Mr Neil McGregor

Lecturer

School Dundee Business School

Department Division of Accounting Finance and Economics

Contact info

+44 (0)1382 30 8704

Biography

I have extensive experience in teaching, research and consultancy specializing in regional development economics, economic geography and finance.

My specific areas of expertise include the evaluation of regional development policy; migration, labour market and skills analysis; global production and innovation networks and the ‘triple-helix’ industry-higher education-government interface. My research in these areas, in which I have published extensively, involves various sectors of the economy including oil and gas/ energy, tourism, higher education, food manufacture, biotech, computer games and financial services.

As Director of the Tayside Economic Research Centre, Lothian Labour Market Unit and Scottish Economic Research Centre, I managed a range of research and consultancy projects and led teams of researchers delivering in-depth regional labour market, economic, industry and market analysis for a range of public and private sector clients and contributing to policy formulation and strategy development at the national and local levels.

I have also been an academic reviewer for a range of organisations and an editor, including as managing editor of the annual publications, Tayside Economic Review and Lothian Labour Market Report and co-editor of the research collection Changing the Rules of the Game: Economic, Management and Emerging Issues in the Computer Games Industry.

Main current areas of teaching include: international corporate finance; innovation economics; energy investment, finance and risk management and economic development. Over twenty years of providing undergraduate, postgraduate and Continuing Professional Development /training-based delivery in a wide range of areas to a wide range of audiences. Activities also include course design in terms of content, learning strategies, teaching methods and assessment approaches.

Selected Teaching Expertise (Undergraduate/ Postgraduate/ Post-experience Level) includes:

Financial Economics (Portfolio theory)

International Corporate Finance

Options, Futures & Other Derivatives

Investment Appraisal & Capital Budgeting

Energy Economics

Financial Markets & Institutions

Energy Finance & Risk Management

Project Management

Petroleum Economics

Decision Analysis

Corporate Strategy

Microeconomics/ Industrial Organisation

Project Appraisal & Evaluation

Managerial Economics

Innovation Economics

Macroeconomics

Financial Accounting

Labour Economics

Financial Management

Neil has particpated in a range of research and contract research projects including areas of finance, economic development, labour markets and skills and energy markets.

 

Main current research interests include:

  • Local economic development and regional innovation systems;

 

  • Project investment decision-making techniques and performance effects;

 

  • Labour markets, migration and skills development;

 

  • Internationalisation of HE.

Research Outputs

Books

Hotho, S. and N McGregor eds. (2014) Changing the Rules of the Game, Palgrave MacMillan: London

Book Chapters:

McGregor, N. (2014) Business Growth, the Internet and Risk Management in the Computer Games Industry in Hotho, S. and N McGregor eds. (2014) Changing the Rules of the Game, Palgrave MacMillan: London

McGregor, N. (2010) Globalisation and the Internationalisation Strategies of Higher Education Institutions in Wereda, W. and Starnawska, S. eds. (2010) Post-globalisation Era? University of Podlaisie Publishing House

Fraser, I. and N. McGregor (2009) Barriers to Entrepreneurial Outcomes? in Hotho, S. and E. Juerke (2009) Creativity, Competence and the International Dimension, University of Abertay Press

McGregor, N. and C. Solek (2009) Higher Education Spin-Off Activity in Scotland, in Hotho, S. and E. Juerke (2009) Creativity, Competence and the International Dimension, University of Abertay Press

McGregor, N. (1999) Risk and Environment in A. Leask and I. Yeoman eds. (1999) Heritage Visitor Attractions: An Operations Management Perspective, Cassel: London

Journal Articles and selected other Published Research:

McGregor, N., White, G. and Farley, P. (2010) The University of Abertay Dundee and the Games Industry in Dundee Case Study 5 Policy Paper The Fuse: Igniting High Growth for the Creative, Digital & Information Technology Industries in the UK, Docherty, D (ed) Council for Industry & Higher Education

Rice, C., Udagawa, H., Thomson, H. and McGregor N., (2008) Do Hours Matter? The Relationship between Motivation and Study Intensity in Learners of English in Scotland, The Social Science Journal, Vol. 45, pp457-475

McGregor, N., Thomson H. and Udagawa, C. (2006) Précis No. 84 The Tayside Migrant Labour Population: Scale, Impacts and Experiences, Communities Scotland Research Series, Edinburgh, UK

Rice, C., McGregor, N., Thomson, H. and Udagawa, C. (2005) National ‘English for Speakers of Other Languages’ (ESOL) Strategy, Social Research Paper, Scottish Executive, Edinburgh, UK

McGregor, N., (1996) Investment Horizons and Sustainable Tourism: Implications for EU Policy, European Environment, Vol. 6, Issue 6, pp194-203 (Please note that this journal is now entitled Environmental Policy & Governance)

Limmack, R. and McGregor, N., (1995) Industrial Relatedness, Structural Factors and Bidder Returns, Applied Financial Economics, Vol.5, pp179-190

More Information

Funding

Neil has been responsible for securing competitive funding from a consortium of clients (e.g. TERC, SER and LLMU) as well as successfully tendering for ad hoc contract research, training-based consultancy services and consultancy projects amounting to funding of approximately £3.5m.

Esteem

Neil has worked across a range of fields in economics and finance and has been invited to provide a range of consultancy and advisory services to a range of businesses and public sector organisations. He has also acted as an academic reviewer and editor for organisations including: Administrative Sciences Association of Canada; Rzeszow University, Poland; Warsaw School of Economics, Poland and is a member of the McKinsey Consultants' Online Executive Panel. He is an external examiner for the University of Herfordshire Business School and is also involved with a range of professional organisations including: Conference of Heads of University Departments of Economics (CHUDE); British Institute of Energy Economists (BIEE); International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE); Project Management Institute (PMI); SIRE Environmental & Energy Economics Group; International Consulting Economists’ Association (ICEA); Economic Development Association (Scotland) (EDAS); Regional Studies Association (RSA) and the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP).

Knowledge Exchange

As Director of the Tayside Economic Research Centre (TERC), the Lothian Labour Market Unit (LLMU) and Scottish Economic Research (SER) Neil was leading and managing contract research/ consultancy teams (one based in Dundee and one in Edinburgh) providing a range of Service Level Agreement based-outputs and delivering local economic and labour market intelligence to a consortium of clients (including on-line data analysis tools and publication of regular intelligence reports) as well as dealing with direct enquiries from businesses/ media and undertaking additional consultancy projects for a range of other public and private sector clients. 

Publications and activities include:

Regular Local/ Regional Economic & Labour Market Intelligence:

• Scottish Economic Bulletin (2006-2008)
• Tayside Economic Review (annual 2000-2009)
• Lothian Labour Market Statement (annual 2004-2006)
• Tayside Economic Bulletin (quarterly 2000-2008)
• Tayside Labour Market Statistics (monthly 2000-2008)
• TERC website/ LLMU website
• Sector/ Issue studies
• Enquiry service
• Consortium advisory service

Selected Clients

Public Sector: Scottish Government; Scottish Enterprise, SE Tayside; SE Edinburgh & Lothian; SE Fife; Angus Council; Dundee City Council; Perth & Kinross Council; Communities Scotland; Jobcentreplus/ Department of Work & Pensions; East Lothian Council; Midlothian Council; Edinburgh City Council; West Lothian Council; Glasgow City Council

Private Sector: ETAP; ENI; OMV; BG Tunisia; Lloyds Banking Group (Scotland) plc; Scottish & Newcastle plc; CKD Galbraith Ltd; Angus Estates Ltd; D Ritchie Implementation (Forfar) Ltd; Pitlochry Festival Theatre Ltd.; Grampian Country Foods, Miller Hendry

Selected Consultancy Studies/ Research Reports & Publications

The following list highlights just some of the consultancy and research outputs.

Economic Development Strategy & Business Support, for example:
• National ‘English for Speakers of Other Languages’ (ESOL) Strategy
• Export Survey Analysis
• E-commerce Adoption Study
• Action Plan for Economic Development & Business Support Services
• Patenting Activity Study
• Evaluation of the Asia-Pacific Export Initiative
• Input-Output Multiplier Study
• Mapping of Economic Development Activities/ Services
Mixed Property, Infrastructure & Transport Developments
• Socio-economic Impact Assessment of Urban Waterfront Development
• Feasibility and Socio-economic Assessment of Business Park Development
• Assessing the Sustainability of Urban Design Options

Environment & Energy
• Environmental Innovation
• Green Energy Clusters Baselining Study
• Analysis of UK Composting Market
• Bio-fuels: Evaluation of Opportunities in Angus (2003) for Angus Council
• Evaluation of Business and Environment Programme

Tourism & Leisure
• Business Case Assessment of Tourism Development Plans
• Socio-Economic Impact Assessment of Tourism Development Plans
• Socio-Economic Impact Assessment of the Rural Theatre
• Local Economic Impact Study of the Open Golf Championship
• Evaluation of Tourism Management Programme
• Risk and Environment: Heritage Visitor Attractions: An Operations Management Perspective
• Investment Horizons and Sustainable Tourism: Implications for EU Policy

Creative Industries/ Biotechnology
• Changing the Rules of the Game: Management Issues in the Computer Games Industry
• Business Growth, the Internet and Risk Management in the Computer Games Industry
• Case Study 5 Policy Paper The Fuse: Igniting High Growth for the Creative, Digital & Information Technology Industries in the UK
• Digital Media Baselining Study
• Biotechnology Baselining Study
• Brand Evaluation Study

Food & Drink
• Evaluation of Market Advantage Programme
• Recruitment and Retention Problems in the Food & Drink Sector: Analysis and Solutions
• Assessment of the UK Tenanted Pub Market

Education, Business-Higher Education Interaction
• Globalisation and the Internationalisation Strategies of Higher Education Institutions
• Barriers to Entrepreneurial Outcomes Analysis
• Higher Education Spin-Off Activity in Scotland
• Independent Schools Economic Impact Study
• Determinants of Access to Higher Education Among Low Income Groups
• Tourism Articulation Study

Economic Development Training
• Economic Impact Assessment Advice and Support Service
• Economic Impact Assessment Training
• Project Appraisal & Evaluation Training

Social Development/ Poverty Reduction
• Evaluation of Neighbourhood Management Initiative
• Evaluation of Support for Young People

Labour Market, Skills & Inward Investment
• Construction Skills Analysis
• Assessment of the Demand and Supply of ICT Skills
• Selection of Target Sectors in the Basic Key Skills Project
• Local Labour Market Assessment

Demographics, Migration & Commuting
• The Relationship between Motivation and Study Intensity in Learners of English
• Migrant Labour Population Study: Scale, Impacts and Experiences
• Overseas Labour Supply & Demand Analysis
• City-Region Commuting Patterns Analysis
• School-leaver Destinations Study
 

Outreach

Neil has worked with local schools and FE colleges to encourage lifelong learning and HE participation. In addition, Neil has undertaken research into neighbourhood and regional socio-economic development projects and training initiatives and provided specific advice on enhancing delivery and value for money.

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