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Professor Nigel Driffield


Research Interests

Since my PhD my main area of research has been the economics of international business. The focus of this is the nexus between firm strategy, such as location decisions, and local responses seeking to influence this in both home and host country.

Some recent externally funded projects:
Leverhulme Fellowship: inward investment and local economic development: 2013 -2015.

ESRC: Who really gains from inward investment

ESRC: Maximising the benefits of inward investment. (A follow on award working with GBSLEP and Business Birmingham):

ESRC: FDI, governance and firm performance.

OECD: The location of high technology activity.

BIS Foresight: The future of inward investment in manufacturing, part of the BIS foresight report into the future of manufacturing.

Teaching in 2021-2022

  • LA2300: Law and the International Business Environment

Enterprise Research Centre, Strategy & International Business

Email:  /  Tel: 024 765 24622  /  Room: 2.118


I am a Professor of International Business at Warwick Business School, and I am also Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor for Regional Engagement. As well as pursuing academic research, I also work with a number of stakeholders, both locally and nationally on issues relating to inward investment and economic development.
An example of my impact work can be found here:

I am on the editorial review board of the Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of World Business and Global Strategy Journal and was a member of the Management and Business Panel for REF2014.
More generally, I have held 5 ESRC awards, and have carried out research and consultancy projects for UNCTAD, OECD, World Bank, European Commission, and in the UK several Government Departments including UKTI and BIS, and several local Regional Development bodies in the UK and elsewhere.


Journal Articles

Book Item

  • Driffield, N. L., Henry, M. and Love, J. H. (2008) "Trade, technology transfer, and productivity spillovers", Volume 4, 75-94, Lit ; Global Book Marketing [distributor], Berlin ; London


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