Associate Professor in Business Economics, University of Bath

My research has tended to come under the themes of globalisation, economic governance and development, which have been at the forefront of the political and economic debate for much of the last decade. In this respect, part of my research has focused upon the role of transnational corporations and in particular, examining the wider impact of their activities for local and regional economic development (with an emphasis upon the Japanese economy) and also upon key inter-connected stakeholders such as governments, supplier firms and trade unions.

I am also interested in exploring the nature of relationships between firms and also with institutions within regional clusters (and/or ‘industrial districts’) and more broadly within inter-firm and industry networks, which tend to have a wider geographical scope. In particular, I am interested in the impact of inter-firm co-operative ties and the role of institutions upon firm and industry performance and also in relation to innovation/innovative activities and again in exploring the wider implications of these linkages for local and regional development paths.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Business Economics, University of Bath