Professor Jonathan V Beaverstock

BA (Wales), PhD (Bristol)

  • BS8 1SD

1990 …2019

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Research interests

Jonathan is Professor of International Management in the School of Management. Since joining Bristol in 2014, he has served as Interim Head of the School of Economics, Finance and Management, and Head of the newly forming School of Management. From 2014-17, he served as the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law's International Director (Associate Dean). Previous, he was Professor of Economic Geography at the University of Nottingham, and Professor and Head of the Department of Geography at Loughborough University. Jonathan has also worked in the School of Advanced Urban Studies and Department of Geography at Bristol University.

As an inter-disciplinary social scientist, Jonathan's research focuses on the globalization of the professions and professional service firms drawing on the theoretical lens' of economic geography, international management and organisation studies. Current research examines:

  • global talent mobilities in FinTech and professional service firms;
  • the professionalization and internationalization of retained global executive search and Chinese law firms;
  • financial services clustering and the competitiveness of the City of London;
  • transnational professionals and the future of knowledge-intensive global work, and;
  • sustainable business travel mobilities.

Jonathan's research has been funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Economic and Social Research Council, British Academy, Nuffield Foundation and the Leverhulme Trust. The impact of his research has informed the likes of H.M. Treasury, The Corporation of London and Abu Dhabi’s Economic Development Council. He is Editor-in-Chief of Global Networks, on the Editorial Boards of Mobilities and Transnational Corporations (UNCTAD), and is a member of the U.K.'s Economic and Social Research Council's Global Challenges Research Fund and Standard Grant peer review colleges.

Jonathan is available for PhD supervision on fintech, globalising professional service firms, professionalisation and professional work, City of London, and expatriation and sustainable business travel. 

External positions

Visiting Research Professor, Ghent University

1 Sep 202031 Aug 2023

Structured keywords and research groupings

  • Global Political Economy
  • Perspectives on Work
  • Urban Research Cluster

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Research Output

Common Threats and Managing Reputation in Executive Search Firms

Harvey, W. S., Beaverstock, J. V. & Li, H., 14 Oct 2019, In : British Journal of Management. 30, 4, p. 847-868 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

Open Access
  • 75 Downloads (Pure)

    Toward a construct of dynamic capabilities malfunction: Insights from failed Chinese entrepreneurs

    Zhang, H., Amankwah-Amoah, J. & Beaverstock, J., 1 May 2019, In : Journal of Business Research. 98, p. 415-429 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • 7 Citations (Scopus)
    98 Downloads (Pure)

    Comparing London and Frankfurt as world cities: A relational study of contemporary urban change

    Beaverstock, J., Hoyler, M., Pain, K. & Taylor, P., 2018, The Globalizing Cities Reader. Ren, X. & Keil, R. (eds.). Oxford: Routledge, p. 154-160 8 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book


    Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences

    Beaverstock, Jonathan V (Recipient), 2012

    Prize: Election to learned society


    The UK in a Changing Europe Workshop, The Political Economy of Brexit: Impact on Sectors, Regions and implications for Policy

    Yllka Hysaj (Speaker), , Jonathan V Beaverstock (Participant), & Gregory Schwartz (Participant)


    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Ghent University

    Jonathan V Beaverstock (Visiting researcher)

    1 Sep 202031 Aug 2023

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution

    Global Networks (Journal)

    Jonathan V Beaverstock (Editor)

    Oct 2019

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

    Supervised Work

    Labyrinth of Highly Skilled Migration in Japan: Society, Labour and Policy

    Author: Wakisaka, D., 25 Sep 2018

    Supervisor: Singleton, A. (Supervisor) & Beaverstock, J. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)