Scottish Graduate Programme in Economics

SGPE Residential Conference 2018

Information about the SGPE Residential Conference in 2018.

SPGE at Crieff Hydro

This year the SGPE Residential Conference took place at Crieff Hydro on Thursday 11 and Friday 12 January 2018 and was attended by staff and PhD students, as well as MSc Students.

Crieff Hydro website


Faculty presentations


SPGE Conference at Crieff Hydro

This year, there were many exciting talks given by leaders in the field of Economics:

  • Michael King (Senior economist for the Scottish Government) gave a presentation on "Using economics analysis to inform policy decisions"
  • Sheila Dow (Emeritus Professor, Stirling University) talked about "Pluralism in Economics"
  • Cristina La Fuente (University of Edinburgh) and Rachel Forshaw (Edinburgh) covered "Numerical methods"

The final presentation of the conference was given by Liam Delaney (Professor of Behavioural Economics, University College Dublin) about "Using insights from behavioural economics for public policy".



Past Conferences:

2017 focused on research and development, with highlighted talks in the following areas:

  • "Economics and Brexit" by David Bell (University of Stirling)
  • "Numerical Methods" by Cristna LaFuente and Rachel Forshaw (both University of Edinburgh)
  • "Big Data for Economics" by Vania Sena (University of Essex)


In 2016, there was a Panel presentation on the Scottish and UK economy after the referendum.

As part of the Panel:

  • David Cobham (Heriot-Watt) gave a presentation on “Currency options for an independent Scotland”
  • David Bell (Stirling) covered “The Referendum Outcome and the Aftermath”
  • David Eisner (Stirling) talked about “Inequality and the Scottish independence debate”

The closing presentation of the conference was given by Nick Hanley about “Measuring the Sustainability of Economic Development Over the Very Long Run”


Applying for PhD Affiliation

To attend the Residential Conference or access our advanced training opportunities you must come from one of our SGPE Institutions. 

Most PhD Economics students at SGPE partner institutions are eligible to join:

  • University of Aberdeen
  • Dundee University
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of Heriot-Watt
  • University of St Andrews
  • University of Stirling
  • University of Strathclyde

Apply for PhD affiliation with the SGPE