Dr Stewart MacNeil

The Department of Procurement and Operations Management


Contact details

University of Birmingham
B15 2TT



  • The knowledge economy particularly as related to inter-organisational networks and the connection to producer and consumer markets
  • The automotive industry and its evolution particularly in respect of the development of new innovation models and the role of policy and regulation in furthering innovation


Current and recent projects

  • Regional Integrated Strategies in Europe (RISE), EU ESPON 2013 programme (2010-2012)
  • Regional Trajectories to the Knowledge Economy: A Dynamic Model (EURODITE), European 6th Framework Program Integrated Project, DG Research (2005-2010)
  • Creative Clusters and Innovation 2009- 2010, NESTA
  • Economic Impact Assessment of Cadbury’s in the City and the Region, 2008- 2009, Blue Rubicon Consultants
  • Republic of Moldova: Regional Economic Development, 2008- 2009, Oxford Policy Management & Dept. for International Development
  • An Evaluation of the Accelerate Programme, for Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • A study on the social and Economic Impact of the University of Birmingham in the City of Birmingham and the West Midlands region, for the University
  • A multi-centred study into the social impacts of change in the automotive sector, for the European Commission
  • An evaluation of the Regional Innovation Strategy survey, for AWM as part of the third EU-wide Community Innovation Survey
  • Manager of West Midlands Regional Innovation Strategies with Oughton C, Johnstone A, Bentley G et al, for European Commission and Advantage West Midlands
  • Coordinator of European Project: European Training for Advanced Vehicle Technologies (EUROMOTOR), funded under the EC Comett and Leonardo Programmes

Other activities

External Involvements

  • Member of Editorial Board of International journal of International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management
  • Guest Editor of International Journal of International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management, 2009, 2010
  • Visiting Lecturer Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, 2009 – present
  • Keynote speaker World Economic Forum of Regional Development Agencies, Madeira, 2009
  • Keynote Speaker UK Conference on the “Future of the British Automotive Industry”, Dept. for Trade and Industry, Birmingham, 2003
  • Keynote Speaker European Conference on “future Scenarios for the European Automotive Industry”, European Monitoring Centre on Change, Warsaw, 2004 


Selected publications

Journal articles

MacNeill S and Bailey D (2010). Changing Policies for the Automotive Industry in an ‘Old’ industrial Region: An Open Innovation Model.  International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management 10 (2/3), 128-144.

MacNeill S and Steiner M (2010). Translating Policy to Place Leadership: Lessons from the Austrian Province of Styria. Policy Studies, 31 (4), 441-456.

Bailey D and MacNeill S (2008).  The Rover Task Force: Case Study in Proactive and Reactive Policy Intervention? Regional Science Policy and Practice, 1 (1)

Bailey D, Kobayashi S and MacNeill S (2008).  Rover and Out? Globalisation, the West Midlands Automotive Cluster and the end of MG-Rover. Policy Studies, 29 (3) 267-279

Burfitt A and MacNeill S (2008). The Challenges of pursuing Cluster Policy in the ‘Congested State’. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 32 (2), 492-505

MacNeill S, Jeffery C and Gibney J (2007).  The Changing Dynamics of Regional Representation in Brussels: A Case Study of West Midlands.  Regional Studies, 41 (3)

MacNeill S, Burfitt A and Gibney J (2007).  The Dilemmas Of Operationalising Cluster Policy: The Medical Technology Cluster In The West Midlands.  European Planning Studies, 15 (9)


Cooke, P., de Laurentis, C MacNeill, S. and Collinge C (Eds.) (2010). Platforms of Innovation: Dynamics of New Industrial Knowledge Flows. Elgar, London.

MacNeill, S., Jürgens, U. and Blöcker, A. (2010) Knowledge networks and Processes in the Automotive Industry. In Cooke, P., de Laurentis, C MacNeill, S. and Collinge C (Eds.) (2010). Platforms of Innovation: Dynamics of New Industrial Knowledge Flows. Elgar, London..

Bailey, D, Kobayashi, S and MacNeill, S (2009) Rover and Out? Globalisation, the West Midlands Automotive Cluster and the end of MG-Rover. In Beer, A and H Thomas. (Eds.) The Impacts of Automotive Plant Closure: A Tale of Two Cities.  Routledge, London


MacNeill S (2008). Towards a New Strategic Leadership of Place for the Knowledge-based Economy: A Case Study of the Austrian Province of Styria, Academy for Sustainable Communities

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