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Dr Neil Pyper

  • Overview

    Overview

    Biography

    As well as Assistant Dean (Education) in the School of Business, Economics and Informatics, I am Senior Lecturer in International Business. Before joining Birkbeck in October 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 teach a range of international business modules at Birkbeck, and also have significant experience of teaching strategy, strategic leadership and decision making at all levels.

    Office hours

    Please email me to arrange a meeting.

    Qualifications

    • 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

    Administrative responsibilities

    • Assistant Dean (Education)
    • Director of Postgraduate Education

    Visiting posts

    Professional activities

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

    ORCID

    0000-0001-7272-1630
  • Research

    Research

    Research interests

    • Strategic foresight
    • Political Economy of Latin America
    • Experiential pedagogy in Higher Education

    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.

    The following are my recent publications in this field:

    Wright, G., Meadows, M., Tapinos, E., O’Brien, F. and Pyper, N. (2020). Scenario Planning ad Foresight: Advancing Theory and Improving Practice. Technological Forecasting and Social Change.

    Tapinos, E. and Pyper, N. (2017). Forward looking analysis: Investigating how individuals ‘do’ foresight and make sense of the future. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 126: 292-302.

    Wright, G., Meadows, M., Tapinos, E., O’Brien, F. and Pyper, N. (2017). Improving scenario methodology: theory and practice. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 124: 1-5.

    Davis, P. and Pyper, N. (2015). Enacting a new approach to scenario planning: The potential of pragmatic ideas. Foresight, 17(5): 427-443.

    Davis, P. and Pyper, N. (2015). Applying actor-network theory and pragmatist thinking to the process of implementing scenarios. International Journal of Foresight and Innovation Policy, 10(2-4): 88-102.

    I am also interested in the political economy of Latin America, drawing on an eleven-year career as a political risk analyst and consultant. I have published articles and given on these subjects in a range of media outlets.

  • Supervision and teaching

    Supervision and teaching

    Teaching

    I teach on a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate international business modules. In the past, I have also taught strategy, strategic leadership and decision making.

    Teaching modules

    • International Strategy and Operations (BUMN141H6)
    • International Business Environment (BUMN142H5)
  • Business and community

    Business and community

    I have media training.

    Media

    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

      Outreach

      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.