Professor Jonathan V Beaverstock

BA (Wales), PhD (Bristol)

  • BS8 1SD

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Research interests

My research focuses on global talent mobilities in fintech and professional service firms, and the competitiveness of the City of London's financial services cluster, drawing on the theoretical lens' of economic geography, international business management and organisation studies. Current research explores:

  • global talent mobilities in fintech ecosystems and cluster dynamics;
  • the competitiveness of financial services clustering in the City of London;
  • the internationalization of global executive search and Chinese law firms;
  • transnational professionals and the future of knowledge-intensive work, and;
  • sustainable business travel.

He has also published extensively on: super-rich capitalism, including seminal work on 'exposing the super-rich' and the exclusive world of financial centres' private wealth management ecosystems; and globalization and world cities.

My research has been funded by UKRI (Research England), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Economic and Social Research Council, British Academy, Nuffield Foundation and the Leverhulme Trust, and its impact has informed stakeholders like H.M. Treasury, U.K.'s Migration Advisory Committee, The Corporation of London, Abu Dhabi’s Economic Development Council and FinTech West in the Bristol-Bath region. Currently, I'm Editor-in-Chief of Global Networks, on the Editorial Boards of Mobilities and Transnational Corporations (UNCTAD), and a member of the Economic and Social Research Council's Global Challenges Research Fund and Standard Grant peer review colleges.

I am available for PhD supervision on topics like, fintech, globalising professional service firms, professionalisation and professional work, City of London, global talent management, expatriation and sustainable business travel. 

Since joining Bristol in 2014, I've served as Interim Head of the School of Economics, Finance and Management and newly forming School of Management, and the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law's International Director (Associate Dean). Previous, I was Professor of Economic Geography at the University of Nottingham, and Professor and Head of the Department of Geography at Loughborough University. 

External positions

Visiting Research Professor, Universiteit Gent

1 Sep 202031 Aug 2023

Structured keywords and research groupings

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


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