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 debates about the relationship between relational geographies of production and changes in institutional architectures and place-based approaches to regional economic development and devolution. As an author she has produced both academic papers and practitioner directed commentaries on these topics; she has more than 50 papers and conference presentations. In addition, Gill is also known for her work on economic and regional development and policy issues, which includes research and papers on the restructuring of the European automotive industry and, in particular, on the ESRC funded project about the closure and policy response to the demise of the MG Rover car plant in Birmingham, UK, work undertaken with Alex de Ruyter and David Bailey. Gill has also undertaken EU funded research on Integrative Territorial Strategic Planning with EU partner universities and stakeholders and on Regional Innovation Strategies for the European Commission. She also has a record of consultancy work, for local authorities and other clients.

Her civic engagement role has been to influence policy debates through giving evidence to House of Commons Select Committees, All Party Parliamentary Groups and the Smith Institute, as well as through participating in debates locally, nationally and internationally about economic development, policy and governance issues. As an invited speaker, she spoke at Centre for Cities events about City Mayors and about flexibility and adaptability in the administration of the Structural Funds at OECD HQ in Paris about ‘Designing better Economic Development Policies’. She was external examiner to the now closed IED programmes on Local Economic Development. On the editorial Board of Local Economy Journal and, as well as being a Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, and a Member of the Institute of Economic Development, she is an active Fellow of the Regional Studies Association.