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Research interests

As an inter-disciplinary social scientist, my research focuses on the globalization of financial and professional service firms, the competitiveness of the City of London, and the future of work for the 'professions' in city-regional development.  This body of work draws on the theoretical lens' of economic and financial geography, and migration/mobilities and organisation studies. Current research explores:

  • global talent mobilities in reproducing the competitiveness of financial centres;
  • the role of FinTech ecosystems and financial services clustering in the competitiveness of the City of London and U.K. city-regions;
  • transnational professionals and the future of knowledge-intensive work, and;
  • sustainable business travel in reconfiguring low-carbon organisations and urban economies.

I have also published on super-rich capitalism, including seminal work on 'exposing the global super-rich' and private wealth management.

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. 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, The Institute for Public Policy, FinTech West and the Combined Authority of the West of England. I sit on the Advisory Board of FinTech West, advising on the role of FinTech in the economic development of the Bristol and Bath city-region.

I'm a former Editor-in-Chief of Global Networks, have served on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Contemporary European Studies, Geoforum, 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 also sit on the Nominations Committee of the U.K. Academy of Social Sciences. I currently hold a Visiting Professorship in Economic-Urban Geography at the University of Gent, Belgium and an ESRC Knowledge Exchange Fellowship.

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

I was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2012.

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. 

External positions

Visiting Research Professor, Universiteit Gent

1 Sep 202031 Aug 2023

Structured keywords and research groupings

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


  • Economic-Urban Geography
  • Highly-Skilled International Migration
  • World Cities
  • Professional Service Firms
  • Transnational Elites
  • Business travel
  • Fintech
  • Executive search
  • City of London
  • Super-rich capitalism
  • Global Urbanism


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