesman on Education and as chair of the Parliament's Finance committee.


Grant Allan

is an applied economist based at the University of Strathclyde. His primary research interests concern regional economic modelling and analysis and energy-economy-environmental modelling of energy technologies and policies. He is a lecturer in the Department of Economics, and since 2014 has also been the Deputy Director of the Fraser of Allander Institute.

Jo Armstrong

An independent business economist with an extensive private sector career in financial services and the oil and gas sector. Jo is Chair and Economist in Ofgem’s Electricity Network Innovation Competition (ENIC) Expert Panel. She has also been appointed by Scottish Ministers as a Member of the Water Industry Commission for Scotland (WICS), Scotland’s economic Regulator of the water sector. Previously, Jo held was a Senior Civil Servant in Scotland, was the Budget Advisor to the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government Committee as well as the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee and has researched and commentated on Scotland’s public finances and public policy issues. Jo is an Honorary Professor of Public Policy at the Adam Smith Business School at Glasgow University; a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts; and a non-executive Director of the Wheatley Group . She holds two degrees in economics from the University of Strathclyde.

Jane Atterton

 is manager and policy researcher in the Rural Policy Centre at SRUC (ScotlandÊs Rural College). She has over 15 years research experience in both academic and policy environments. Her research interests focus broadly on rural and regional development issues, with a particular focus on rural businesses, rural communities and the rural policy-making process.

Nick Bailey

is Professor of Urban Studies, University of Glasgow. He has a longstanding interest in the analysis of poverty and inequality. He was involved in the ESRC-funded Poverty and Social Exclusion UK 2012 Survey, the largest survey on this subject ever conducted in the UK. He has advised national and local governments on the measurement and analysis of poverty and area deprivation.

Dan Barlow

is a Senior Researcher in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) where he specialises in climate change and resource use issues. Dan joined SPICe in 2013. Previous to that he held a range of policy, research and management roles for WWF UK, WWF Scotland, Friends of the Earth Scotland and the Scottish Wildlife Trust. Dan is an Honorary Fellow of Scottish Environment LINK and has a PhD from the University of Edinburgh in land use change.

David Bell

has worked at the Universities of St Andrews, Strathclyde, Warwick and Glasgow. He has been Professor of Economics at the University of Stirling since 1990. He was adviser to the Finance Committee of the Scottish Parliament from 2007 to 2013 and has provided advice to the ILO, OECD and the Scottish, Westminster and Irish Governments. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the IZA, Bonn and an Honorary Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries. He is a member of the Centre on Constitutional Change Contributors and the Centre for Population Change and a special adviser to the David Hume Institute. He is also Principal Investigator of the Healthy Ageing In Scotland (HAGIS) survey, a longitudinal survey of older people in Scotland.

Stephen Boyle

is Chief Economist of RBS and a director of the Bank's main pension fund. He is a trustee of the David Hume Institute and a member of the Policy Committee of the Centre for Economic Performance at LSE.

Jim Campbell

is a Reader in economics and member of the Women in Scotland's Economy Research Centre (WiSE) at Glasgow Caledonian University. His current research is focused on the following three areas: the impact of EU Structural Funds on economic development in Scotland; occupational segregation in the context of apprenticeship training and workforce development; and the economic and social impact of the provision of childcare on local communities in areas of economic deprivation and the wider labour market implications of the expansion of childcare

Linda Christie

is a doctoral researcher at the university of Glasgow and Public Policy Associate of Policy Scotland. Her research interests are in regional and urban economic policy, public sector finances, public sector governance and reform. Having spent the first part of her career as an economist in central and local government, she brings varied research, policy and senior management experience. Prior to commencing her doctoral research in October 2013, Linda was responsible for Glasgow City Council's approach to legacy for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Marissa Collins

is a Researcher in Health Economics in the Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health based at Glasgow Caledonian University. She joined the Yunus Centre in 2011, having previously worked as a Health Economist in the NHS. Marissa's research interests include economic evaluation of health and social interventions, end of life, and developing frameworks for priority setting.

Neil Craig

is a Principal Public Health Advisor in NHS Health Scotland with 25 years' experience in health economics and public health. He worked in NHS boards in England and Scotland providing economic advice and analysis, before moving to the Department of Public Health in the University of Glasgow where he carried out health economics teaching and research. Three years with Audit Scotland followed before he moved to his current post.

Iain Docherty

BSc PhD FCILT is Professor of Public Policy and Governance at the Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow. Iain's research and teaching addresses the interconnecting issues of public administration, institutional change and city and regional competitiveness, with particular emphasis on the structures and processes of local and regional governance, policies for delivering improved economic performance and environmental sustainability, and the development and implementation of strategic planning and transport policies. Iain has worked with and advised a range of private sector, governmental and other organisations including governments and public agencies in the UK, US, Australia, Canada and Sweden, and the OECD. He was appointed NonExecutive Director of ScotRail in April 2015, and served as Non-Executive Director of Transport Scotland from 2006 to 2010, and on the Expert Panel advising the North East of England (Adonis) Economic Review in 2012-13. In 2015 he was appointed by the ESRC and Innovate UK as one of five Thought Leaders working to integrate scientific innovation and social science research across the UK.

Cam Donaldson

holds the Yunus Chair in Social Business & Health at Glasgow Caledonian University. He became a Professor of Health Economics whilst working at the Health Economics Research Unit at Aberdeen University (1991-98), before taking up the Svare Chair (at Calgary University, 1998-2002) and the Health Foundation Chair (at Newcastle University, 2002-10). He has also been a visiting professor at McMaster University in Ontario (1997) and University of the Mediterranean, Marseille (2007). CamÊs research has attracted over £25m in funding; over £10m as a principal investigator. His work has also been recognised by awards of Senior Investigatorships from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the National Institute for Health Research.

Sir John Elvidge

was Permanent Secretary to the Scottish Government from 2003 to 2010. He currently advises several governments and is an expert adviser to the OECD. He chairs the advisory board for Policy Scotland within Glasgow University and the trustees of the David Hume Institute and is an Adjunct Professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, an Associate of the Institute of Government and a trustee of the Carnegie UK Trust. He also chairs Edinburgh Airport Limited.

Kristinn Hermannsson

is a lecturer in educational economics and a member of the Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change in the School of Education at the University of Glasgow. His research interests are in the economic and distributional impacts of education, the role of education in local economies and economic development, and the treatment of education in economic models. Kristinn is the secretary of the British and Irish Section of the Regional Science Association International.

Peter G. McGregor

is Director of the Fraser of Allander Institute, University of Strathclyde. He was previously Director of the International Public Policy Institute and Head of Department of Economics at Strathclyde. His current research interests include the impact of fiscal autonomy and modelling energy-economy-environment interdependence within Scotland and the UK. He has held visiting academic posts in Germany, Japan, Sweden and the USA.

John McLaren

is a political economist whose work is concentrated on the Scottish economy and finances but also covers a wide range of macro and micro economic issues. He has worked as an economist at both H.M. Treasury and at the Scottish Office and previously worked at the Centre for Public Policy for Regions at the University of Glasgow, where he remains an Honorary Professor of Public Policy at the Business School. More recently he was an Executive Director of Fiscal Affairs Scotland. He is also a regular commentator on the Scottish economy in the media.

Anton Muscatelli

is Principal of the University of Glasgow and a leading economist. He chairs the Scottish Government's Standing Council on Europe, set up to provide expert advice on Scotland's relationship with the EU. He is also chair of the Commission on Economic Growth for the Glasgow City Region, providing strategic advice on the Glasgow city deal. He has been a special adviser to the House of Commons Treasury Select Committee and a consultant to the European Commission and the World Bank.

Farouk Saeed

is a Health Economist and a former Public Health Adviser at NHS Health Scotland. Prior to that Farouk worked as a Technical Analyst at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). His main interests are in the Health Technology Assessment of orphan and ultra-orphan medicines as well as medical diagnostic technologies.

Anthony O’Sullivan

is an honorary professor at the University of Glasgow and a managing editor of Urban Studies. A lecturer in housing economics at the University of Glasgow in the 1980s, he was head of research for Scotland's national housing agency for most of the 1990s before establishing his own consultancy business. Tony's long-term academic interests remain the efficiency and distributional consequences of housing taxation and subsidisation, and how research impacts the public policy process.

Mark Shucksmith

is Director of the Newcastle University Institute for Social Renewal, and formerly co-Director of the Arkleton Centre and of the Scottish Centre for Research on Social Justice. Mark is a rural sociologist, whose interests span poverty and social exclusion in rural areas, rural development, rural policy, and affordable rural housing. He is a Trustee of the Carnegie UK Trust and of ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) and he was a Commissioner at the Commission for Rural Communities from 2005 to 2013. In 2007-08 he chaired the Committee of Inquiry into Crofting for the Scottish Government. He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2009.

J. Kim Swales

is Emeritus Professor of Economics at the Fraser of Allander Institute, University of Strathclyde. He has published widely in the field of regional economics, regional modelling and regional policy and until recently was associate editor of Regional Studies and is on the management committee of the ESRC Urban and Regional Study Group.

Emily Thomson

is a Senior Lecturer in the department of Law, Economics, Accountancy and Risk and a research associate of Women in Scotland's Economy (WiSE) Research Centre at Glasgow Caledonian University. Her teaching and research interests include feminist economics, the business case for gender equality and gender and Modern Apprenticeships. Emily is a member of the International Association for Feminist Economics, a fellow of the International Working Group on Gender, Macroeconomics and International Economics and a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Jim Tomlinson

was Bonar Professor of Modern History at the University of Dundee until 2013, when he became Professor of Economic and Social History at the University of Glasgow. He has published widely on the historical political economy of modern Britain. His latest book, Dundee and the Empire: Juteopolis, 1850-1939 , was published by Edinburgh University Press in 2014. He is currently writing a book for OUP entitled Managing the Economy, Managing the People: narratives of economic life in post-war Britain .

Edward Trevillion

was formerly Head of Real Estate Research and Strategy at Scottish Widows Investment Partnership (now part of Aberdeen Asset Management). He is now an Honorary Professor of Real Estate Investment and Finance at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. Current research interests are centred around the use of non-linear models to forecast behaviour in commercial property markets. He currently chairs a Scottish Government working party on the private residential rented sector and is a member of the Investment Property Forum's research steering group.

David Waite

is a Research Associate at the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Glasgow. He was previously a research associate at the  School of Geography and Planning at Cardiff University. His research interests centre on the economic development of second-tier cities, with the integration of multi-location firm networks and  the governance of city-regionalism reflecting key focus areas. Prior to undertaking doctoral research at the University of St Andrews, David worked in urban policy roles in New Zealand.

Robert E. Wright

is Professor of Economics at the University of Strathclyde. His main research interests are population economics and economic demography. He studied economics, demography and statistics at the University of Western Ontario, the University of Michigan, the University of Stockholm and the National Institute of Demographic Research in Paris. He is a Past-President of the European Society for Population Economics and the Past-President of the Scottish Economic Society.