Research Associate

Linda Christie (née Ferguson) is supporting Professor Ken Gibb with an evidence and case study review of what works in economic development in Scotland.

This includes case study investigation of the Clyde Gateway urban regeneration company, the Bute Island Alliance and Broomhill’s Asset Development Initiative in Inverclyde.

Linda’s research interests

Head and shoulders photo of Linda Christie giving a presentationLinda is also a doctoral researcher at the University of Glasgow, having been awarded a PhD scholarship co-funded by the ESRC and Scottish Government.

The project has close links to the Scottish Cities Alliance (SCA), a collaborative initiative between Scotland’s cities overseen by the Scottish Government. Her research is focussed on the conceptualisation of Collaborative Urban Policy Networks (CUPNs) and their relationship for achieving economic development policy outcomes.

Her research interests include: urban/regional policy development; local government financing and reform; and public sector governance.

About Linda’s background

Having spent the first part of her career in academia as a regional economist (i.e. CGE and Input-Output analysis) at University of Strathclyde’s Fraser of Allander Institute, and thereafter, as an economist in the Scottish Government and Glasgow City Council, 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, having previously played a key role in the development of some of Glasgow’s major policy initiatives in recent years, including Glasgow’s Economic Development Strategy, Transformational Regeneration Housing Areas, Commonwealth Apprenticeships and Community Benefits in Procurement.

She holds an MSc in Regional Economics and a BA Honours in Economics from the University of Strathclyde.

Contact Linda

See more about Linda and her PhD on the University of Glasgow’s Adam Smith Business School website.