Mairi Spowage

Professor, Ms

  • United Kingdom

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Personal Statement

Mairi Spowage is a Professor of Practice and 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 has been appointed to be the Budget Adviser to the Finance and Public Adminsitration Committee for 2021-2023. Mairi has also been appointed as a member of the National Statistician's Committee for Advice on Standards in Economic Statitsics (NSCASE). Mairi is also servicing on the Expert Panel for the Independent Commission for the Consistutional Future of Wales and the British Chambers of Commerce's Economic Advisory Council. 

Mairi is leading on various projects to improve economic measurement and the use of economic insights to improve policy decisions in Scotland and beyond. She also leads the programme to encourage graduates into careers in analysis through the Economic Futures programme. 

Mairi is on the Leadership team of the Centre for Inclusive Trade Policy and the Economis Statistics Centre of Excellence. 

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 15 years of experience working in different areas of statistics and analysis, including transport, household surveys and performance measurement.

Research Interests

Economic Policy

Economic Measurement & Statistics

National Accounts - Input-Output Analysis

Economic and Fiscal Forecasting

Public Sector Finances

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Budget Adviser, Scottish Parliament

1 Sept 20211 Sept 2023

ONS Fellow, UK Statistics Authority including ONS

1 Sept 2020 → …


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