Academics

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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  • Dr Anne Richardson Oakes

    Associate Professor and Director: Centre for American Legal Studies

    Dr Anne Richardson Oakes is an Associate Professor  in American Legal Studies in Birmingham City University's School of Law.  She currently teaches US Constitutional Law, Public Law, and Equity and Trusts.

  • Jay Rowe

    PhD Student

    Jay gained a BSc (hons) from the University of Birmingham, and later earned an MA from Keele University. Having worked for several SME and non-profit organisations, he returned to academia to read for a PhD in Social Science at the Centre for Brexit Studies.

  • Dr Krish Saha

    Senior Lecturer

    Krish Saha is an institutional economist and currently working as a Senior Lecturer in International Business at the Birmingham City Business School. His research interest includes institutional influence on business performance, country governance, supranational institutions and trade.

  • Dr Jacob Salder

    Visiting Professor

    Dr Jacob Salder   is a Lecturer in Enterprise in the Masood Enterprise Centre at the Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, where he teaches units in entrepreneurship and in venture creation. He specialises in SME development and growth, entrepreneurship, regional development policy, and has research...

  • Sukhwinder Salh

    Visiting Fellow

    Sukhwinder graduated in Law in 1993, and went on to complete a Masters in law at the University of London in 1994. Moving straight into an academic role as a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Derby provided a clear insight into the world of academia. In 1997 she moved into industry and began to build a career as a HR...

  • Dr Rebecca Semmens-Wheeler

    Lecturer; Co-Course Director, MSc Psychology; Mental Health and Wellbeing Co-lead

    Rebecca Semmens-Wheeler  joined BCU’s Psychology department in 2016 and is co-Course Director for the BPS accredited MSc in Psychology. 

  • Dr Shishank Shishank

    Senior Lecturer in Operations Management

    Dr. Shishank Shishank has a multidisciplinary background with a PhD in Operations Management from the University of the West of Scotland. His PhD brings together both management and engineering concepts and was titled Outsourcing: Decision-making during the stages of Design and Engineering.

  • Dr Philip Tomlinson

    Visiting Professor

    Philip's research embraces an inter-disciplinary approach with a strong research interest in the interplay between economic governance (which includes regulation), innovation, regional development and industrial strategy. In these spheres, he has a particular interest in the conduct and performance of small and medium sized...

  • Dr Vangelis Tsiligiris

    Visiting Professor

    Vangelis is a Principal Lecturer at Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University, UK. He is also Honorary Lecturer at the School of Management of the University of Liverpool. He completed his degree in Economics at the University of East London and continued to complete a postgraduate degree in Management at the...

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