Talking EDAS

This podcast explores the challenges and opportunities with people who have ideas and / or are working in the broad field. We at EDAS believe economic development is a core means by which we can deliver a fairer, greener, more prosperous Scotland. Folks across economic development, politics, civil society, public sector and business are wrestling and working in this context and there are many successes, challenges and opportunities, which we are keen to share. Hosted by Neil McInroy, Chair of EDAS and Global Lead for Community Wealth Building at The Democracy Collaborative.

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Tuesday Jun 11, 2024

This special episode of Talking EDAS coincides with the launch of EDAS' new strategy for 2024- 2027, which sets out a three year plan to develop a dynamic economy to help make Scotland more prosperous, and to tackle the challenges we face.
Neil McInroy is joined by Peter Duncan to discuss the central aims of the new strategy, and why economic development has such a key role to play in these turbulent times.
You can view EDAS' strategy here:

Wednesday Jun 05, 2024

We were delighted to welcome Peter Kelly, Director of The Poverty Alliance - Scotland's anti-poverty network - as our latest guest on Talking EDAS.
Peter joined Neil McInroy for an important conversation on the work being carried out to tackle poverty within Scottish society, and the greater role that economic development can play in creating a fairer, more equal society for all Scots.
To find out more about the work of The Poverty Alliance, visit their website:

Wednesday Apr 17, 2024

On this month's podcast, Neil McInroy was joined by Holly Sherrie, Clare Stoddart and Mukai Chigumba from the EDAS Future Leaders Network, to discuss their careers in economic development so far, why the network was established, and their aspirations for the network in the months and years to come.
The EDAS Future Leaders Network is a community of individuals who, together, will be the driving force behind economic development in Scotland, for years to come. It is designed for students, graduates, and practitioners who are in the early stages of their career. 
The network are always seeking new members and membership is open to all.
Find out more here

Wednesday Mar 20, 2024

We were delighted to join Elaine Morrison and Derek Shaw from Scottish Enterprise for an in-person conversation.
In this episode, Derek and Elaine introduce Scottish Enterprise's new strategic ambition document 'Our Focus on Economic Transformation' and its new mission-based approach.
The strategic ambition document was officially launched by the First Minister in January. 
You can view the full document here. 
Find out more about Scottish Enterprise and the work they do here.

Tuesday Feb 13, 2024

Annie joins us to share her insights on her role and the opportunities for Crown Estate Scotland, one of the most important bodies in the economic development field in Scotland.

Tuesday Sep 26, 2023

We're delighted to be joined by newly appointed Chair of EDAS, Neil McInroy, for our latest episode. Neil joins us to talk everything economic development, what change is required and what progress has been made, plus what he is looking to achieve in his time as Chair of EDAS.

Tuesday Jul 11, 2023

In this episode, we were joined by Phil Ford, Head of Digital Economy and Financial Services at Skills Development Scotland to review the recently published Digital Economy Skills Action Plan , and to discuss recent trends and opportunities to improve skills planning in the Scottish economy. 

Thursday Jun 22, 2023

In this episode which explores the rise of the space sector in Scotland, David and Peter discuss the construction of Sutherland Spaceport, the first vertical launch spaceport to be built on the UK mainland, and the opportunities that the growth of the space sector present for economic development in the Highlands and Islands.

Wednesday Jun 07, 2023

In this podcast, Mhairi and Jude join us to review the opportunities and challenges ahead for North Ayrshire Council, and indeed the three Ayrshire councils (North, East and South) in embedding CWB within its overall approach.

Tuesday May 23, 2023

In this episode, we are joined by Claire Carpenter, Founder and Executive Director of innovation at The Melting Pot in Edinburgh to discuss the social and economic power of coworking. 


About the Economic Development Association Scotland

EDAS is the country’s foremost membership driven association for all organisations and individuals with an interest in economic development.

We aim to improve economic development activity in Scotland by helping to raise the knowledge, skills and networks of those involved in all aspects of economic development.

We are the go to body for all individuals and organisations with interest in Scotland’s economic development.




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