Professor Cillian Ryan is the College Director of Education and holder of the Jean Monnet Chair in European Economics. He is also the Director of the Birmingham Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence, and was recently awarded the EIIW Economics Science Prize 2008. He has held appointments in Ireland, Canada, the US and Wales and most recently was Head of the European Research Institute from 2005–2008.
Nationally, Professor Ryan Chairs the Advisory Board of the UK Higher Education Academy Economics Network, a member of the National HEA Subject Chairs Committee and the HEA C-SAP (Sociology, Anthropology and Politics) Network. He has led and been a member of various teaching and learning projects including FDTL5 and the most recent HEFCE Open Education Resource Initiative. He is also a member of the European Jean Monnet Centre Chairs Network and the UK Standing Committee of Heads of European Studies (SCHES).
Professor Ryan has been a consultant for various UK Government agencies, EU, UNCTAD, and the Australian Industries Commission, and is a former research associate of the Institute for Economic Policy Studies in Vancouver and the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London. His principal research interests are trade theory and business cycle issues with a particular emphasis on financial trade and modeling issues, international merger theory and regulation, international financial regulation, EU and the GATS.
Professor Ryan was elected to Council in 2009 by the academic members of the Senate.