Dr Linda Christie was a Public Policy Associate with Policy Scotland until January 2021 when she moved to become Assistant Project Manager for the Glasgow Riverside Innovation District.

She is an experienced senior economist and economic development professional. She holds a PhD in Management from University of Glasgow, and an MSc in Regional Economics and a BA Honours in Economics from the University of Strathclyde. She is also a Non-Executive Director of SURF, Scotland’s Regeneration Forum.


Research interests

Dr Christie’s research interests include:


  • urban/regional development
  • economic development and institutional change
  • local and regional governance and public policy.

Her doctoral research focused on the conceptualisation of Collaborative Urban Policy Networks (CUPNs) and their relationship for achieving economic development policy outcomes.


Professional 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.

Before she started 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.

Linda also carried out research projects for What Works Scotland.


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