Professor David Bailey PhD, FeRSA

Professor David Bailey

Department of Management
Professor of Business Economics

Contact details

Department of Management
Birmingham Business School
University House
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


  • 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


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)


Recent publications


Bailey, D, De propris, L, De ruyter, A, Hearne, D & Ortega-Argilés, R 2023, 'Brexit, trade and UK advanced manufacturing sectors: a Midlands’ perspective', Contemporary Social Science: Journal of the Academy of Social Sciences, pp. 1-16.

Hildreth, P & Bailey, D 2023, 'Levelling-up beyond the metropolis: is the UK government’s preferred governance model appropriate?', Contemporary Social Science: Journal of the Academy of Social Sciences, pp. 1-20.

Bailey, DJ, Lewis, PC & Shibata, S 2022, 'Contesting neoliberalism: mapping the terrain of social conflict', Capital and Class, vol. 46, no. 3, pp. 449-478.

Bailey, D, De Ruyter, A, Macrae, C, Mcneill, J & Roberts, J 2022, 'Perceiving and managing Brexit risk in UK manufacturing: evidence from the midlands', Contemporary Social Science: Journal of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Bailey, D, De Ruyter, A, Hearne, D & Ortega-argilés, R 2022, 'Shocks, resilience and regional industry policy: Brexit and the automotive sector in two Midlands regions', Regional Studies.

De Propris, L & Bailey, D 2021, 'Pathways of regional transformation and Industry 4.0', Regional Studies, vol. 55, no. 10-11, pp. 1617-1629.

Harrison, J, Delgado, M, Derudder, B, Anguelovski, I, Montero, S, Bailey, D & De Propris, L 2019, 'Pushing regional studies beyond its borders', Regional Studies, vol. 54, no. 1, pp. 129-139.

Bailey, D, Clark, J, De Propris, L, Colombelli, A, Corradini, C, Derudder, B, Fratesi, U, Fritsch, M, Harrison, J, Hatfield, M, Kemeny, T, Kogler, D, Lagendijk, A, Lawton, P, Ortega Argiles, R & Usai, S 2019, 'Rethinking regions in turbulent times', Regional Studies, vol. 54, no. 1, 1, pp. 1-4.

Bailey, D, Pitelis, C & Tomlinson, PR 2018, 'A place-based developmental regional industrial strategy for sustainable capture of co-created value', Cambridge Journal of Economics, vol. 42, no. 6, pp. 1521–1542.

Clark, J & Bailey, DG 2018, 'Labour, work and regional resilience', Regional Studies, vol. 52, no. 6, pp. 741-744.

Bailey, D, Corradini, C & De Propris, L 2018, '‘Home-sourcing’ and closer value chains in mature economies: the case of Spanish manufacturing', Cambridge Journal of Economics, vol. 42, no. 6, pp. 1567-1584.

Bailey, DG, Berkeley, N, Jones, A & Jarvis, D 2017, 'Assessing the transition towards battery electric vehicles: a multi-level perspective on drivers of, and barriers to, take up', Transportation Research. Part A: Policy & Practice: an international journal, vol. 106, pp. 320-332.

Bailey, D & De Propris, L 2017, 'Brexit and the UK automotive industry', National Institute Economic Review, vol. 242, no. 1, pp. R51-R59.

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

De Propris, L & Bailey, D 2018, Manufacturing Reshoring: a UK Perspective. in R Hira, J Eatie & D Siegel (eds), Engineering Globalization Reshoring & Nearshoring: Management & Policy Issues. World Scientific, Singapore . <>


Bailey, D & De Propris, L 2018, Manufacturing reshoring: A U.K. perspective. in World Scientific Reference On Innovation. vol. 2, World Scientific, pp. 41-66.

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