Centre for Regional Economic & Fiscal Development and Investment

Alex de Ruyter is a Professor in the Business School and also serves as its Director of Research. He brings a wealth of research experience and academic engagement in the area of regional economic development and labour market issues. He has published over 50 academic outputs in leading national and international economic journals and has been the recipient of research funding, including being an investigator in the ESRC funded study on the effects on subsequent employment experience of workers from MG Rover (with David Bailey) after plant closure in 2005.

Email: Alex.deRuyter@bcu.ac.uk

Paul Forrest is Visiting Professor in the Business School at BCU and is also Head of Research for the Midlands Economic Forum. Paul brings an expertise in economic analysis and is particularly interested in developing a regional economic model and evidence base to support policy and business. He also has extensive private sector experience from the banking industry, where his particular expertise was in country risk analysis.

Dr David M. Higgins is Professor of Real Estate at Birmingham City University, School of Engineering and Built Environment. He joined BCU in 2016 from RMIT Melbourne, Australia and is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. David has strong global professional links and has worked in the property industry including Colliers International, Bayleys Real Estate, Jones Lang LaSalle and Tyndall Property Fund Management. For the past five years, David’s academic research has extensively covered the property investment markets, looking at market structures, issues of extreme risk, property finance and social housing performance to recognised benchmarks.

E-mail: david.higgins@bcu.ac.uk

Dr. Stefania Paladini is a Reader in Economics & Global Security at Birmingham City University. Before joining academia in 2008, she has worked for the Italian central government for fifteen years, seven of which spent in East Asia as a trade commissioner. She obtained her PhD in International Relations and Security Studies from City University of Hong Kong. Among her recent activities, the EU-F7 IRSES - Chinese FDI in the EU "CHEUFDI" (2013-2016), a joint project in agent-based modelling for environmental security and innovation, and an ongoing research on the EU space industry. Latest book: S. Paladini (2016) Asian Worlds in Latin America, London: Routledge. Stefania brings an expertise and experience of the East Asia region to the debate around City-Regions proactively engaging with emerging economies.