The RSE’s interests in economy and enterprise are informed by its standing committee of the same name. Its broad membership seeks to facilitate meaningful knowledge exchange between academia and industry and to enhance Scotland’s economic performance.

The Economy and Enterprise committee has identified the three E’s as the cornerstones of improved economic well-being:




The committee actively monitors relevant calls for evidence. It draws on its expertise to prepare advice papers, including recent submissions:

We examined Scotland’s efforts to tackle inequality, analysed its policy evolution, compared progress with the rest of the UK, and explored the interplay between policies, enhanced equality, and economic growth.
The report calls for policy on the transition to be promoted as an investment opportunity, including job creation and global competitiveness,
The third sector plays a pivotal role in addressing societal challenges but it’s often overlooked in government economic strategies.

Other areas of work for the committee include:

  • Looking ahead, the committee is scoping a piece of work on the economic contributions of the third sector and will continue activities aimed at stimulating the Scottish investment ecosystem.
  • Support for the RSE’s Enterprise Fellowship scheme that enables budding entrepreneurs to commercialise promising research and build thriving businesses.
  • Scoping work on a new project that centres on rural communities in Scotland, specifically focusing on enhancing the benefits of energy generation within these communities.

We are exceptionally well-placed to provide constructive and highly informed commentary and advice to decision-makers.

Professor Jeremy Peat OBE FRSE, Vice President, Economy and Enterprise

Opportunities for Fellows

  • Contribute to advice papers or other working groups which centre on economic issues
  • Membership of the Economy and Enterprise Committee (refreshes yearly, a call for expressions of interest is issued to all fellows in due course)
  • Participate as chair, speaker, or attendee to EEC activities such as roundtables, workshops or other events

To get involved, contact our team at [email protected].

Explore RSE economy and enterprise work

The RSE Economy and Enterprise Committee (formerly the Business Innovation Forum) was convened in 2010 with the aim of identifying and stimulating processes to increase collaboration between business and academia in Scotland.
The prices in remote rural communities for some essential goods were already higher than those in urban centres.
The RSE responds to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the Resource Spending Review (RSR) Framework.
The RSE welcomes the opportunity to respond to the UK Parliament Environmental Audit Committee inquiry into aligning the UK’s economic
The RSE’s response to the Treasury Committee on the state of the UK’s venture capital industry, including the current opportunities & threats
Report of the RSE roundtable with the South of Scotland Enterprise on their consultation on the Draft Regional Economic Strategy for the South of Scotland.