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Dr Bettina Becker

      Bettina Becker 

Tel: +44(0)121 204 3339
Email: b.becker@aston.ac.uk

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Bettina joined Aston Business School as a lecturer in 2014, having previously worked at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) in London, Loughborough University and the Ifo Institute in Munich. She holds a PhD in Economics from Birkbeck College at the University of London and an MSc from the London School of Economics. Bettina’s research interests lie in the areas of innovation and R&D, SMEs, FDI, and firm and industry performance.

Prof David Bailey

      David Bailey 

Tel: +44(0121) 204 5262
Email: d.bailey@aston.ac.uk

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David is perhaps best known for his knowledge of UK and West Midlands car manufacturing. Most recently, David has undertaken European funded research on using foreign investment to upgrade clusters and on industrial and regional policy and the rise of ‘phoenix’ industries such as the low carbon vehicles cluster here in the West Midlands. He has also been studying ‘reshoring’ in manufacturing. He has twice chaired the Regional Studies Association, and has acted as a Special Advisor to the House of Commons Select Committee on the West Midlands region, presenting to a number of select committees and All Party Parliamentary Groups.

Prof Stephanie Decker

Stephanie Decker 

Tel: +44(0)121 204 3268
Email: s.decker@aston.ac.uk

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Stephanie Decker is a Professor in Organization Studies and History at Aston Business School, where she has been working since 2010. After completing her PhD in history at the University of Liverpool in 2006, she held postdoctoral appointments at the LSE and Harvard Business School, before joining the University of Liverpool Management School in 2007/8. She teaches qualitative approaches to international business & strategy, and is interested in supervising doctoral research in this area (e.g. internationalisation, multinational strategy, and issues in emerging and developing economies). She has presented her work at a variety of universities in the UK, Europe, America and Africa, as well as external organisations such as the World Bank.

Dr Angelo Delis        Dr Agelos Delis

Tel: +44(0)121 204 3247
Email: a.delis@aston.ac.uk

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Agelos joined ABS in September 2011, having spent the previous two years as Visiting Lecturer at the University of Cyprus. Prior to that, he was for two and a half years Research Fellow at the Leverhulme Centre for Research on Globalisation and Economic Policy (GEP), University of Nottingham. His main research interests lie in the area of International Trade and FDI. His current work studies the reasons why Greek firms’ exports have not increased significantly despite a sizeable reduction of labour cost recently (post 2010) using firm level data.

Dr Jun Du

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Tel: +44(0)121 204 3340
Email: j.du@aston.ac.uk

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Jun is a reader of Industrial Economics, and has been part of ABS since 2005. Her has two areas of research interests. On the international business research, she is interested in understanding firm strategy of internationalisation and the consequences on firms themselves and their spillover effects. Jun is also keen on learning about the driving forces and impediments of economic growth and development, from multi-level dimensions of individuals, firms, industries, regions, governments, and their interplays. Empirically, the main observations are drawn from different contexts of emerging countries as well mature economies. Her current research on China covers a wide range of topics on the economics of industrial organization and the role of institutions as determinants or mediating factors; on how resource (mis-)allocation may facilitate or retard aggregate productivity growth and the implications on its sustainability and inclusiveness; all is built on a deep understanding of China’s on-going enterprise reforms such as ownership change, privatisation and institutional reforms in both formal and informal ways.

Dr Chris Jones

      Chris Jones 

Tel: +44(0)121 204 3036
Email: c.jones2@aston.ac.uk

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Chris maintains primary research interests in various areas of International Economics and Business. His doctoral thesis looked at the political economy of trade policy in Africa. Since then he has written papers on economic growth, trade and foreign direct investment (FDI) with a focus on developing countries. His main interest now is using firm-level data to analyse the locational choices of MNE’s applied to a number of different contexts; these include FDI in conflict zones, FDI in tax havens and the FDI decisions of Tobacco firms.

Prof Tomasz Mickiewicz

      Tomasz Mickiewicz  

Tel: +44(0)121 204 3007
Email: t.mickiewicz@aston.ac.uk

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Tomasz joined ABS in January 2012. His previous position was Professor of Comparative Economics at SSEES University College London (since 2008), where he started as a lecturer in 1996. Prior to that I spent one year as a researcher at the University of California in Davis. My first academic post was at the Catholic University of Lublin, Poland. In the past he has also served on the board of directors of a major privatised producer of herbs ‘Herbapol’, worked with OIC International on a business incubators programme and also spent some time in public administration as the deputy mayor of Lublin, responsible for economic matters.

Dr Anna Rebmann

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Phone: +44(0)121 204 3651
Email: a.rebmann@aston.ac.uk 

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Anna Rebmann joined ABS in 2014 and is a lecturer in International Business. Her primary research interest is in comparative entrepreneurship and the relationships between formal and informal institutional environment and commercial and social entrepreneurship.

Prof Paul Reynolds

      Paul Reynolds 


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In 1988, after two decades in three sociology departments, Reynolds shifted focus to firm creation and growth and was subsequently on the faculty of five business schools. With David Story he coordinated a six country comparison of regional factors affecting firm births in 1991-93. He was, along with Richard Curtin, a coordinating principal investigator for the US Panel Studies of Entrepreneurial Dynamics [PSED] from 1994 to 2010. Refining this research paradigm, which involves tracking the business creation process in a representative sample of pre-profit start-ups, involved consultation with eight other national projects to facilitate cross national comparisons. This experience led to the role as the founding coordinating principal investigator of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor [GEM] initiative from 1998 to 2004; the GEM project has now collected harmonized data on the prevalence of business creation in a hundred countries. He is currently involved in a variety of analysis with the GEM data set and coordinating PSED projects in five EU countries [Finland, Latvia, Spain, Switzerland, and the UK]. Reynolds received the Swedish Award for contributions to SME research in 2004 and the Academy of Management Entrepreneurial Division award for exceptional activities advancing entrepreneurship scholarship in 2012.

Prof Ute Stephan

Prof Ute Stephan 

Tel. +44(0)121 204 3183
Email: u.stephan@aston.ac.uk 

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Ute Stephan is a Professor of Entrepreneurship at Aston Business School. Previously, she was at the University of Sheffield, the London School of Economics, and the Catholic University Leuven, Belgium. She holds a PhD in psychology from the University of Marburg, Germany. Ute is the incoming editor of Applied Psychology: An International Review and serves on the editorial review boards of the Journal of International Business Studies and Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice.

Ute’s research explores the relationships between culture, social capital, formal institutions and entrepreneurship. She is interested in social entrepreneurship as a driver of institutional change, as well as in understanding entrepreneurial motivation and leadership more generally.

Dr Yama Temouri

Dr Yama 

Tel: +44(0)121 204 3244
Email: y.temouri1@aston.ac.uk

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Yama's research interests are in foreign direct investment and its effects on firm performance and labour markets. He is currently working on the links between institutional quality, MNE (re-)location and ownership strategies. Another theme of his research looks at the determinants of tax haven FDI and its impact. He has worked on several externally funded projects, including the recent NESTA project on linking High-Growth firms and productivity as well analysing performance of local business clusters for the OECD. His work is empirical in nature, using large firm-level datasets and drawing on international business theory to shed light on policy and business relevant research questions.