Dr. Leaza McSorley


My name is Dr Leaza McSorley and I am the Chair of the RSA Scotland Section and a Lecturer in economics at Glasgow Caledonian University.  I have a doctorate in Economics and I have worked in regional economic development for the past 18 years as a policy maker, economic consultant and academic.

I first joined the RSA in 2008 and I have been fortunate enough to work with colleagues from around the world and expand my research network.  I now welcome the opportunity to do more to support the RSA as Chair of the Scotland Section.

I have broad experience in the field of regional economic development:  starting my career working in economic development in local government, focusing on youth unemployment and community planning, gaining frontline experience of working with local communities and grassroots organisations impacted by economic and social change.  I then worked in the private sector as an economist and economic consultant, and now as an academic I specialise in the area of regional economic development (particularly EU Cohesion policy) and labour market issues (social inclusion and wage inequality).

At this particular time of change for Scotland’s economy, I see the RSA Scotland Section as having an important voice in contributing independent academic evidence and innovative practical policy solutions to Scotland’s regional and territorial challenges.  I am keen for the Section to support the impact of colleagues’ academic research by involving policy makers, practitioners and community organisations in our work. I look forward to working with colleagues with interests in regional studies.


Minutes of previous meetings of the Scotland Section of RSA can be found to the right in the Documents section.

Please note: The Scotland Section is a limited agent for the Regional Studies Association but without any authority to incur financial liability for that Association.


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