Having graduated from the University of Manchester in 1984 with a degree in management, Dr McCabe spent time in industry as a management trainee before commencing an EPSRC research-sponsored MSc in Management at Birmingham University in 1988. Since 1989 Steven has worked at Birmingham City University and, having lectured in economics, general and human resources, as well as strategy and operations, but with a special emphasis on TQM, improvement techniques and benchmarking, is now an associated professor in the IDEAS (Institute for Design, Economic Acceleration & Sustainability) in which the emphasis is developing innovation and economic growth in a way that's good for stakeholders and recognises the importance of the environment.
Steve is author of a number of articles and books and, in the last two years, has co-authored Brexit and Northern Ireland, Bordering on Confusion, English Regions After Brexit, Examining Potential Change through Devolved Power, Exploring the Green Economy – Issues, Challenges and Benefits, published in July 2021 and Green Manufacturing, what this involves and how to achieve success, published in October 2021. Latterly he has published books on the way in which the British housing system works (and fails) and on British defence policy. He was recently published chapters on Boris Johnson and Irish Republicanism and its uneasy relationship with the monarchy.