Professor David Bailey PhD, FeRSA

Professor David Bailey

Department of Management
Professor of Business Economics

Contact details

Address
Department of Management
Birmingham Business School
University House
Birmingham
B15 2TT

David Bailey is Professor of Business Economics at the Birmingham Business School, and a Senior Fellow of the ESRC’s UK in a Changing Europe programme, exploring the impacts of Brexit on UK automotive and manufacturing. He has written extensively on industrial and regional policy, especially in relation to manufacturing and the auto industry. He has been involved in a number of recent major projects including the recent Horizon2020 RISE project MAKERS where he led the Work Package on Industrial Policy. He is Editor-in-Chief of the leading journal Regional Studies and Chair of the RSA Europe Think-Tank and policy forum.  His latest co-edited book ‘Keeping the Wheels on the Road. UK Auto after Brexit’ has recently been published by Bite-Sized Books. David is a regular media commenter and newspaper columnist. Tweet him @dgbailey

Qualifications

  • Ph.D. Birmingham Business School. 2003
  • M.Soc.Sc. Russian and East European Studies / Economics. University of Birmingham. (Funded by an ESRC Competition Award). 1990
  • B.Soc.Sc. Economics. First Class Honours. University of Birmingham. 1988

Biography

David is Professor of Business Economics at the Birmingham Business School, UK and Senior Fellow at the ESRC’s UK in a Changing Europe programme, exploring the impacts of Brexit on UK automotive and manufacturing.  He is Editor-in-Chief of the Regional Studies Association’s flagship journal Regional Studies (having been Deputy Editor-in-Chief 2013-18), and is Chair of the Regional Studies Association Europe Foundation (a think tank and policy forum based in Brussels). David was Chair of the RSA itself twice over 2006-12.

David’s research interests cover various dimensions of business economics: industrial policy; industry 4.0 and manufacturing; and regional economic development policy. He has a particular interest in the automotive industry, including the take up of electric vehicles and the transformation of the industry.

David comments for a wide range of media such as the BBC, Sky News, FT, Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, Reuters, etc. and is a sought-after media commentator on business and the economy.

He has been involved in several major research projects. These include the H2020 funded Marie-Curie RISE Network ‘MAKERS’, and on an Australian Research Council project on dealing with the closure of the Australia auto industry.

Other work has included the ESRC project (on which he was PI) on the Economic and social impact of the MG Rover collapse which attracted considerable media interest, and was rated by the ESRC as ‘outstanding’. It featured in the ESRC and Academy of Social Sciences report ‘Making the Case for Social Sciences’.

Other funding has come from the Audit Commission, European Commission INTERREG funding, governments and international agencies, and the European Commission FP7 project ‘Welfare, Wealth and Work for Europe’ of which he was one of five area coordinators (Area 3: Innovation, Innovation Policy and Industrial Policy).

David has experience of teaching on a wide range of modules at undergraduate, postgraduate and executive levels in business economics, international businesses and the political economy of the EU.

David is frequently interviewed by local, national and international media to discuss issues related to his research.

Recent major ‘impact’ is also seen in his work on transitions to Industry 4.0, to highlight the need to reform takeover rules, and the need for a regional scale to industrial policy in the UK.

He is a frequent after-lunch and after-dinner speaker at high level business and policy events, debates and media events around the West Midlands and in London.

David has also acted as Specialist Advisor, e.g. to a House of Commons Select Committee, and as an external expert for the European Commission, World Bank and OECD, and often gives evidence to public inquiries and consultations.

Teaching

David teaches on a number of modules including:

  • Employment, Business Development and Policy in the EU (final year BSc undergraduate module)
  • Issues in Management (MSc International Business module)
  • Intermediate Business Economics (2nd year undergraduate module delivered in Singapore)

Postgraduate supervision

David is interested in supervising research students keen to explore:

  • Automotive industry including the transition to low carbon vehicles and autonomous vehicles, and what this means for the automotive value chain.
  • Industry4.0
  • Industrial policy
  • Brexit and its impact
  • Reshoring in manufacturing

Research

Research interests

David research interests include:

  • The automotive industry including the transition to low carbon vehicles and autonomous vehicles, and what this means for the automotive value chain.
  • Industry4.0 and its implications for industry, the economy and policy
  • Industrial and regional policy
  • Brexit and its impact, especially on automotive and manufacturing
  • Reshoring and ‘home-sourcing’ in manufacturing.

 Current projects

David is a Senior Fellow at the ESRC’s UK in a Changing Europe programme, exploring the impacts of Brexit on UK automotive and manufacturing. This three year project runs from May 2019 to April 2022.

He is also a co-investigator on theHorizon 2020 Rise Project MAKERS. This brings together leaders from business, academia and policy to study issues related to the drivers and dynamics of sustaining the competitiveness of manufacturing in Europe.

Publications

Bailey, David, Christos Pitelis and Philip Tomlinson (2019) Strategic Management and regional industrial strategy: cross fertilisation to mutual advantage, Regional Studies, forthcoming.

Bailey, David, Dan Coffey and Carole Thornley (2019) Industrial Policy, Place and Democracy, Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, forthcoming.

David Bailey, Amy Glasmeier, Philip Tomlinson and Peter Tyler (2019) Industrial Policy: New Technologies and Transformative Innovation Policies? Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, https://doi.org/10.1093/cjres/rsz006

Bailey, David and Les Budd (2019) Brexit and Beyond. A Pandora’s Box? Contemporary Social Science, 14(2) forthcoming.

Bailey, David, Alex de Ruyter, Neil Fowler and John Mair, ed.s, (2019) Keeping the Wheels on the Road: UK Auto after Brexit, Bite Sized Books.

Bailey, David, Nigel Driffield and Erika Kispeter (2019) Brexit, foreign investment and employment: some implications for industrial policy?, Contemporary Social Science, 14(2) https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/21582041.2019.1566563

Bailey, David, Christos Pitelis and Philip Tomlinson (2018) A Place-Based Developmental Regional Industrial Strategy and/for Sustainable Capture of Co-created Value, Cambridge Journal of Economics, 42(6), 1521–1542.

Bailey, David, Carlo Corradini and Lisa De Propris (2018) ‘Home-sourcing’ and Closer Value Chains in Mature Economies: the case of Spanish Manufacturing, Cambridge Journal of Economics, , 42(6), 1567–1584, available open-access at:

https://academic.oup.com/cje/advance-article/doi/10.1093/cje/bey020/5067309

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