Chris Grey studied Economics and Politics at Manchester University, where he then completed a PhD on the regulation of financial services, which began a career researching and teaching, broadly, the interface of politics and business. After working as a lecturer at Leeds University, he moved to Cambridge University where he became Professor of Organisation Studies at the Judge Business School and was a fellow of Wolfson College.
He then moved to Warwick University and subsequently to Royal Holloway, University of London where he is now Emeritus Professor of Organisation Studies in the School of Business and Management. He has held visiting professorships at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark, at Université Paris-Dauphine, France, and been a visiting fellow at the Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research, Sweden. In 2015 he was made a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS) in recognition of outstanding contribution to social science.
Since 2016 he has written a popular and influential blog on Brexit (now entitled ‘Brexit & Beyond’) which has led to him being described as ‘the best writer on Brexit’ by the Europe editor of The Economist, ‘the best guy to follow on Brexit for intelligent analysis’ by the London Bureau Chief of ARD German TV and ‘a must-read for anyone following Brexit’ by the law and policy contributing editor of the Financial Times. His writing on Brexit appears on House of Commons reading lists and the Northern Ireland Assembly website, and has been quoted by Reuters, the Financial Times, CNN, the South China Morning Post, Die Zeit, Il Sole 24 Ore, The Observer, The Times, the Irish Times, The Scotsman, The Guardian, Liberation, The Week and many others. Apart from his blog, his commentary on Brexit has been published by New Statesman, Prospect, the i, PMP Magazine, Byline Times, the New European and The National, amongst others, and he has appeared on the BBC, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Germany’s ARD, as well as giving invited expert evidence to the Scottish Parliament. In 2020, he was described in the Irish Times as ‘the doyen of Brexit commentators’.