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Dr Neil Pyper

  • Overview



    I am Head of Education and Student Experience in the Faculty of Business and Law. Previously, I was Assistant Dean (Learning and Teaching) in the School of Business, Economics and Informatics, and have been Director of Postgraduate Education in the former Department of Management. Before joining Birkbeck in 2020, I was an associate professor at Coventry University. Prior to embarking on an academic career in 2012, I spent eleven years as a political risk consultant, specialising in Latin America. 

    I am a specialist in strategic foresight, and have published on scenario analysis. I am co-author of a textbook called Technology Strategy, which was published by Red Globe Press in 2019. I am also a specialist in the political economy of Latin America. I have co-edited the book Corporate Governing in Latin America: The Importance of Scandals to Institute Change, which was published by Palgrave in 2023. I am currently working on a textbook on decision making.

    I teach a range of international business modules at Birkbeck, and also have significant experience of teaching decision making, strategy and strategic leadership at all levels.

    Office hours

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    • PhD, University of Liverpool, 2002
    • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Advance HE, 2015
    • Certificate in Professional Studies in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Liverpool, 2013
    • BA (Open) in Economics, Open University, 2019
    • BA in Latin American Studies, University of Liverpool, 1997

    Web profiles

    Visiting posts

    Professional activities

    Elected Council Member of the British Academy of Management (BAM)

    Accreditor, Advance HE

    Former Treasurer of BAM

    Professional memberships

    • Certified Management and Business Educator (CMBE), Chartered Association of Business Schools

    Honours and awards

    • Best Paper, Management and Business History Track, British Academy of Management, November 2019
    • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), Royal Society of Arts, January 2021
    • Best Developmental Paper, Corporate Governance Track, British Academy of Management, November 2018


  • Research


    Research interests

    • Strategic foresight
    • Management and Political Economy in Latin America

    Research overview

    My core research interests are in the area of strategic foresight and scenario analysis. I have published a number of articles on the these subjects, including in Technological Forecasting and Social Change, where I have also been involved in editing two special issues.

    I am also interested in management and political economy in Latin America, drawing on an eleven-year career as a political risk analyst and consultant. I have co-edited the book Corporate Governing in Latin America: The Importance of Scandals to Institute Change, which was published by Palgrave in 2023. I have also published articles on the region in a range of media outlets.

  • Supervision and teaching

    Supervision and teaching


    I teach on a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate international business modules, as well as the Help to Grow leadership development programme. I have also taught strategy, strategic leadership and decision making.

    Teaching modules

    • Help To Grow: Management (BUBU071N0)
    • International Strategy and Operations (BUMN141H6)
    • International Strategy and Operations (BUMN141H6)
    • Micro-placement (CASC002H5)
  • Business and community

    Business and community

    I have media training.


    I am happy to receive enquiries from the media on the following topics:

    • Politics and economics in Latin America, particularly Peru, Mexico and Central America
    • Strategic foresight and scenario analysis


      I have written extensively on the politics and economics of Latin America. My work has been published by Oxford Analytica and the Economist Intelligence Unit, as well as in The Guardian, The Independent, New Statesman, The Conversation and other high quality media.

      I have been interviewed regularly on the region on CNN, the BBC Radio 4 Today Programme, CNBC, Bloomberg, CGTN, Rai News and elsewhere.