TOOK PLACE IN DUNDEE 24/25/26 March 2023

Scotland’s first festival of economics came to Dundee. Over 25 sessions covering every aspect of the Scottish economy.

Economists, policymakers, academics, and politicians from across the globe and across the United Kingdom came together to discuss the economic challenges that we all face.

Speakers included:

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Pauline Smith

Development Trusts Association Scotland

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Nick Sherrard

Label Ventures

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Kairin van Sweeden

SNP Councillor

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Tadhg Hickey

Activist & Comedian

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Steven Kinsella

Economics Professor, University Of Limerick

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Alex Salmond

Former First Minister of Scotland

William Thomson


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Steven Hail

Professor of Economics Torrens University

Dirk Ehnts

Dirk Ents

Adjunct Lecturer, Torrens University

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Ray Bugg

Founder, DIGIT.FYI

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Shireen Morris

Constitutional Lawyer

Gary Gillespie Chief Economist

Gary Gillespie

Chief Economist, Scottish Government

Dr Tim Rideout at a lectern

Dr Tim Rideout

Scottish Currency Group

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Frances Rayner


Stewart Hosie MP headshot

Stewart Hosie MP

SNP Spokesperson for Economy

Lukas Bunse

Lukas Bunse


Shona Robison MSP

Scottish Government

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Marla Dukharan


Amanda Burgauer


Dr Andrew MacKillop

History Professor, University of Glasgow

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Patricia Pino

PHD Candidate, Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose

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Richard Murphy

University of Sheffield Management School

Andrew Bullick

Andrew Bullick


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Stuart Mackintosh

Group of Thirty

Dr Craig Dalzell


Cat Boyd

Cat Boyd

Socialist & Activist

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Andrew Thin

Scottish Land Commission

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Gonçalo dos Reis

Associate Professor, Mathematics, University of Edinburgh

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Neil McInroy

The Democracy Collaborative

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Dave Hawkey

Senior research fellow, IPPR Scotland

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Ailsa MacKenzie

Trustee, Poverty Alliance

Timothée Parrique

Author of “The political economy of degrowth”

Rachel Donald

Rachel Donald

Planet: Critical

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Steven Hail

Professor of Economics Torrens University

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Cameron Archibald

Modern Money Scotland

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Jon Helgi Egilsson

Former Chairman of the supervisory board of the Icelandic Central Bank

Steve Keen

Author, Commentator and Economist

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Innovation – Scotland’s ability and aptitude for innovation.

Macroeconomic models – Policymakers are guided by them. Companies make decisions based on them. Media report them. But what actually goes into creating an economic model? You will be very surprised to find out!

An Economic Journey. A conversation with Alex Salmond, former First Minister of Scotland Alex started his career as an Economist with the Scottish Office and later the Royal Bank of Scotland before becoming an MP, MSP, leader of the SNP and First Minister of Scotland.

How to start a new central/reserve bank – With a blank canvas, what role could a new central/reserve bank play in Scotland?

The Social Justice and Fairness Commission with Shona Robison MSP.

Beyond the welfare state – How will a job guarantee, universal basic income and universal basic services take us beyond the twentieth-century welfare state?

The Fragile British Economy – In Conversation with Stewart Hosie MSP.

Dealing with devolved powers – Discover the practical realities of dealing with only a few economic levers with the Scottish Government’s Chief Economist.

Community-led economy – What would a Scottish economy focused on communities look like?

Why is there no Scottish National Energy Company? – And what can we learn from Wales?

Radical economics – What would a radical Scottish economy look like?

The economics of land and how ‘Just’ is Scotland’s Just Transition? – A Just Transition is possible, but only just. So how does Scotland get there?

A circular, wellbeing economy is the future direction of travel for the Scottish economy, but how do we get there? – The Scottish Government is firmly behind the idea of a wellbeing and a circular economy, but what does that economy actually look like?

The source of Scotland’s wealth (includes Gallery Tour at DCA) – The role of the British Empire in creating and sustaining our high standard of living.

Our massive myth buster session – Myths and misunderstandings dominate the narrative around our economy. But not anymore! (DCA)

An introduction to Modern Monetary Theory – A realistic and modern look at money and what it tells us about the functioning (or non-functioning) of governments and financial markets.

A Scottish Job Guarantee – How a job guarantee in Scotland would underpin the economy and create a more equal society.

The difference between growth/no growth/degrowth – Nothing can grow forever. So long as continued growth remains an over-riding human objective, the rate of resource consumption and waste generation will continue to rise, which will increasingly degrade the natural environment upon which the economy depends for sustenance.

The economics of the climate crisis – A battle we can not afford to lose.

SCOTONOMICS Small Nation Series. An in-depth look at the economy of Iceland and why small tends to be beautiful.

Don’t worry! Technology will save us all! from the climate crisis – The happy life of a techno-utopian. 3.20pm – 4.00pm. Chaired by Rachel Donald from Planet: Critical

A Scotland of Ideas – A summing up session from the three days bringing together all of the ideas over the weekend PLUS SCOTONOMICS podcast recording.