Professor David Bailey, Professor of Industrial Strategy, Aston Business School

Drivers of Change in the Global Auto Industry

Wednesday, 27 November 2013Professor David Bailey potrait



'Drivers of Change in the Global Auto Industry' examines what factors are forcing change in the auto industry and what it might look like by 2020. It looks at UK output trends and broader drivers of change including changes in production patterns, technology, labour needs and changing demand patterns. In so doing, it tackles in an accessible way, some key questions such as how electric vehicle take up can be encouraged.


Professor David Bailey joined the Aston Business School on 1 October as Professor of Industrial Strategy. He has previously worked at Coventry University and before that at the Birmingham Business School, where he was Head of School and Director until 2009.

David has written extensively on economic restructuring and industrial and regional policy, especially in relation to manufacturing and the auto industry. He is a columnist and blogger for The Birmingham Post and Coventry Telegraph newspapers, as well as Reuters. He recently led an ESRC funded project on the economic and social impact of the MG Rover closure, which had widespread coverage in the media.

David was twice Chair of the Regional Studies Association, a major international learned society, over 2006-12 and is now a Vice-Chair of the Association and an editor of its flagship journal, Regional Studies.

David has acted as Specialist Advisor to the House of Commons Select Committee on the West Midlands, has given evidence and made presentation to a number of select committees and All Party Parliamentary Groups, and is one of the most publicly visible academics in the UK through his wide ranging media work.

David is also a frequent after-lunch and after-dinner speaker at high level business and policy events. Tweet him @dgbailey.

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