What We Do


The Society runs/works in partnership on the following annual events:

  • SES Annual Conference (April)
  • Government Economic Service / SES Workshop (October)
  • SES Student-Teacher Event (November)

SES Small Grants

The Society invites applications from researchers for its Small Grants Scheme. Grants of up to £500 are available for PhD students for conference travel expenses and up to £2,000 for other projects. Please complete the application form and e-mail your inquiries and applications to grants@scotecon.org.

SES Annual Conference

The 2022 annual conference will be held at the University of Glasgow from Monday 25th April to Wednesday 27th April 2022. Our intention is to run a face-to-face conference. However, partly depending on public health guidelines, there is also likely to be an online component. More details to follow early 2022.

Please follow this link for further information: Conference Website

President's Lecture
Nava Ashraf, London School of Economics

The Adam Smith Lecture
Mike Elsby, University of Edinburgh

The SES Economic Policy Lecture
Lucy O’Carroll, Director of Taxation and Fiscal Stability, the Scottish Government

Deadline for submission of papers and organised sessions: 28 January 2022

GES Policy Forum

The traditional Scottish Government Economic Policy Forum is planned for October at the Scottish Government offices in Edinburgh.

Student-Teacher Event

Every year, the Scottish Economic Society (SES) hosts a the student-teacher event to engage high-school students in discussions about economic issues, provide insights into the work of economists and offer guidance to students interested in studying economics at the university.

In November 2020, the Scottish Economic Society held its 14th Annual Students and Teachers of Economics Conference. For the first time, the conference was held online. The conference was attended by 18 schools across Scotland, who were provided with access to series of presentations on contemporary economic topics, in addition to a panel session from group of recent economics graduates. The presenters taking part in the conference were:

  • Dr Grant Allan – Strathclyde University – What does economics say about energy
  • Geoff Crocker – Universal Basic Income and Sovereign Money
  • Professor Alistair Milne – Loughborough University - Cryptocurrency:  Is it the money of the future?

Careers and Graduate Panel Session:

  • Joshua Baxter – The Scottish Government
  • Jeppe Saarinen – Perella Weinberg Partners
  • Maria Sergeeva – London Stock Exchange