Mr David Hearne

Mr David Hearne

Department of Management
Lecturer in Industrial Economics or Business Economics

Contact details

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

David joined Birmingham Business School in 2021 as a lecturer in the Department of Management. David takes a keen interest in subnational economic development and policy. His research encompasses several broad themes within this area, and has recently included work on the drivers of regional variation in the 2016 Brexit vote as well as some of the regional consequences of this. He is a member of the department's Business and Labour Economics (BLE) group.


  • MSc Economics (2015)
  • MA Middle Eastern History (2012)
  • BA Economics (2008)


Prior to his appointment at the University of Birmingham, David worked in the Centre for Brexit Studies at Birmingham City University, where he conducted research into a variety of areas related to Brexit and engaged with a number of media outlets (principally radio).


BSc Business Management


Hearne, D., De Ruyter, A., & Davies, H. (2019). The Commonwealth: a panacea for the UK’s post-Brexit trade ills? Contemporary Social Science, 14(2), 1-20. doi:10.1080/21582041.2018.1558277

De Ruyter, A., Hearne, D., Beer, J., & Zaman, Y. (2020). Brexit, Birmingham and the 2022 Commonwealth Games: an opportunity for regeneration and rejuvenation? Managing Sport and Leisure, 1-16. doi:10.1080/23750472.2020.1820369

 Hearne, D. (2020). A spatial analysis of the Brexit vote in the West Midlands. Regional Studies, Regional Science, 7(1), 232-243. doi:10.1080/21681376.2020.1782255

De Ruyter, A., Hearne, D., Murshed, S. M., Whittam, G., & Aguma, D. (2021). Beyond remain vs. leave: understand changing voter perceptions and attitudes towards Populism—evidence from Scotland and the West Midlands. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 14(3), 507-527. doi:10.1093/cjres/rsab019

 Hearne, D. (2021a). Basic Income: A Radical Proposal for a Free Society and a Sane Economy. The Economic Record, 97(316), 126-128. Retrieved from

Hearne, D. (2021b). Regional prices and real incomes in the UK. Regional Studies, 55(5), 951-961. doi:10.1080/00343404.2020.1836340

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, DOI: 10.1080/00343404.2022.2071421

Hearne, D., & De Ruyter, A. (2019). Regional Success After Brexit: The Need for New Measures. Bingley: Emerald.

Hearne, D., Semmens-Wheeler, R., & Hill, K. (2019). Explaining the Brexit Vote: A socio-economic and psychological exploration of the referendum vote. In A. De Ruyter & B. Nielsen (Eds.), Brexit Negotiations After Article 50: Assessing Process, Progress and Impact. Bingley: Emerald.

De Ruyter, A. and Hearne, D. (2022), Monetary and Fiscal Policies after the Covid-19 Crisis: the case of the UK in Andreosso-O’Callaghan, B., Moon, W. and Sohn, W. (eds.) Economic Policy and the Covid-19 Crisis: The Macroeconomic Response in the US, Europe, and East Asia. Abingdon:Routledge. ISBN: 978-0-367-72137-4