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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  • 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.

  • Dr Kimberley Hill

    Visiting Fellow

    Kimberley Hill, PhD is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at The University of Northampton. Her research expertise is in social, cognitive psychology and public health, with a focus on how social cognition, decision-making processes and contextual factors mediate health promoting and health-risk behaviours.

  • Dr Ewan Kirk

    Senior Lecturer

    Ewan Kirk is currently the Senior Personal Tutor on the LLB Programme within the Law School.  Ewan teaches EU Law and Intellectual Property Law at undergraduate and postgraduate level. His areas of research interest include intellectual property law and internet law.

  • Dr Robert Lawson

    Associate Professor

    Dr Robert Lawson completed his ESRC-funded PhD thesis at the University of Glasgow in 2009 which focused on urban adolescent language use in Glasgow. During the course of his PhD, he completed a period of overseas research training at the University of Arizona, taught a range of undergraduate courses at the University of...

  • Di Li


    Di Li is a  Lecturer in Supply Chain Management at Birmingham City Business School and Senior Fellow at the Centre for Brexit Studies.

  • Professor John Mair

    Visiting Professor

    John Mair is a Visiting Professor with the Centre for Brexit Studies at Birmingham City University.  He is a former BBC current affairs producer, who has worked for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4.  He helped create the Thursday night BBC staple ‘ Question Time ’ and   Watchdog .

  • Dr Steven McCabe

    Senior Fellow

    Steve is an accomplished lecturer, researcher and economist, with considerable knowledge of business, manufacturing and construction. Steve has worked with organisations in both the private and public sectors in understanding how people are crucial when it comes to long-term development, innovation and creativity. Drawing on...

  • Beverley Nielsen

    Associate Professor and Senior Fellow

    Beverley has worked for Birmingham City University for over a decade in a variety of exciting roles. Positions have included Visiting Tutor, MA Design Management and Business Development Manager for Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, as well as Director of Employer Engagement and Director of Corporate Affairs for the...

  • Dr Stefania Paladini

    Reader in Economics and Global Security

    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...

  • Dr Alexandros Psychogios

    Professor in International Human Resource Management

    Dr. Alexandros Psychogios is a Professor of International HRM in Birmingham City Business School at Birmingham City University. He is also a Research Visitor in South Eastern European Research Centre (SEERC) and Associate Researcher in GNOSIS Research Group of the Management School at the University of Liverpool.

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