Professor Graeme Roy

  • Dean of External Engagement (Social Sciences College Senior Management)
  • Professor in Economics (Economics)


Graeme is Dean of External Engagement in the College of Social Sciences. He supports academics across the College in communications, research, impact, and stakeholder engagement. Graeme is also Director of Connections with Practice in the Adam Smith Business School. 

Prior to joining Glasgow in March 2021, he was Director of the Fraser of Allander Institute at the University of Strathclyde.

Graeme is also a former Senior Civil Servant in the Scottish Government, where he was Head of the First Minister’s Policy Unit and a Senior Economic Adviser.

Graeme is a regular commentator and public speaker on the Scottish economy, including writing a monthly column for the Herald newspaper.

Graeme was the independent special adviser to the Scottish Parliament’s Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee between 2017 and 2018. He is a former member of the UK Government’s Scottish Business Taskforce and is a current member of the Scottish Government’s National Economic Transformation Council and the Northern Ireland Executive’s Economic Advisory Group. He is a member of the Senior Management team at the Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence and Chairs an independent evaluation group to monitor the Economic Impact of Minimum Unit Pricing.

Graeme is also a Lead Editor for the Economics Observatory.

Graeme is co-host – with Kezia Dugdale – of the University of Glasgow’s Spotlight podcast.

Outside of his university work, Graeme is a board member of Stirling Community Enterprise a social enterprise based in the Raploch area of Stirling that supports young people into community-based training and employment.

Research interests

Graeme is a member of the School's Applied Economics Research Cluster.

Areas of expertise:

  • Public policy
  • Applied economics
  • Scottish economy
  • Economic policy



  • Principal investigator – The PROPEL Hub – “Productivity Outcomes of workplace Practice, Engagement and Learning”, ESRC, Value of award: £1.57 million, Jan 2020 – Dec 2022, from PI to CI when moved to Glasgow) 
  • Principal investigator – “The changing patterns of working hours and the implications for poverty and inequality”, Standard Life Foundation, Value of award: £68,000, Jan 2020- Jan 21.
  • Principal investigator – “Modelling the Economic Impact of a Citizen’s Basic Income in Scotland”, Scottish Improvement Service, Value of award: £112,500, Apr 2019 – Jan 2020
  • Principal investigator – “Boosting Applied Economics Capacity in Scotland”, Scottish Funding Council, Value of award: £225,000,Jan 2019 – Dec 2021  
  • Principal investigator – “Evaluating the impact of Scottish Enterprise Grants”, Scottish Enterprise, Value of award: £40,000, Jan 2018 – Mar 2019 
  • Principal investigator – “The impact of non-energy policies on the energy system”, UK Energy Research Centre, Value of award: £214,076, Jun 2017 – Dec 2018  
  • Principal investigator – “Developing macroeconomic modelling for Scottish think-tanks”, Scottish Policy Foundation, Value of award £85,000, Jul 2017 – Jun 2019 
  • Principal investigator - “Scotland’s new Fiscal Powers”, Scottish Funding Council, Value of award £40,000, Sep 2016 – Aug 2018


  • Co-investigator – “Improving the quality of regional economic indicators”, Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence (ESCoE), Value of award: £240,000, Apr 2019 – May 2021
  • Co-investigator – “Evaluation of the Small Business Bonus Scheme in Scotland”, Scottish Government, Value of award: £81,000, Jun 2019 – Jan 2021
  • Co-investigator – “Improving the quality of regional economic indicators”, Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence (ESCoE), Value of award: £287,000, Jul 2017 – Apr 2019
  • Co-investigator - "Class Size and Human Capital Accumulation", Nuffield Foundation, Value of award: £130,000 (with Markus Gehrsitz & Stuart McIntyre), Apr 2019 – Mar 2021
  • Co-investigator – “The roles of provinces and devolved administrations in the negotiation and implementation of a Canada-UK trade agreement”, Knowledge Synthesis Grant, ESRC, Value of award: £8,048, Feb 2018 – Dec 2018 

Additional information

For writings between 2016 and 2021 (including various editions of the Fraser of Allander Economic Commentary) see

Director of the Economic Futures initiative: 3-year funding programme to support the development of applied economics in Scotland.  

Parliamentary engagement 

  • Adviser to Scottish Parliament Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee (2017 – 2018)
  • Witness to Scottish Parliament Committees: Economy Committee, Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Relations, Finance and Constitution Committee 
  • Witness to House of Commons Scottish Affair Committee 
  • Witness to House of Lords EU Select Committee & Constitution Committee

Public lectures  

  • 2021, Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI), “Scotland’s economic future”, Edinburgh, August 2021 
  • 2020 Chartered Institute of Taxation Annual Public Lecture, “Scotland’s tax powers: Opportunities and risks”, Edinburgh, Mar 2020 
  • 2020 State of the State with Deloitte, “Inequality in Scotland”, Jan 2020, Scottish Parliament 
  • 2019 Sir Alexander Stone Lecture: “Brexit: the unanswered questions for UK and Scottish policymakers”, Glasgow, Nov 2019 
  • 2019 David Hume Institute, “Scotland's population transition: its implications for the Scottish economy, Scottish Budget and policy”, Edinburgh, Nov 2019 
  • 2019 Aberdeen State of the Cities, “Economic uncertainty”, Nov 2019 
  • 2019 Welsh Taxes the Way Forward, “Devolved taxes: lessons from Scotland”, Cardiff, Jul 2019 
  • 2019 SCDI Annual Conference, “Scotland’s Productivity Challenge”, Edinburgh, Apr 2019 
  • Glasgow State of the City 2018, “Brexit and the Glasgow Economy”, Glasgow, Dec 2018 
  • 2018 Scottish Tourism Alliance Conference, “Scotland’s tourism sector post-Brexit”, Glasgow, Apr 2018 
  • 2018 CIPFA Annual Conference, “Outlook for Scotland’s Budget”, Glasgow, Mar 2018 
  • Business Insider Top 500 2018, “Brexit and the Scottish economy”, Edinburgh Jan 2018 
  • 2017 Glasgow Trades House Annual Lecture, “Opportunities and risks for Scotland in a post-Brexit world”, Glasgow, May 2017 
  • David Hume Institute, “Scotland's new budget framework”, Edinburgh, May 2017 


  • Lead editor, ESRC Economic Observatory(since March 2020) 
  • Chair ESRC Policy Fellowship Shortlisting Panel 2021 
  • Member of Senior Management team of Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence (since July 2017) 
  • Member, Scottish Government Advisory Council for Economic Transformation, since 2021 
  • Member, Northern Ireland Executive Economic Advisory Group, since 2020
  • Chair, Independent Evaluation Group into Economic Impact of Minimum Unit Pricing, Public Health Scotland, since 2018 
  • Adviser, Scottish Business Taskforce, UK Government, 2017 - 2020  
  • Independent adviser, Strategic Labour Market Group, Scottish Government, 2017 - 2021
  • Aberdeen City Region Growth Panel, since 2019
  • Aberdeen City Net Zero Leadership Group, since 2020  
  • Commissioner, Glasgow City Region City Deal Growth Commission, since 2016  
  • Independent expert, Review of Scottish Legal Aid Fees, Scottish Government, 2018 - 2021