Here, you will find information about all of the academics working within the Centre for Brexit Studies.

The Centre boasts staff from across the University, displaying the cross-sector impact Brexit will have on the UK, Europe, and the world. 

Centre Director 

Alex de Ruyter is a professor at Birmingham City University and serves as Director of its Centre for Brexit Studies. He brings a wealth of research experience and academic engagement in the areas of globalisation, regional economic development, labour market and social exclusion issues. He has published over 60 academic outputs in leading national and international economic journals and has been the recipient of research funding, including being an investigator in an ESRC funded study on the effects on subsequent employment experience of workers from MG Rover after plant closure in 2005.

Professor de Ruyter has undertaken numerous media interviews and is currently researching on the likely impact of Brexit on the UK automotive supply chain in addition to exploring working in the "gig economy". He is also a Board member of the Regional Studies Association.

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  • Professor Imran Awan

    Professor of Criminology

    Professor Imran Awan is one of the country’s leading criminologists and experts on Islamophobia and countering extremism.

  • Professor David Bailey

    Visiting Professor

    David Bailey is  Professor of Business Economics at Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham.  He has written extensively on industrial and regional policy, especially in relation to manufacturing and the auto industry. His recent research has been funded by a number of state and private organisations. He is now...

  • Gill Bentley

    Visiting Fellow with the Centre for Brexit Studies

    Honarary Fellow at the University of Birmingham, Gill is an expert on local, regional and EU economic development, Industrial policy and governance, and is known for her research on Local Enterprise Partnerships and Combined Authorities, in the transition from regionalism to localism in the UK, seen in the context of the...

  • Professor Les Budd

    Visiting Professor

    Leslie Budd is Reader in Social Enterprise at the Open University Business School. He is an economist who has published extensively on urban and regional economies in relation to the European Union, digital social inclusion, and global financial markets.

  • Sir Vince Cable

    Visiting Professor

    Sir Vince Cable was named Leader of the Liberal Democrats in July 2017 after a career in politics spanning over 20 years.   He read Natural Sciences and Economics at Cambridge University, where he was President of the Union, followed by a PhD at Glasgow University. In 1981 he joined the Social Democratic Party (now the...

  • John Clancy

    Visiting Professor

    John Clancy is the former Leader of Birmingham City Council (2015-2017), the largest local authority in Europe, based in the U.K.’s second biggest city. He oversaw an annual revenue budget of over £3 billion, and over £6 billion in assets. He has been a Labour councillor for Hodge Hill ward initially and then Quinton ward since...

  • Bertha Dzifa Kumodji

    PhD Student

    Bertha graduated in Human Resources in 2011. In this year, she moved into the banking industry and began to build a career in Customer Service and as an HR Professional. She has 5 years’ experience working in a range of financial and services industries including GCB Bank Ghana Limited, Guaranty Trust Bank (Ghana) Limited and...

  • Dr Arantza Gomez Arana


    Arantza enjoys engaging in academic discussions with undergraduate, postgraduate students and colleagues, through the development of critical thinking in Social Sciences.

  • David Hearne


    David joined the Centre for Brexit Studies in 2017 as a researcher, having previously worked as an economist in a regional think tank.  David’s primary research interests lie in regional economics and the sectoral and regional impact of Brexit.  Ongoing research includes measurement issues within the regional economy as well as...

  • Ian Henry Visiting Professor

    Visiting Professor

    Ian Henry is the  Owner and Managing Director of AutoAnalysis and Visiting Professor at the Centre for Brexit Studies.

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