Aston University appoints new ‘Professor of Industry’

David Bailey

26 September

David Bailey is joining Aston Business School, as its new Professor of Industrial Strategy.

Professor 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. 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.

Professor Bailey said; "I'm delighted to be joining Aston Business School. The School combines world class academic research with genuine impact and engagement. It's a chance for me to further develop my research and teaching on industrial and regional policy with some quite brilliant academics and students. Some of my immediate research will focus on industrial policy in the auto industry and what more we could do to push the recent upswing in the industry and maxmimise its impact.”

Over 200 national and international organisations target Aston for their graduate recruitment each year. The University is the second largest provider of Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) in the West Midlands, and 12th largest in the UK. In 2012/13, over 110 business executives from 76 companies were involved in mentoring Aston students, including; Accenture, Barclays, BMW, Capgemini, Deutsche Bank, Goodyear Dunlop Tyres UK Ltd,KPMG, Marks & Spencer, McCann Erickson, NEC Group, Pinewood Technologies, Lloyds Banking Group, TUI Travel and many successful SMEs. 

Professor George Feiger, Executive Dean of Aston Business School, added; " I am delighted to welcome David to Aston Business School. He brings with him a wealth of experience and specialist knowledge which will enhance and strengthen our academic and business partnerships and enrich the teaching experience of our students."

Professor Bailey has his own column/blog in the Birmingham Post and Coventry Telegraph and writes widely for magazines and newspapers. He has previously held Professorships at Birmingham and Coventry Business Schools respectively. You can tweet him via @dgbailey.


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