Professor David Bailey

Economics, Finance & Entrepreneurship Department

David Bailey

Professor David Bailey, an influential business expert on economic restructuring and industrial policy is perhaps best known for his knowledge of UK and West Midlands car manufacturing.

As an author, regular media commentator and newspaper columnist, he has provided articles and commentary on key economic and regional policy issues including the closure and eventual reopening of the MG Rover car plant in Birmingham, UK, and the Jaguar Land Rover economic success story.

Most recently, David has undertaken European funded research on using foreign investment to upgrade clusters and on industrial and regional policy and the rise of ‘phoenix’ industries such as the low carbon vehicles cluster here in the West Midlands. 

Position: Professor of Industrial Strategy

Phone: +44(0)121 204 5262 Email: 
Room: SW1015

He has also recently worked with SQW Consulting on a project for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on developing a framework to assist Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) in responding to economic ‘shocks’ and restructuring. He has twice chaired the Regional Studies Association, and has acted as a Special Advisor to the House of Commons Select Committee on the West Midlands region, presenting to a number of select committees and All Party Parliamentary Groups. He has also been a Non-Executive Director at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust from 2006-2013. 

  • Ph.D.Industrial Development Policy in and for a Globalising Economy. 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) 
  • 2013 - Present Professor of Industrial Strategy, Aston Business School
  • 2009 - 2013 Professor (International Business & Economic Development) Coventry University Business School  
  • 2008 - 2009 Director, Birmingham Business School
  • 2006 - 2009 Professor (Economic Policy & International Business) Birmingham Business School 
  • 2005 - 2006 Reader in Economic Policy & International Business, Birmingham Business School.
  • 2003 - 2005 Senior Lecturer in International Business Economics, Birmingham Business School
  • BUP100, Undergraduate Placement Assessment
  • MBAPROJA, MBA Project
  • MSCDISS, MSc Dissertation
  • International business
  • Industrial policy
  • Economic and industrial restructuring
  • Regional economic development policy
  • Globalisation
  • European integration
  • manufacturing
  • Academic Lead, KEEN KTP Project between Coventry University and Penso Ltd, 2013, £42,000 Project. 
  • Co-Investigator, Research on Economic Shocks (with SQW) for the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, 2013. 
  • Principle Investigator, Area 3 coordinator, www-for Europe FP7 project on industrial policy £164,000, 2012-16. 
  • Project Leader (with Lisa De Propris, €100,000 EC INTERREG IV DISTRICT+ funded project – NICER, 2011-2013. 
  • Project Leader (with Emanuel Gomes, Tom Donnelly and Jason Begley) on an £18,000 project funded by MG Motor UK Ltd, on the history of Japanese transplants in the UK and future trends in the auto industry (2010). 
  • Project Leader(with Nigel Berkeley) on a £29,400 Advantage West Midland funded project on evaluating the role of the West Midlands Regional Task Force, 2009-2010. 
  • Audit Commissionfunding of £16,200 (with Caroline Chapain, Lisa Trickett, Chris Collinge, Robert Dalziel, Hieke Doring and Andrew Coulson) on the role of Local Authorities in dealing with the impact of the recession. 
  • Co-Investigator, £5000 HEIF4 project (with Caroline Chapain) ‘Lessons from plant closures; developing a policy toolkit’ (2008-2009). 
  • Principal Investigatoron a £100,000 (FEC)ESRCfunded project on‘The Economic and Social Impact of the Demise of Rover at Longbridge: A Longitudinal and Holistic Approach to Economic Restructuring’, with an another £30,000 from Birmingham City Council and the Longbridge Community Action Trust (2007-2009). 
  • European Commission INTERREG IIIProject funding: €70,000 (with Roger Sugden, Lisa De Propris, Davide Parrilli, and James Wilson) on the DISTRICT sub-projects PICTURE(Promoting Innovative Clusters through Urban Regeneration) and CLINIC (Cooperation Links, Interactive Networks and Innovative Clusters)(2006-2007). 
  • European Science Foundation(ESF) Exploratory Workshop on ‘The Governance of Networks as a Determinant of Local Economic Development’. Sum awarded: €13,500 (2005-2006). 
Journal Publications
  • Chair, Regional Studies Association (2006-12).  Specialist Advisor, House of Commons Select Committee on the West Midlands, 2009.
  •  Academician of the Social Sciences (2008-). Member of the ESRC Virtual College (2004-Oct 2008).