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Research Topic

Financial history and status of Edinburgh

Research Summary

How did the city of Edinburgh maintain its position as an important financial centre, second only to London in the UK and sometimes as high as fourth in Europe for the best part of 300 years, despite being too small, in the wrong place, politically and geographically isolated and with no great trading or industrial base?


Research Area


Robert Dawson Scott is a doctoral researcher in the Strategy Group. Before joining the University of Edinburgh, he worked in journalism, television production and as a playwright.

Education and Qualifications

Institute Award Dates
University of Strathclyde Master of Letters in Journalism Research 1996-1997
Trinity College, Oxford Master in Jurisprudence 1975-1978

Professional & Voluntary Experience

  • Chair, Dancebase (2021-23)
  • Head of Consumer Engagement and Web Editor, STV (2008-2019)
  • Producer, Lion Television (2001-2007)
  • Arts/Outdoors Editor, Scotsman Publications (1997-2001)