EDAS Policy Themes
EDAS regularly focuses on a few key policy and practice themes to inform its work programme, communications and events. Focussing on these themes offers the opportunity to bring together policy makers and practitioners from across the public, private and third sectors to explore these topics in a collaborative and open manner.
Currently, EDAS is focusing its work programme on three themes:
EDAS Policy Themes 2020/21
Inclusive and Sustainable Growth
Utilising our extensive policy and practitioner network, EDAS has established an Inclusive and Sustainable Growth Community of Practice (CoP). The CoP allows policymakers and practitioners to explore how best to deliver activities that promote these objectives and help develop a genuine wellbeing economy. For example, recent events explored the implications of ‘Green New Deal’ and Wellbeing Economy type approaches for economic development in Scotland. Our annual conference will focus on ‘People, Planet and Prosperity’.
The Scottish Government is supporting a significant part of this work linking to the Scottish Centre for Regional Inclusive Growth (SCRIG). Previous events have focused on Fair Work, Business Engagement and Procurement. Events in 2020/21 will focus on delivering Community Wealth Building approaches.
Regional Economic Partnerships
As more of the economic development agenda is guided by area focussed growth deals, EDAS is exploring the implications for policy and practice in Scotland to give members the opportunity to learn for each other and experience elsewhere. As part of this theme we have collaborated with the Scottish Futures Trust to consider the lessons for Scottish infrastructure and related policy in the context of national and international experiences. We will look to build on this and other collaborations in the future.
The Implications of Brexit on economic development
Building on our previous work relating to internationalisation and Scotland’s place in the world, EDAS will continue to explore the potential impact of Brexit on our economy, trade and investment, economic development funding and specific geographies and industries, including migration and the future workforce. We will also be aiming to provide opportunities to enable members to understand and contribute to the shaping of programmes such as the Shared Prosperity Fund, which will replace existing EU schemes.