My academic research is eclectic, covering international business, applied economics and international marketing as well as a number of related fields of interest, including: international and European political economy, institutional economics, new economic geography and entrepreneurship in the developed and emerging market and the postcommunist country contexts.
My current areas of active research interest involve examining the inward investment strategies of technologically intensive Chinese state-owned enterprises in the UK; the impact of Brexit on cross-border foreign direct investment flows between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic; the strategic determinants of foreign direct investment in English Premier League football clubs; the formal institutional constraints on entrepreneurship and SMEs in Kazakhstan; the contribution of foreign-owned international businesses to cluster development and related spillover effects in Russia; and the reasons why UK voters chose leave in the 2016 UK Brexit referendum, in defiance of their apparent economic self-interest.
I am currently supervising PhD students who are researching into: supply chain disruption risk management in the post-acquisition context; the determinants of intergenerational succession planning by Mediterranean family business owners in the UK; and the nature and management of the acceptance and legitimisation challenges that arise during interactions between MNEs and their local subsidiaries in the developed country context.
Research project(s) and grant(s)
I have participated in winning and carrying out an EU Framework 6 grant and research project, focusing on the changing geography of production in labour intensive European industries. I secured funding from the British Council to support cooperation between the University of Northampton and MATI University, Moscow, underpinning a programme of joint curriculum, research and staff development. I am currently seeking funding from the Think Forward Initiative for to support an investigation into the motives underlying 2016 UK referendum leave voting amongst differing social identity groups in the UK.